These soft gluten free anisette cookies are absolutely adorable when they’re finished with a simple glaze and sprinkled lightly with nonpareils. And that’s very fortunate, because they just look so, well, boring without it. So boring, in fact, that you might be tempted to ignore them on a cookie plate. And if you did that, you’d be missing out.
Even if you think you don’t really love the flavor of star anise, there’s something special about the way it mixes and mingles with the light sweetness of the cookie and the more intense sweetness of the glaze. And of course if you have memories of these cookies, they almost certainly involve that anise flavor. But if you’re not feeling it, or you’re concerned your guests may not, then just replace it with any other extract. Lemon or orange are popular extracts to use in place of anise here.