Anise Cookies

Traditional Sardinian Anicini
A Fragrant Biscotti Recipe

Ancini are Sardinia's version of Anise cookies.  

They are a typical cookie made in the town of Ittiri in the Province of Sassari.

A classic Italian biscotti that is baked twice, dry and  crunchy  an ideal pairing with a Malvasia or Moscato wine rigorously Sardinia of course!

Anise Biscotti Cookies
In Sardinia Known As Anicini

italian anise cookies


  • 1 kg All Purpose Flour
  • 6 Whole Eggs
  • 400gr  Granulated Sugar
  • 30gr Baking Powder
  • 50gr Aniseed either whole or ground
  • 160gr Vegetable Oil
  • 160gr White Vermouth Wine
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Large Sugar Granules

Method :

  • Pre-heated to 170°C
  • Prepare a baking tray lined with grease proof paper about 30cm x 40cm
  • Toast the aniseeds, you can do this by simply by placing the seeds  in a pan and on the gas stove with a low heat, stir continuously in order not to burn them for about 4-5 minutes

preparing baking tray
toasting aniseeds

  • Place the 6 whole eggs in a bowl with the sugar and whisk until light and fluffy

eaggs and sugar together
oil and vermouth
  • Then add the oil, vermouth and aniseed's and give it another quick whisk

adding the other ingredients
whisked eggs
  • Sieve Flour and baking together and fold in to the whisked eggs.
  • Note the mixture it quite stiff , this is normal

sieved flour
folgin in the flour
  • Place the mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly, if you find it difficult to spread out because the mixtures keeps sticking to the spatula, lightly grease the spatula with some vegetable oil.
  • Sprinkle the large sugar granules onto the mixture and
  • Place in the hot oven for about 30 – 40 minutes until golden in color and firm to touch

raw-anise cookies
baked anise cookies

Once the mixture is baked you need to slice it up.

Depending how big you wish to make the anise cookies you can cut them up into 3 or 4 strips first.

Then slice each individual cookie into small rectangles of about 2cm wide.

cutting anise cookie in to strips
cutting anise cookie into rectangles

Place the cookies on the baking tray on their side and re-place in the hot oven for about 10- 15 minutes or until golden in color.

anise cookie recipe

Leave to cool and they are ready to serve.

If you prefer you can leave the cookies without baking twice, just a question of preferences.

Side Note About Baking Trays

The ideal baking tray for biscotti's is a narrow tray about 10 – 12 cm wide, the length is really not that important.

The reason for this is because when the cookie is baking they will tend to rise slightly more in the center.

So when you cut up your slices they will all have a nice dome shape to them.

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