Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix butter (must be room temperature), mix with sugar, sour cream, eggs, anise flavoring.
  • Mix these ingredients well.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix well again.
  • The dough will be sticky so put in refrigerator until it hardens so you can work with it. Make small balls and place on cookie sheet, un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Spread far apart because they spread. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes; check the bottom after 10 minutes, if light brown they're done.
  • Do not overcook. Cool before icing.
  • ICING:
  • Milk, Powdered sugar, Anise flavoring
  • Ice cooled cookies and sprinkle the Nonpareil sprinkles.
  • Now you are going to want to add icing to the cookies, so you are going to have to make the icing.
  • HERE IS HOW YOU MAKE THE ICING:
  • Get a medium sized bowl, one that is deep and narrow.
  • Put in 3 cups of confectioner's sugar also called powdered sugar, and then add in 1/4 cup of milk and 1/2 tsp. pure anise extract.
  • Mix this well. Making icing like this is a very forgiving recipe; you just add a little more milk and or a little more powdered sugar as you go to get the right consistency.
  • When you add the milk, just add one drop at a time, a little goes a long way with the powdered sugar stuff.
  • You want to get the consistency of the icing so as to drip off of a spoon but still be thick enough to not totally drip off of the cookie.
  • You will have to experiment with this until you get it just right.
  • TIP: You need to get the Nonpareils which are THINNER and have no chocolate bits

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  • anthonyitaliano 4 years ago
    Oh yes! These are such a Christmas classic! I grew up in an Italian home, grandparents from Italy, and these wonderful cookies would come out every Christmas and still do! I find it interesting that you put anise extract in the icing mix. I have always used vanilla for the icing. That actually sounds awesome adding more anise flavor :-)
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  • lilliancooks 5 years ago
    I love anisette cookies! I make my with sesame seeds instead of sprinkles!
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    angelinaw ate it and said...
    Michael, I baked these cookies this weekend as I get ready for my trip back to the homeland, see my family, and celebrate the holidays full of our traditions. They turned out wonderful, just like a small moist shortbread with anise undertones. Instead of the nonpareils, I used raisins and made little snowman faces. I know my family is going to love them! Truly, thank you for sharing!
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    chihuahua ate it and said...
    Very, very lovely.
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    luisascatering ate it and said...
    I just baked a batch of sugar cookies today at the cafe, with sour cream in the dough, very similar to your recipe! These sound fantastic--- I can just imagine the lovely smell from the anise :-)
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    midgelet ate it and said...
    great recipe!
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    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    OMG, michael! I thought this post was from KYtigger. Read the above and PLEASE forgive my stupidity.
    Lorraine, the dumb
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    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    Italian families are all alike it seems, donna. Tradition, tradition, tradition. I have my grandmother's recipes (through my father) for her Turta (cheese bread), Pasatini (chicken stock with bread "noodles" and Stuffed Olives which are the most time consuming of all to make. When Ed and I do them, we take two days to get the completed product. Of course, they are to die for... Thanks for sharing this tradition with us and you get my five.
    Lorraine
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    ambus ate it and said...
    Mmmmmmm!That's delicious!I am definitely going to try it in future.
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    minitindel ate it and said...
    MMMMMMMM very nice michael love it .thanks for sharing your family secret recipes ..........five plus

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  • dollhead 5 years ago
    These sound great! Thanks for the share.
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  • conner909 5 years ago
    These sound delicious, Michael...love Anise!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Ooohhh, sounds great, Michael. Saving to try! :) Vickie
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    jdpinky ate it and said...
    I can't wait to try these:)
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    peetabear ate it and said...
    these sound wonderful...will add to my holiday cookie list....^5
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    gourmetana ate it and said...
    Thank you for sharing this precious recipe Michael. It looks simple and delicious! Couldn't be better :)
    Can I use crushed anise seeds instead of anise flavor?
    *5*
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    angelinaw ate it and said...
    Thank you Michael! Although I couldn't find a pizelle iron, I can make these cookies to take home with me. Cooking and biscotti baking is this weekend!
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    bobbyc0117 ate it and said...
    Thanks so much for this recipe. I came on the site to find a good anisette cookie recipe and here it was on the home page. I will definitely be making these this year for christmas. You got my 5
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    juels ate it and said...
    Love the flavor of anise, these sound wonderful! I'll try them out!
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