Nonna's Shortcut Ricotta Cookies


1 package white cake mix
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
1 egg
1 1/4 teaspoons anise extract, divided
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup holiday nonpareils for decorating


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cake mix, ricotta cheese, butter, egg, and 1 teaspoon anise extract until thoroughly combined. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar, milk, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon anise extract until smooth. Spoon glaze over cookies, then immediately decorate with nonpareils.