Soft Italian Anise Dunking Cookies di Fabiana

Italian Anise Cookies

Calling all cookie dunkers and Italian breakfast biscotti lovers! This easy recipe for Soft Italian Anise Dunking Cookies di Fabiana is perfect for you.
Course cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian anise cookies, Italian dunking cookies, soft biscotti recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 60 cookies
Calories 83 kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD (


  • cups flour all purpose
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-4 teaspoons anise seeds lightly crushed, heaping
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • cups sugar granulated
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • cups milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Position rack to middle.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the anise seeds and the lemon zest to the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on medium-high speed until nice and frothy (about 3-4 minutes).
  6. Slowly add sugar. Continue to whisk until well combined and slightly thickened.
  7. Add the oil and the milk. Combine well.
  8. Switch to flat blade attachment.
  9. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until well just combined, dough will be soft.
  10. Scoop dough with medium sized cookie scoop and drop on a floured surface (approximately 2 tablespoon).
  11. Roll out each piece in a 4-5 inch log about 1/2 inch in diameter.
  12. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet and gently press down to flatten slightly.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (this is a pale cookie).

Recipe Notes

Feel free to adjust the amount of anise seeds to suit your taste preferences.

Cookies freeze wonderfully.

Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Nutrition Facts
Italian Anise Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Potassium 43mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.