6 eggs
5 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon anise oil
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup shortening

For Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon anise oil
1 cup milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. Beat eggs until frothy (approximately 6 minutes)
2. Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, add to egg mixture slowly.  Add in the liquid shortening (The dough should be a bead like texture)
3. Pinch into one inch balls and bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, making sure not to brown tops.
4. For the icing, mix powdered sugar, anise oil extract and milk with hand mixer.
5. Dip cookie face down in icing while still wet. Add sprinkles!!

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Scala-McGrath, Cookies by Jenn, 2010.

Another Italian Christmas treat for all to enjoy are these delicate cake-like cookies, glazed with icing and topped with colorful candy sprinkles. They have a mild anise flavoring, which is very typical of many Italian baked goods. Italian families always served these cookies at holidays such as Christmas, weddings or special celebrations.

Head cookie maker and owner of Cookies by Jenn, Jennifer McGrath-Scala has been making these cookies since she was a child. Jennifer grew up in an Italian Family where food was the center of everything. Jenn watched as a little girl her grandmother; mother and aunts bake cookies for the holidays. When she was “old enough,“ they would give her dough to play with and it made her feel so important and that is when she started to love baking and cooking.

Over the years her friends and family couldn’t wait for Christmas time (and for other holidays) because they enjoyed her cookies so much. For the past several years her friends at work encouraged her to sell her cookies but you can make them yourself as well by watching her video. This video was filmed in the Kitchen Showroom at the Building Center in Gloucester, MA. You can obtain more information at their web site;

Italian Anise Cookies
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