Anise-Almond Sprinkle Cookies

  • Serves

    makes About 40 Cookies

Anise–Almond Sprinkle Cookies
Anise-Almond Sprinkle Cookies

A Pernod-accented glaze gives these cookies their trademark anise flavor.

Test kitchen assistant Phillip Basone's grandmother used to make these soft, festive cookies every year at Christmas; a Pernod-accented glaze gives them their trademark anise flavor.


For the Cookies

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 18 tsp. kosher salt

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Pernod
  • Rainbow nonpareils


Step 1

Make the cookies: Heat oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugar with hand mixer; add eggs one at a time. Add milk and extracts, then flour, baking powder, and salt. Roll into 1-tbsp. balls; bake 10 minutes or until browned on the bottom. Allow to cool before glazing.

Step 2

Make the glaze: Whisk confectioners’ sugar and Pernod together to form a smooth glaze; add water to thin as needed. Dip cookies in glaze and top with nonpareils.

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