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Self-Frosting Anise Drops
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"There are so many cookies I love as part of my family's holiday traditions, from pecan refrigerator cookies to rum bubbles. These delicious little Anise Drops have a crisp "frosted" top with a slightly chewy interior - they magically frost themselves!" -- Margaret Mittelstadt, director of community relations
makes 4 - 6 dozen


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 eggs, room temperature

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (a coarse sugar will not work)

1 teaspoon anise oil or extract

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Self-Frosting Anise Drops
  • I'm a dairy free recipe!
  • I'm a gluten-free recipe!
  • I'm a heart healthy recipe!
  • I'm a low sodium recipe!
  • I'm a vegan recipe!
  • I'm a vegetarian recipe!


  1. Sift flour with baking powder.
  2. Using a mixer, beat eggs and sugar at medium speed for 30 minutes (yup, that's minutes).
  3. Turn to lowest speed. Add flour. Beat for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add anise oil. Blend for another minute. The batter will be a little runny.
  5. Drop by teaspoons full onto greased and floured cookie sheets.
  6. Let stand uncovered for 8 hours or overnight. Cookie top should be firm and dry to the touch.
  7. Preheat oven to 325°.
  8. Bake 10 minutes or until cookies are a creamy golden brown on the bottom. Store in a tightly covered container.
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