Iced Italian Anise Cookies

The anise flavor is growing in popularity for cookies and pastries - and for good reason. With its distinct and sweet notes, it brings a remarkable taste to many creations, especially our iced Italian anise cookies recipe. Get the recipe below and enjoy!

Our Delicious Iced Italian Anise Cookies Recipe

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Bickford Anise Flavor
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (may need up to 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 -3 tablespoons milk

Ingredients for Icing:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2-3 drops Bickford Anise Flavor
  • food coloring
  • decorative candy sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Add Bickford Anise Flavor.
  5. In a separate bowl, blend flour and baking powder.
  6. Turn mixer on med-low and add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture then add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  7. Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies - use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball.
  8. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes (they won't be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like).


  1. Mix sugar, milk and Bickford Anise Flavor to make a sugar glaze.
  2. If you're adding food coloring, divide the glaze into bowls and add color(s).
  3. Glaze cookies and immediately top with sprinkles.
  4. Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air-tight containers or freeze.



Recipe adapted from

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