CNYEats A Taste of Utica Italian Anisette Cookies

by Joanne on January 15, 2012

This past summer my niece was married and a cookie tray was prepared using select recipes from out book.

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One of the most popular cookies was the Anise cookie.  Page 196 of the Taste of Utica book.



This week, we’re baking a cookie very similar called the Italian Anisette Cookie, page 154  and posted by Toni (Leone) Guzski.


“Toni, I tried your anisette cookie they were great. Thanks for posting it. – Angela.”


Makes about 2 dozen

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp anise or anisette *Anise is an oil and Anisette is typically a liquor.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix all the above dry ingredients.  Cream the butter with the eggs and anise then mix into the dry flour mixture.  *Add more anise/anisette if you like.

Roll into balls about meatball size then flatten with a Maraschino cherry *or bake then frost with the icing to follow.

Bake at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes.

Frosting without cherry

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • Warm water to desired thin/thickness
  • anise flavoring to your taste (I added 1 tsp)
  • Candied sprinkles or non pariels

Mix the above together (except for the sprinkles) until smooth and drizzle on baked, cooked cookie.  Top with candied sprinkles or non-pariels.


Such a simple yet sophisticated cookie.


Next week:  Italian Rum Cake.  I can’t wait!

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  • At 2012.01.15 09:25, Eftychia said:

    Delicous cookies! My kids will love them!

    • At 2012.01.15 15:28, Joanne said:

      Let me know if you try them. They’re so good.

      • At 2012.01.15 10:11, Sandra's Easy Cooking said:

        What a beautiful cookies, love how moist they look, and recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing, sounds like a great book!
        Have a wonderful Sunday!

        • At 2012.01.15 15:28, Joanne said:

          We love the Taste of Utica book. It’s loosely written but the recipes are so good.

          • At 2012.01.15 12:05, Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D said:

            Oooh, I have to try these.

            Greeks make these, too.
            And, my aunt’s were delicious. Mine? Hard as rocks. Bleck!

            Please considering sharing these at our FREE-FOR-ALL!
            (It’s still open.)

            All the best,

            • At 2012.01.15 15:29, Joanne said:

              I forgot how to do the link up. I’ll check it out.

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