Albemarle Inn

A quiet, romantic inn, located in the
Grove Park district of Asheville


December 22, 2018

Holiday Baking Has Begun!

Posted by: Fabrizio Chiariello

Holiday Baking Has Begun!

Italian Anise Cookies 


¾ cup sugar
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon anise extract
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons to 5 tsp milk
1 teaspoon anise extract

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Coat baking sheet with nonstick spray. 
Dough: Beat first 5 ingredients in a large bowl with mixer until blended.  On low speed, beat in next 3 ingredients until blended.  
Drop rounded measuring teaspoons of dough 2 in. apart onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until bottoms are light golden.  Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool. 
Make the Glaze: Whisk 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 4 to 5 tsp milk and 1 tsp anise extract in a small bowl until smooth.
Dip tops of cookies in Glaze and, while wet, sprinkle with nonpareils.  Let set.  Store airtight at room temperature up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 1 month. 

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