It has always been a tradition for my family to make an assortment of Italian cookies to give out to friends and family during the holiday season. One Italian cookie that is a fan favorite, and that you will want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are the Anise Drop Cookies. Saying "Anise Drop Cookies" is kind of a mouthful, so you will hear this Italian Cookie more commonly referred to an Anginetti. These easy and delicious Italian cookies will definitely make you want forego that "new year, new you" attitude because you won't be able to get enough of them. Check this out if you want to learn more about another Italian food tradition

Anginetti Cookies

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:40 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • Cookies:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 3 teaspoons Anise extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 cups flour sifted
  • 3 large tablespoons baking powder
  • Frosting:
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • Multi-colored sprinkles
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix sugar, butter, and extract together in large mixing bowl. The Anise extract can also be substituted for lemon or orange extract.

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  • Step 2

    Add eggs to the large mixing bowl and mix again.

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  • Step 3

    Add flour and baking powder into bowl and mix.

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  • Step 4

    Continue to mix batter until it reaches a smooth, slightly sticky, consistency.

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  • Step 5

    Line cookie sheet with non stick foil or parchment paper. Drop tablespoon sized dollops on cookie sheet until there is no cookie dough left in mixing bowl.

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  • Step 6

    Cook 10-12 minutes in the oven or until cookie tops are golden brown. Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes before icing.

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  • Step 7

    While the cookies cool, start making their frosting. Pour the milk and lemon extract into a small mixing bowl with powdered sugar.

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  • Step 8

    Mix frosting until smooth. Dip each cookie into icing, being sure to cover just the tops of the cookies.

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  • Step 9

    Shake on sprinkles using any color that works for the holiday. Let the icing dry for 5 minutes.