Italian Anise Cookies

Memories of childhood seems to be common when people see these Italian Anise Cookies on the Christmas cookie tray. They are easy to make and are sure to bring a smile to faces all around you.


Italian Anise Cookies @createdbydiane

Anise has a licorice flavor that is popular in cookies at Christmas time, I recall having these as a child.

When ever I make them the common response is that everyone seems to remember them from childhood.

These are easy to make, many fit on a each baking sheet. Which means you can make lots of them without any trouble.

This is the recipe I use this printable Italian Cookie and Icing Recipe For Christmas time I add a teaspoon of Anise extract to the cookie recipe and a 1/2 teaspoon anise extract to the icing recipe. I added a drop of white Americolor food coloring to the icing so it was really white, then when the icing is still wet I sprinkles on the christmas colored nonpareils. Allow the icing to dry completely before stacking or wrapping cookies at least a couple  hours.

Italian Christmas Cookies

scoop out the cookie dough with a 2 tablespoon scoop and roll the dough into a smooth ball.

Bake them and let them cool before icing them with an anise flavored icing and top with sprinkles.


Christmas Sprinkles

I just love these Christmas colored nonpareil sprinkles. Just don’t drop them on the floor, really trust me on this, they go EVERYWHERE!!!! I have a habit of dropping these tiny little cuties and have posted photos on Instagram and well I guess I’m not the only one who had trouble keeping the sprinkle off the floor!

Italian Anise Cookies

What cookies do you remember from childhood?

I’d love to know, maybe I’ll start making those too.

This year so far I’m working on Red Velvet Snowflakes and Gingerbread Spice Cut Out Cookies, next up…something chocolate! You do like chocolate don’t you?




  1. My Grandma made orange drop cookies with orange powdered sugar cookies I have never been able to duplicate. They were very cake-like and we loved them! Will definitely try these anise cookies!

    1. You’ll have to let me know if these are similar, they sound it. They are more cake like cookies than crisp cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re Holidays are wonderful this year Sue!

  2. I must have celebrated Christmas under a rock all my life as I’ve never had these cookies before. They sound wonderful and yes, a perfect holiday treat!

  3. Yummy I use to get these from a friend of my moms, Mrs Pisano. She would bake ALOT around Christmas & they were so yummy. Hers had a very unique shape, not like yours. She lived right down the road from us & I would walk over 2 her house & have a snack. Mrs Pisano was French & she made the BEST cookies, pies, pizza, etc… even her water that she gave me tasted Not sure what it was at her house but it ALWAYS smelled good & she always feed Look what the cookies just did, brought back all those childhood memories. Thanks 4 that.

    1. Did she make the s or figure 8 shape, I made those in almond flavor and will post them later this week ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’d LOVE Mrs. Pisano’s house!

    2. Not sure maybe the 8 shape kinda looked like a garlic knot. And yes you would of loved Mrs.Pisano’s house…lol it was awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I love Italian cookies and I’m going to make a batch tomorrow for a family party, what a great recipe. Thanks for all your tips.

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