Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

These cookies have a lovely licorice flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs.
  3. Blend in vegetable oil, orange juice, almond extract, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and anise flavoring.
  4. Sift the flour with the sugar and baking powder.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.
  6. The dough will probably be sticky.
  7. Add additional flour until dough no longer sticks to your hands and can rolled.
  8. Pull off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut.
  9. Roll it into a rope and shape it into a knot.
  10. Place finished knots 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes.
  12. Bottoms should slightly brown.
  13. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
  14. If desired ice with confectioner's sugar icing.


Most Helpful

I have made this recipie for years but added the anisette only to the icing sugar. I have also tinted tne icing and added sugar sprinkles(multicolored or red and green)at Christmas time for a festive look to my cookie trays. These cookies look especially pretty when made at Eastertime and dedorated and iced in pastel colors. They also freeze well without icing and can be defrosted and iced at a later time.

Pamela2 November 27, 2001

Made these to take to DS's recreation group's music day. When making I used essences instead of extract for the almond, lemon and anise. I also downed sized it for 30 cookies but got 60 and like the previous viewer I add an extra cup of flour to get it past the sticky stage, I made the mistake of using the large bowl instead of the small with downsizing and would suggest that if you have dough hooks they may be better to mix it with. Considering it worked out at less than 3 grams of sugar per cookie (with getting 60) they were very sweet and for the tasters it was an either loved them or didn't like them (may have been better dipped in chocolate was one comment). Thank you Mirg for letting me try your recipe. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

I'mPat August 27, 2007

This recipe was a nightmare. I am very sorry to say that. I didn't think there was a dough that a Kitchen Aid Mixer couldn't handle. I have now found it. This easily took 10 cups of flour, and maybe I did something wrong, but the cookies were hard, tasted like overcooked biscuits and were not very anise-y at all. I was making them for my wedding because I liked the knot (tying the knot and all) but these cookies were not worth the time, ingredients, or mess that they made.

Jenn McGowan September 13, 2004

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