These anise cookies are very special to me. They remind me of cookies I would make with my mother growing up. She must have used anise in her Christmas cookie cutouts since that distinct anise flavor that are in these were in those cookies too. We used to make our cookies in late November and freeze them. As we got closer to Christmas we would spend the day frosting the cookies. As a child it was so much fun frosting the cookies that were in shapes of Santa, Christmas trees and snowflakes. I look forward to passing on those holiday baking traditions with my kids as well.
These darling Italian anise cookies are the last featured cookie for this seasons Christmas Cookie Countdown series. If you plan on doing last minute baking this weekend before the big day, these are simple to make and a perfect addition your holiday cookie tray. They are slightly sweet and buttery with just the right amount of anise. They are topped with a simple anise glaze to layer the anise flavor and sprinkled with nonpareils. If you are looking for a classic Italian Anise Cookie you will love these and love how easy these are make too!
Cream butter and sugar. While mixing add in eggs and anise extract.
Stir in flour mixture.
Drop tablespoon size balls on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.
Dip top of cookies into glaze and sprinkle with nonpareils.