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Frosted Anise Cookies

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Rating: 3/5
6 reviews
1 comment

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   36

recipe id: 32747
cook method: oven, stovetop

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1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
7 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon anise extract
2/3 cup light cream or half-and-half


1 tablespoon melted butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
colored sprinkles, to decorate, as needed


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and beat well.

In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk

Add flour mixture to butter mixture along with anise extract and cream and, using a wooden spoon, mix well.

Form dough into small balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheets several inches apart. Flatten slightly (using a sugared glass or the palm of your hand) and bake approximately 12 minutes.

Remove to racks to cool then frost.

For frosting, melt butter over low heat in a small pot. Add sugar, milk, and anise extract, stir until smooth.

Dunk tops or sides of cooled cookies into the icing, then dunk into a dish of sprinkles to decorate. Frosting will harden once it dries.

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seems to be a lot of confusion in this recipe regarding the amount of baking powder. 7 teaspoons sounds like too much. i want to try these cookies, they are my mom's favorite ~ should i look for another recipe? thanks everyone!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These are lovely- the recipe is great as is and I usually make lots of adjustments. They have a lovely subtle anise flavor that even my husband (who hates strong anise flavor) enjoyed.

I did bake them 8 minutes, but I think I made them smaller than it suggests. Also, I definitely recommend flattening them out well before baking because they do not spread at all.

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Sep 21, 2009

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I followed the recipe exactly - turned out a bit too cakey for me, but they were still very nice. The aniseed flavour wasn't too strong at all.

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
WAY too much baking powder! I will make another batch and reduce it to 2 tsp. Since we like the rolled/cut/frosted cookies, I will also reduce the amount of cream and chill batter before making cut-out cookies. I am really trying to duplicate anise cookies received from relatives that are made at New York Deli, Rochester NY

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
I was a bit concerned about the 7 tsps of baking powder as well but the cookie part turned out quite good. The frosting on the other hand had way too much Anise. If using this recipe I would recommend using only 1/2 tsp and 1 tsp of vanilla or almond. Still on the search for a recipe closer to my Grandmothers.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I thought these were delicious. I gave some out as gifts and everyone keeps asking for the recipe. I highly recommend and they are very easy to make.

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I think there must be a mistake in the recipe. I made this recipe with the 7 teaspoons of baking powder and they tasted awful. All I tasted was the baking powder. I threw out the whole batch of cookies.

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