Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)

by Erica Dinho on December 8, 2012

Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)

Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)

Cookies and milk anyone? It’s cookie baking season in the United States and I want to share with you today a popular Colombian cookie recipe called Galletas de Anís.

These Anise Cookies are crispy on the outside and have a gorgeous chewy inside. The flavor of the anise is very delicate and they are absolutely delicious!

This Anise Cookies recipe could not be easier to make and is an absolute must on my Christmas cookie tray this year!

Buen provecho!

Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)



(About 20 cookies)

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of anise extract
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon of anise extract
  • 2 tablespoons of milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon of heavy cream

Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)


  1. Position 1 rack in the upper third and 1 rack in the middle of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and anise on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour and eggs. Beat just until blended.
  3. ith lightly floured hands, roll the dough into small balls and then place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake until the edges of the cookies darken slightly, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the racks and let cool completely.
  5. o make the glaze, mix the butter and the confectioners’ sugar until well incorporated. Add the anise, milk, and cream, and beat until smooth, adding more milk as needed. The glaze should be thick but pourable.
  6. Set the rack over a sheet of parchment paper. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the cookies. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
  7. Galletas de Anís (Anise Cookies)

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa December 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Yes, PLEASE!! That light touch is just what this cookie (and jar of milk) needs.


2 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! December 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Que lindas te quedaron…


3 Heather @girlichef December 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Erica, I absolutely adore the flavor of anise…and my hubby is a huge fan, as well. I’m going to have to add these to my holiday baking this year, they sound awesome!


4 Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz December 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Oh never had anise flavored cookies before but very curious to try.


5 Jeannie December 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

i only ever use anise in cooking but not in cookies! Sounds delicious! Yours looks delicious!:)


6 grace December 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

i don’t really like the flavor of anise, but i always thought the seeds were so pretty! :)


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