Italian Almond/Amaretto (or Anisette) Cookies w/ Icing

Italian Almond/Amaretto (or Anisette) Cookies w/ Icing


½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp almond extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2-3 Tbsp milk


2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp almond extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liners

For Cookies:

  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add almond extract.
  • Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture, then add 1 Tbsp milk. Add another third of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of milk.. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour mixture until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  • Use a small cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies–use wet fingers to pat any rough edges.
  • Bake cookies 10-12 minutes–they won’t be brown but the insides will be soft and cake like.

For Icing:

  • Mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. Hold cookie in your hand and paint with finger–cover entire cookie with glaze and sit on a baking rack with wax paper underneath to catch any drippings. Immediately top with sprinkles before glaze dries.
  • Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air tight containers or freeze.

These freeze well!

NOTES:  You can use anisette instead of almond extract in these cookies.  Substitute the almond extract to anisette extract in the cookie, and cut the amount of anisette to 1/8- 1/4 tsp. anisette flavoring in the glaze

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