These are traditional Swiss biscuits, made with moulds similar to shortbread moulds. They are hard, and great to nibble on and dunk in coffee. I also make an almond variation for those who don't care for anise, I will post separately. It makes quite a bit depending on the size of your cutters, but is easily halved.
- Break the anise seeds down a little in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle so they are not so chunky.
- Cream eggs and sugar.
- Add kirsch, ground aniseed, and salt.
- Add flour and knead to a dough. You may need a little extra flour to get it to the right consistency.
- Roll out the dough to 1cm thick on a floured surface.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes, make decorations on them using shortbread moulds (or use Anisbrötli Mödeli if you have them!).
- Place on baking paper on an oven tray.
- Bake at 160 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes. The biscuits should not brown but stay light in colour.
We like these cookies A LOT!
I tried to bake them after cutting (like the cookie on the left with the flower) and after drying 12 hours (like the squirrel and the cookie on top): if you want a clear pattern without cracks, it%u2019s better you let them dry at least 12 hours. In this way they will spread only on the bottom.
Growing up in Switzerland we baked these cookies a lot and we always let them dry overnight . That way they develop a "good foot " as my mom used to say . And they stay nice and white .