Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
This cookie pretty much retains whatever shape you make it. You can use vanilla or anise extract, depending on your preference. It's a not-too-sweet, cakey cookie. They are my husband's favorite cookie.
- 4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons anise extract
- 5 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- Combine flour and shortening as if for pie crust. Add baking powder and combine.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs and then add sugar and vanilla.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture.
- To shape cookies, you can simply roll them into 1-inch balls or you can roll them into logs and fold them into pretzel shapes. They will puff up some but will mostly retain whatever shape you form them into.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes. They will not brown much.
- Cool and frost with your favorite glaze and add sprinkles. For convenience, you can melt store-bought frosting.
Very good and easy!!
This is a delicious, beautiful cookie. I was in a baking group this morning with about a dozen women, and we were trying to get all the baking done for the next 2 months for our congregation. Everyone ooohed and aaahed over these cookies. I love the anise flavor, which is subtle and not at all overwhelming. A real treat. Thanks for a delicious cookie, Zee RN!!
Incredible! Anise is my favorite, so I knew I'd love these. Description is right on, a cakey, not too sweet cookie. Used butter rather than shortening, anise extract, and a simple powdered sugar glaze with half and half and anise extract. Did chill a bit so rolling would be easier. The entire family loved these! I do think the flavor gets better if they have time to sit, we'll see if any make it through the night so I can sample one tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Made for PAC Fall 2007.