Taralli Dolci with Black Anise Seeds

5 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour

5 teaspoons baking powder

6 large eggs

12 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (if using table salt decrease to 1/4 teaspoon)

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

5 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons grated orange rind



3 cups confectioners powdered sugar

4 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Multi-colored nonpareils (hundreds of thousands)


To make icing: combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat gently until lukewarm. Brush over the tops of cooled cookies. Sprinkle with multi-colored nonpareils.


2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees


To make dough, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk eggs in a bowl, add melted and cooled butter, vanilla, orange rind, Black Anise seeds, and combine with flour mixture to make a soft but not sticky dough. Knead lightly to mix. Cut pieces of dough and roll into a rope about 1 inch in diameter, then cut pieces approximately 6 inch lengths, roll into snail shape and pinch lightly together. Bake until puffed and golden about 20 to 25 minutes.

One thought on “Taralli Dolci with Black Anise Seeds

  1. Katherine

    Black anise seeds are not in your list of ingredients. How much goes in this recipe?

    And where do you get your black anise seeds? My mother-in-law used to have some, but she used them all up. She would love to get some more (her family is from Calabria, and they would use them in all kinds of baked goods, including bread sticks and cookies).


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