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Christmas Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

Christmas cookies are my favorite seasonal treat and I’m constantly baking in our kitchen. Sugar cookies are a classic, but there are so many different ways to make them. If you’re not interested in cutting shapes to decorate, you’ve got to try these Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies which are just dropped onto the baking sheet. They’re easy and super soft, then topped with a homemade whipped frosting. They’re great for beginner bakers who want a sugar cookie without much effort.

With a soft cake-like texture and a homemade frosting, these Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies are a holiday must-bake!

Have you ever tried Anise? Anise is a spice that is popular in European baked goods, but it’s fabulous and you can purchase it at any major grocery store. It has a slight licorice flavor, but it’s very subtle. It adds a touch of flavor to sugar cookies that can normally be a bland cookie. Just a teeny bit goes a long way and these are full of flavor.

If I had to compare these to one type of cookie that you might be familiar with, it’s the frosted sugar cookies that you can buy in the grocery store (Lofthouse). They have the same type of soft texture. But this recipe version is so much better! The Anise extract and homemade frosting is so much better than anything you can purchase in the store.

Have little helping hands in the kitchen? Let them add some sprinkles on top! These cookies taste like Christmas is bursting in your mouth, but they visually need a pop. That’s where the sprinkles come in handy. Let your kids toss the sprinkles on top to finish the cookies!

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How To Make Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies For Christmas

As with any cookie recipe, it pays to have some fantastic cookie baking trays. They’re a great investment and help your cookie bake evenly. I always use silicone baking mats on top of my cookie tray, but you could use parchment paper if you want. This ensures the cookie won’t stick to the tray.

Soft Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

What To Serve With Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

You can’t enjoy one of these cookies without some liquid refreshment. My kids enjoy them with a glass of ice cold milk and I love the cookies with my coffee. They’re a very rich cookie with the frosting on top – like a cake. They’re part of a Christmas dessert tray that I serve after dinner. It’s become one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions! They’re also a great homemade gift from your kitchen.

How To Keep Your Anise Sugar Cookies Fresh

Frosting helps to lock in moisture. Cookies tend to last longer when they’re frosted and they never truly harden like a traditional batter would. When your cookies are cooled and frosted, you can store them in an air-tight container. I’m really careful not to stack my cookies. You don’t want to flatten your frosting. If you lose a few sprinkles, just add more!

Can You Freeze Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies?

I would not freeze the dough because of the amount of eggs in it. It won’t freeze well. However, you CAN freeze the cookies after they’ve been baked and frosted. They can be frozen for up to three months. Just let the cookies thaw to room temperature before enjoying again.

Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies for Christmas

What Type Of Sprinkles To Use

Do not use sanding sugar – use traditional sprinkles. I purchase a variety of sprinkles from Amazon. I divided up my batch of baked cookies into two groups, and used two different types of sprinkles.

What You Need From The Grocery Store:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Anise Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Whole Milk
  • Sprinkles for Garnish

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Christmas Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – 5 to 7 minutes. Beat in the eggs and extracts.

beating eggs together in stand mixer

In another bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder, gradually beat into the creamed mixture.

Adding in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart on a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper). Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze, in a large bowl, mix the confectioner’s sugar, butter, vanilla and enough of the milk to achieve a spreadable frosting. Use a knife to spread the frosting on top of the cookies. COOKIES MUST BE COOLED BEFORE FROSTING.

Adding frosting to the Christmas Anise Sugar Cookies

Sprinkle the tops with Christmas sprinkles and let them stand until set. 

Yield: 1 Dozen Cookies

Christmas Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Soft and cakelike, these Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies have a distinct Christmas flavor. They're topped with homemade frosting and garnished with sprinkles for a festive look!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 6 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Anise Extract
  • 3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder

For The Glaze:

  • 3 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons Butter, Softened
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 Cup Whole Milk
  • Garnish: Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy - 5 to 7 minutes. Beat in the eggs and extracts.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder, gradually beat into the creamed mixture.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart on a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper). Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the glaze, in a large bowl, mix the confectioner's sugar, butter, vanilla and enough of the milk to achieve a spreadable frosting. Use a knife to spread the frosting on top of the cookies. COOKIES MUST BE COOLED BEFORE FROSTING.
  5. Sprinkle the tops with Christmas sprinkles and let them stand until set. 

Notes

Store leftover cookies in an air-tight container. Do not stack your cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 332mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 7g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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