Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Frosted Anise Cookies

Frosted Anise Cookies..One of my all time favorite cookies to make for the holidays. The cookies are so light and fluffy and the frosting with just a touch of anise flavoring just makes these delicious. I have so many memories of being with my best friend Jackie every year and her Aunt Carmie and her Mom, who was a second mother to me. She has a slightly different recipe that we bake together every year, then I come home and make my version to hand out. Both recipes are delicious, but this one is a family favorite.


4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 teaspoons baking powder
2 sticks margarine, softened
4 eggs, beaten
8 ounce softened cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and softened margarine. Mix until mixture becomes crumbly.
3. Add the beaten eggs, cream cheese, milk and vanilla. Mix until it becomes sticky. That is normal.
4. Bake on un greased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes until light golden brown.

For The Frosting:

Combine 1/2 box powdered sugar with a little milk and add 1Tablespoon of anise extract then mix with a whisk until slightly thickened ( not to thick, should be a little watery and smooth). Then dip the tops of the cookies into the frosting and place sprinkles on top. Move to a wire rack to set.

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