Molletes - Mexican Anise Seed Rolls

READY IN: 2hrs 25mins
Recipe by mollypaul

Molletes are traditionally served as a coffee cake. This bread freezes well. Posted in response to a recipe request.

Top Review by Kasha

Very easy to make doing the dough in the bread machine. I halved the recipe, but had to knead in more flour at the end. I also kept all the quantity of anise seeds, and I'm glad I did. Could even use a bit more. Good, easy recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in warm water in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream shortening with remaining sugar.
  3. Beat in eggs; add salt and anise seed.
  4. Add creamed mixture to yeast and thoroughly combine.
  5. Gradually add flour to mixture until a moderately firm dough is formed.
  6. Knead dough on a lightly floured board until it is smooth and elastic.
  7. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise until double in size.
  8. Punch dough down, knead, and allow to double in size again.
  9. Knead dough and shape into round balls the size of an egg.
  10. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. Place in a well-greased pan, cover, and allow to double in size again.
  12. Lightly brush with margarine and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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