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Anise Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


5 dozen

As much as I love giving away my baking, a few goodies—like these anise Christmas cookies—are keepers. The light flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them one of my favorite anise recipes. —P Marchesi, Rocky Point, Long Island, New York
Anise Sugar Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: Frosting of choice and sprinkles


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, aniseed, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks. If desired, decorate cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 72 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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