I love anise flavor, but only recently purchased my first anise extract. These cookies use the extract and were delicious.
adapted from Italian Dessert Recipes
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon anise extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract or freshly squeezed lemon
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
splash of milk
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add anise and lemon extracts and mix to combine. Add eggs and beat.
Add flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl. Mix until blended. THe dough may be a little crumbly. Use your hands to mix the dough the rest of the way, if ndded.
Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes until barely browned. Make glaze by adding a splash of milk to sifted powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth add more milk until desired consistency is reached. When cookies are cool, dip tops in glaze.