Low Sugar Anisette Cookies

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I’ll never forget the first time I made these cookies. My father in law was staying with us at the time and he was sitting in the living room watching TV, secretly waiting to see what I was baking in the kitchen. When I brought a few out to him he was excited. He went on to tell me that his grandmother used to make these, but because he didn’t like the taste of licorice, she used almond extract instead.

What an amazing coincidence! I knew he didn’t like licorice, in fact I think I’m the only one in the house who does. So instead of anise extract I chose to use a combination of vanilla and almond extracts instead. I posted about these Italian Anisette Cookies back in 2008. I’ve made them every Christmas since then and they were always a hit.

But I love licorice. I’ve always wanted to try them with anise, so when Truvia® challenged me to bake once of my favorite recipes and substitute Truvia® for the sugar, I decided this was as good a time as any! Truvia® Baking Blend has 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar.

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Truvia® is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar. As you can see from the back of the bag, it’s easy to switch out the sugar in a recipe and use the Truvia® Baking Blend. it has sugar-like texture and moistness and bakes and browns like recipes that are made with sugar.

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Truvia® Baking Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1.5 pound bag with a closeable, easy-to-use pour spout. You may have noticed in the chart on the back of the bag that you will use less Truvia® than you would sugar. One 1.5 pound bag of Truvia® Baking Blend has equivalent sweetness to 3 pounds of sugar, which is approximately 7 cups – enough to make 13 pies, 9 batches of cookies or 6 batches of brownies. Visit the Truvia® website for more tips and information on Truvia® Baking Blend

Challenge Results

Amazing. Really! Could not tell the difference at all. They baked up beautifully and tasted just as good as I remembered them. So if you are looking for a lower sugar alternative, take a look at Truvia® (hint, check out the giveaway below!).

This is a super simple recipe that yields beautiful results. Don’t you agree that there’s something magical about nonpareils? Whenever you use them, people oooooh and aahhhhh. It’s magic.

Low Sugar Anisette Cookies - AmandasCookin.comFirst melt the butter and shortening together, then whisk in the Truvia®. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, whisking well. The mixture will be nice and silky. Add the extract then the dry ingredients.

Low Sugar Anisette Cookies - AmandasCookin.comYou’ll have a nice soft dough. If it’s too sticky to roll, add small amounts of flour until it can be rolled in the palm of your hand. But be careful, don’t overdo it or you’ll dry out your cookies. Use a cookie scoop, the best measurement is half full. Roll and place on parchment lined insulated baking sheets.

Low Sugar Anisette Cookies - AmandasCookin.comBake them for 6-8 minutes. 7 minutes was perfect for mine. Don’t worry if they are a little cracked, you’re going to glaze them anyway! Mix up the glaze and dip the tops of the cookies in. Do about 5 at a time, then sprinkle with nonpareils. Doing 5 at a time gives you enough time to sprinkle before the glaze begins to harden.

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Leave a comment on this blog post stating what holiday cookie/dessert you are most excited to try re-creating using Truvia® Baking Blend.

Good luck!

Low Sugar Anisette Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Total Time: 47 minutes

Yield: 75 cookies

Serving Size: 3 cookies

Low Sugar Anisette Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Truvia® Baking Blend
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract (can use vanilla or lemon extract instead)
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Melt butter and shortening together. Add the Truvia® Baking Blend; mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the anise extract.
  3. Sift or whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture gradually. If the dough is too sticky to roll in the palm of your hand, add flour until firmer, but it should be very soft. Roll dough in small ballsand place on parchment lined insulated baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes (the bottom should be lightly browned but the tops should remain light). Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely before glazing.
  5. Glaze:
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk to the confectioners’ sugar. Add small amounts of milk until you have a thick glaze This is usually 3 tablespoons for me. Keep it on the thick side. Dip top of each cookie into glaze. Sprinkle with colored jimmies or nonpareils while glaze is still wet. Dip and sprinkle 5 at a time, that seems to be the magic number before the glaze begins to set.

