National Anisette Day | Colorful Anisette Cookies – The Foodie Patootie

National Anisette Day | Colorful Anisette Cookies

There’s not much to say about these anisette cookies. They are tasty, even though anise isn’t one of my favorite flavors. I just made a simple version of these cookies and dyed them different colors for a pop on the plate. Anyway, I made them on Sunday and they are gone already so if that’ll tell you anything. 🙂

National Anisette Day | Colorful Anisette Cookies

Colorful Anisette Cookies


Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 -3 tablespoons milk


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise extract
  • Food coloring



  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture in 1/3 increments, alternating with 1 tablespoon of milk. Your dough should be like brownie batter so add more flour or milk as needed.
  4. Using a heaping tablespoon, scoop dough and form into a ball, patting down the top slightly.
  5. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes, or until slightly cooked around the edges.


  1. In a bowl, mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. Separate the icing evenly into however many food colorings you have. Turn cookies upside down and dip into the food coloring. Immediately top with sprinkles.
  2. Allow icing to harden in the fridge.

4 Responses to “National Anisette Day | Colorful Anisette Cookies”

  1. Ami@NaiveCookCooks — July 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Never heard of this day or these cookies but GIRL, these look so adorable and cute!! I want them!!

    • Jennifer — July 3rd, 2014 @ 9:13 am

      Aw, thanks! I really do like the multiple food colorings, lol. Great blog you have, I just checked it out! Will be adding to my reading list. 🙂

  2. Jenn C. — July 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I’m not a fan of anise either, but these cookies are very cute. And even though I don’t really care for the flavor, my grandmother and I spent hours making chocolate dipped biscotti for all of the guests at my wedding.

    • Jennifer — July 3rd, 2014 @ 8:56 am

      I love biscotti!!! But yeah, anise can be a little not so pleasant. In very small quantities, it adds a richness, but not too much.

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