Italian Anisette Orange Marmalade Cookies Recipe

Monday, December 13, 2010

A wonderful Italian Cookie recipe from a very loved friend~

Back in Upstate NY around 1994, I moved to Florida. These two wonderful neighbors lived right down the street from me. We use to get together just around every morning for coffee and homemade cookies after we drop our kids  (her granddaughter Amy, and my son Curt below in the picture we are way in the background, this was 1988).

 at the corner of our developement,  to take the bus to school. We didn't have to walk far but boy on those blustery days in the winter, these cookies were sure to hit the spot with a great cup of coffee. Lousie aways made a fresh pot, not from a machine, but the old fashioned way perked, what a cup of coffee that was , just fabulous... We would sit and chat with her husband, Jim, he would always give the greatest advice, I truly believe he could have solved alot of the worlds problems, he always had a resolution that made perfect sense. He should have run for office!

Orange marmalade and anisette a perfect match~

Shape in loaves makes around 6 good size loaves 8 small 
My two dearest friends from Upstate NY. Louise and Jim.
This is Louise's special recipe for these delicious Italian Anisette Orange Marmalade Cookies.  I miss them everyday since I moved here. Thank you Louise for this fabulous recipe and hope you two have a blessed Christmas! These cookies are absolutely wonderful!
 These actually are a soft cookie unless you  can bake them twice if you like but She doesn't,  they are great the way they are. After they are cut,  if you prefer, put them back in the oven and toast them turning once on a 350 degree oven until brown on both sides
1 cup crisco
1 cup sugar
4 eggs beaten
1 small 1 oz bottle anise extract
1 cup marmalade
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
1 egg yolk beaten for tops to brush on

Combine crisco and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs, anise, marmalade. Blend in flour and levening agents. If dough is too sticky add more up to one more cup of flour.
 Flour hands shape into loaves don't make them too big, these should be 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. Brush with one egg yolk beaten. Bake on 400 till browned. Slice loaves on the slant when cooled.  Freeze loaves unused until ready to serve. You can leave these plain or toast in 350 degree oven till brown.

Thanks again memories of those days are etched in my brain forever.... I miss you both!


  1. nice to see your lovely friends!the cake sounds very flavoured!

  2. I so love this - the anisette for an authentic biscotti flavor and then the orange marmalade for that crisp sweetness. This will definitely have a place of honor this holiday season. The picture? Sweeter than the biscotti!

  3. These sound excellent with the anise extract, yum!

  4. There is nothing like a special recipe from a dear friend or family member - makes it taste that much better! I love the idea of orange and anisette together.

  5. I make my plum pudding with marmalade and have a lovely fresh jar of the good stuff from England... would love to make these lovely cookies!

  6. Love the photos! So sweet :o)

    These cookies are perfection!

  7. This is very warm story. I wish I have friends like yours. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  8. great post! My Dad's Mom used to make these all the time and we loved them so!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  9. What a lovely post and some gorgeous cookies as well.

  10. Aww, that's sweet. What great memories, it's nice you can recreate them through food. Isn't that the best way? xoxo

  11. Claudia - some beautiful memories surrounding these cookies. At first glance, they look like biscottis. I just know they're tasty treats with the anise!

  12. Lovely recipe and lovely memories!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hello dear! Thank you for visiting and commenting! I love getting feedback on the posts. I apologize for the difficulty with posting comments.

    These cookies by the way sound delicious and look absolutely lovely and festive. Brings back many happy memories for me!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  14. I love anisette cookies...they remind me of my nonna. She loves them. What a great recipe to cherish from your friend.

  15. this gotta be the perfect cookie for biscotti, love the flavors in there, just what it should be without out too much fuss.... beautiful friends

  16. Great cookie recipe Claudia! You look so beautiful in that photo with your dear friends. The love is showing.

  17. Priceless photos! And for the cookie recipe, it looks lovely and delicious!

  18. They looks yummy and crunchy ! welldone.. :)

  19. I love recipes with a heartfelt warming story. They sound like lovely people. The cookies do look and sound like they really hit the spot on a cold NY morning. Thanks for sharing Louise's recipe and a lovely story with us.

  20. Claudia...your friends sound as lovely as this cookie recipe.
    I can only imagine how honoured Louise must feel now that you portrayed her in such an endearing way ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  21. I just made this recipe of Italian Anisette Orange Marmalade cookies. They're cooling off as I type. Print friendly option could exclude all the pics, but should include the title of the recipe, and tell you how many loaves it will make. I split the dough in half, made two long loaves instead, but it took longer to bake than expected since the toothpick test after 25 minutes proved still quite doughy inside still, so I gave it 10 more minutes at 400 degrees. The number of loaves quantity I saw (after the fact) was included in a pic, but should be in the actual recipe. I think brushing with egg yoke made it darker than if the egg wash was eliminated. I kinda fashioned the cookie baking time to Mary Ann Espitito's, of 25 minutes and still needed more time. You did not include a length time to bake. My Jenn Aire is pretty accurate. Anyway, I'm sure it will be delicious. Anxious to make it again...I love biscotti cookies.

  22. What an amazing recipe thanks for posting !
    I made them for my family they loved them !


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