Recipe by Sydney Mike
The original of this recipe was from Pat Aldighieri & printed in our local newspaper, but I've increased the amount of nuts & cranberries, baked them less to give them a slightly softer texture & serve them as a regular cookie. However, if you want them really crisp, CAREFULLY bake them another 10-15 minutes. My daughter can't leave them alone [as long as they don't have the nuts!] & friends are always asking for the recipe! Your imagination is the only thing limiting the number of variations to this recipe!
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- 1 lb unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 8 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (1 ounce) bottle anise
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups dried cranberries
- 2 cups pistachio nuts
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl mix the first 7 ingredients until well blended.
- Stir in the flour one cup at a time.
- When smooth, mix in cranberries & pistachios.
- Pat the dough into a smooth round dome in the mixing bowl, then cut it into quarter sections. Slowly shape each section, patting & rolling it carefully, first into a log, & then into a seamless loaf about 13" long & 4" wide. Place two of the loaves on a 15"x10" baking sheet.
- Bake loaves for 45 minutes, checking them every 15 minutes to see if the dough is spreading out & becoming too flat. If it is, reshape the loaf with a spatula.
- Remove loaves from the oven & allow them to cool. When cool, cut each loaf into 1" slices & then cut those slices in half. Place the slices back on the baking sheet, STANDING UP & SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER, then bake them for another 10 minutes or so.
- Remove cookies from the oven & cool them completely before storing them in an air tight container.