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Anise Cookies stack on top of each other, with a glass of milk at the back

Anise Cookies

Anise cookies will make you a believer in the deliciousness of anise! Simple ingredients and prep result in your new favorite cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Anise Cookies, Anise Cookies Recipe, How Do I make Anise Cookies Recipe, How To Make Anise Cookies Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting the Batter 15 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 60 cookies
Calories 262kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • hot water, about 2 tablespoons

Decorations (optional)

  • sprinkles, colored sugar, or jimmies


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, baking powder, and white sugar. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Add the oil, milk, 1 tablespoon anise extract, and eggs to the well and mix together until dough is sticky. Allow the batter to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the icing. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar, 1 teaspoon anise extract, and just enough hot water to form a smooth icing; set aside.
  • Oil your fingers and pinch off dough into 1-inch pieces. Roll pieces into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Slightly flatten balls with the bottom of a glass.
  • Bake cookies for about 8 minutes. Dip the cookies in the icing immediately after they come out of the oven. Decorate, with sprinkles, colored sugar, or jimmies while the icing is still wet and unset.


Serving: 1/18 of the recipe | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg