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Anise Ricotta Twists

Anginette Cookies / Italian Cookies

“My PRIDE & JOY of Cookies! Versatile and you can mix up the flavors for every holiday and occasion!”

Anise Ricotta Twists Servings – 4 dozen Prep Time – 20 Minute Cook Time – 12 Minutes Ingredients:


  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar

  • 1/2 pound butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon anise extract

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 5 tablespoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon anise extract

  • 1/4 cup colored candy sprinkles



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line cookie sheets.

Combine ricotta, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda; blend into ricotta mixture, mixing in additional flour if needed to form a workable dough.

Break off egg-size pieces of dough and roll in a ball, then roll between hand creating a snake, twist two ends together. Place the dough twists one inch apart on the cookie sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 15 -20 minutes (depending on how thick you want your cookies).


Mix confectioners' sugar, milk, and anise extract together until smooth.

Once cookies are cooled dip the top of each cookie in the frosting or drizzle across the top with a fork in a swiping motion. Place the cookies on racks to let the frosting dry before storing. Immediately sprinkle with nonpareils, jimmies, or other holiday decorations if desired.

Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to one week or frozen for up to three months.

"Flavor the cookie with almond or amaretto flavoring and use melted chocolate for a drizzle, top with a sliced cherry. This makes a great gift for your Valentine! Or roll them into ring biscuit wreaths and sprinkle with red and green dragees for gifting Christmas cookie trays!"
"These can also be rolled into spirals for a different look!"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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