These old fashioned Anise Snaps are a rare treat. Soft, buttery cookies with a hint of licorice flavor offer something a bit different for the cookie plate.
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3.67 from 9 votes

Anise Snaps (Licorice Cookies)

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 60
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ tsp. anise extract
  • 1 Tbsp. anise seeds
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp. salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer still on medium speed, add the egg, anise extract, and anise seed. Scrape the bowl again.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  • With the mixer on low speed slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat until the dough is well combined.
  • Chill the dough for two hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly butter two cookie sheets.
  • Use a melon baller to form small balls of dough and roll in granulated sugar to evenly coat. Place balls of dough on greased baking sheets and bake at 350 F for 10-11 minutes until the cookies are starting to set and just becoming golden at the edges.
  • Let cool on the baking sheets for five minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.