Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 20 mins

This came from my Grandfather who was Greek. These cookies are a tradition amoung Greek people and are served as a good luck token, at weddings, Baptisms, and other celebrations


  1. Melt butter over medium heat, bring to a boil and stir occasionally.
  2. Remove and allow to stand until foam forms on top.
  3. Remove foam with spoon and gently pour into a bowl leaving sediment in pot.
  4. Place bowl in refrigerator until butter is firm, but not hard.
  5. then beat until very light and creamy add 1 cup sugar, egg yolk and anisette.
  6. Continue to beat, add flour 1 cup at a time working last cup by hand.
  7. Dough should be soft but not sticky if needed add the extra flour a little at a time.
  8. Form into 1" balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F degrees.
  10. Cookies will be set but not brown.
  11. Sift half of the powdered sugar on a large sheet of waxed paper.
  12. Place warm cookie on sugar and sift rest of powdered sugar on top and sides.
  13. Cool thoroughly before serving.
Most Helpful

These are delicious! The Greeks certainly like their butter. I skipped the anisette and added some anise seeds, hoping it would be similar, and I really have no way of knowing, but it sure tasted good! I ended up making them too small, so I ended up with about 75 little mushroom-top shaped cookies. I actually recommend them that way, they're great after a big meal when you can't eat much more, and they look so cute and tiny!

memorybank June 16, 2007