Anise Cookies

These cookies have a subtle anise flavor to them

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings 36 cookies (depending on size)
Calories 130 kcal
Author Michelle


For the cookies:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half

For the glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • teaspoons anise extract
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  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. 3. Cream the butter, shortening and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the anise extract.
  4. 4. On low speed or with a wooden spoon, mix in the flour and half-and-half alternately, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. 5. Using 1-2 tablespoons of dough, roll into balls (or use a medium-sized cookie scoop) and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Remove to cooling racks to cool completely before glazing.
  6. 6. For the glaze, whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar, milk and anise extract until smooth. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze, letting the excess drip off, and set right-side-up on the cooling rack. The glaze will harden once it dries. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.
  7. * Note 1: The amount of baking powder is not an error - this is what creates the cake-like texture of the cookies.
  8. * Note 2: For an even more potent anise flavor, substitute 1 teaspoon of anise oil for the 1 tablespoon of anise extract in the cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Anise Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.