Anise Cookies

glazed anise cookies

Ever since I first tasted a springerle, (which honestly was less than ten years ago) I fell in loooove with anise flavored cookies.  There is something about the whole “flavor explosion” thing that happens –from just a touch of anise oil– that really drives me over the edge.

With these, I tried out a flour mix by Namaste Foods: Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend… and had great success making them turn out as if I had used all purpose flour.  This made me quite happy.

If you adore anise flavor, and are looking for a quick fragrant bite of awesomeness… then these are the cookies for you.  Try them without the glaze for a more sophisticated “dipping” cookie.

Anise Cookies


  • 2/3 cup Earth Balance margarine, cold
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp EnerG egg replacer frothed with 4 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp anise oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour ( regular ol’ all purpose flour or Namaste- Gluten Free Perfect Flour blend)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.  Mix in egg replacer until very well combined.  Add anise oil and baking powder.  Gradually mix in flour or flour mix, about 1/2 cup at a time until all has been incorporated.

anise cookie dough

Using a tablespoon as a guide, make the dough into round balls.  Place onto un-greased cookie sheet and flatten them slightly.  The shape you make them is the shape they shall remain during baking.

cookie dough

Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until very lightly golden brown around the edges.

Transfer onto wire rack and let cool while you mix up the glaze.


  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/8 tsp anise oil (if you want to tone down the anise flavor, use 1 tsp vanilla extract rather than anise oil)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • a little more than a teaspoon of corn syrup


Mix all ingredients together, making sure there are no lumps.  Drizzle or spread onto tops of cookies.  Once all cookies have been covered once, repeat until they all have two coats of glaze.  Top with sprinkles for a bit of festivity.

Let glaze harden for about 20-30 minutes.  Serve with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa…

gluten free vegan anise cookies

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5 Responses to Anise Cookies

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  2. kala says:

    Mmmm, I love anise in cookies, my faves are lebanese macaroons – an olive oil based cookie flavored with anise :)

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  4. WOW! Those cookies are stunning, they are sophisticated and fun at the same time. THANK YOU for this recipe, I’ve never made or eaten anything like it.

  5. Landen says:

    Those would be good for Santa!