Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sassy Sweets: Anise Cookies

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Christmas means anise time in our house.  My mom loves the taste of anise so they show up in at least one of our many cookie recipes that are made during the holiday season.  Being home in New York now, I am watching more of the cookie making than I have in the past 7-8 years.  It was hard to come up with a "favorite" that I really wanted to showcase.

When Mom and I started talking about a cookie for the blog, she immediately suggested the anise cookies because they are very finnicky.  The first year Mom made them was over 10 years ago and they puffed up like the traditional cookie easily, quickly, and no one could get enough of them.  Mom always judges cookie recipes by how many people eat them, and then ask for them to be put back onto the cookie list the next year.

Well, after that successful venture, Mom made them the next year, but they were flat as could be.  Disappointed, but still in love with anise, Mom made them every few years for the last 10 years.  This year (with the help of a new mixer), Mom had another success!  These anise cookies are everything you could want in a holiday cookie and the smell emanating from the kitchen is phenomenal!

Anise Cookies  (adapted from here)
Serves:  45
3 eggs
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon anise extract
2 tablespoons anise seeds

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together for 15 minutes at high speed.  Make sure it is a full 15 minutes.  Gradually stir in flour, anise extract, and anise seeds.  Spoon out dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto well-greased cookie sheets.  Decorate, if desired.  Let the cookies stand uncovered for at least 4 hours.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Bake cookies for 12 to 15 minutes until cookies brown slightly.  Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. 

Enjoy the holidays!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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