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39 Responses to Low Sugar Anisette Cookies

  1. 1
    Kel says:

    I would love to try with monster cookies – my favorite cookies!

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    Mami2jcn says:

    I’d like to try to make carrot cake.

  3. 3
    Amelia says:

    I would try making Peanut Blossoms with the Truvia Baking Blend…one of my faves!

  4. 4
    Lisa says:

    I’d like to try chocolate chip cookies! A classic

  5. 5
    Amy Tong says:

    I can’t wait to try these Truvia® Baking Blend on my family’s favorite Triple Chocolate Almond COokies! Yum! Then, I won’t be so guilty eating the whole batch! hahaha

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Norma says:

    I’d like to try it with chocolate chip cookies. Those are my family’s favorite and it would help to cut down on the calories without them being aware of it!

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    Terri says:

    I would try Truvia® Baking Blend in my snickerdoodles!

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    Karen Medlin says:

    Love to try it with grandma’s Fruit Cake Recipe

  9. 9
    Mary Reinacher says:

    I can’t wait to try these Anise cookies. They were my father’s favorite. I’ve used Truvia for quite some time and love it.

  10. 10
    Diane says:

    The comments above has nothing to do with the Anisette Cookies. When I was a little girl, my Aunt would make these for Christmas, but she would honey to glaze them with the sprinkles and then make a pyramid out of it. I guess that is how she was taught by her Italian in-laws. The cookies were good that way also.

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    barbara n says:

    The holiday cookie I am most excited to try re-creating using Truvia® Baking Blend is my moms fruited shortbread recipe

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    Barb S says:

    I’d try this with my favorite biscotti recipe (apricot-almond).

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    Diane S. says:

    i wuld love to try these cookies!

  16. 16
    Debbie Thompson says:

    Cranberry Apple Crisp!

  17. 17
    Elin says:

    I’d try this out with a simple sugar cookie first, then I could play around more and dress it up.

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    manda says:

    I would love to try and change up pecan pie!

  19. 19
    Sharon says:

    I am trying peanut butter cookies. Dh’s favorite.

  20. 20
    Diane says:

    Anything that has choc chips in. YUM

  21. 21
    Kesha says:

    I would love to try Truvia with my Chocolate Chunk cookies!

  22. 22
    Anne B. says:

    I would like to try this with chocolate chip cookies.

  23. 23
    Ashley says:

    I would love to try it with my simple decorating sugar cookies or my cookies and cream layer cake.

  24. 24
    Lisa Brown says:

    I would like to make sugar cookies
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  25. 25
    Connie says:

    I second, third, or fourth the snickerdoodle contingent.

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    Tracie says:

    I would love to try my favorite snickerdoodle recipe (best cookies on the planet!) using Truvia.

  27. 27
    ilona t says:


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    Jennifer Keffeler says:

    I would love to try cheesecake and my famous chocolate pound cake!

  29. 29
    Sue says:

    I would like to try my sugar cookies made with the Truvia, and put anise (I LOVE licorice too!) in the royal icing to decorate them:)

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    hummingbrd59 says:

    I would love to try Truvia in a warm and cozy custard pie. I tried years ago and used the “pink” packet of stuff, but not too tasty. I am going to give Truvia a try, because I do use it in my tea and coffee as a sweetener.

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    hummingbrd59 says:

    Oh yeah… Fresh whip cream with Truvia. Yummmm….

  32. 32
    Ingrien Schaefer says:

    My bread pudding.

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    Carol says:

    I would love to try to make Gingerbread Cookies.

  34. 34
    Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to recreate gingerbread cookies.

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    Pat Conforti says:

    I would like to see sugar-free chewy Oatmeal Coconut cookies.

  36. 36
    Emily B says:

    I would try out my brownie cookie recipe.

  37. 37
    Elena says:

    apple pie!

  38. 38
    Carolsue says:

    I’m going to try making Gingerbread Cookies

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    Michelle Hudak says:

    My 7-layer Jello recipe

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