Prep 45 mins
Cook 14 mins
An old German recipe I found in my recipe collection, similar to the cookies commercially sold around Christmas time. Prep time doesn't include standing time.
- 2 1⁄4 cups sifted flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons anise extract
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt together several times.
- Beat eggs at low speed until frothy, turn mixer to medium, slowly, gradually beat in sugar (about 1 tbl at a time) Turn mixer to a low speed; add sifted dry ingredients slowly, beat 15 minutes longer, blend in anise.
- Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon drop onto greased cookie sheets,work quickly.
- Allow to stand in a cool place several hours or over night, the top of the cookie should be dry to the touch.
- Bake at 325 F about 14 minutes, should not brown.
- Makes about 10 dz.
These are amazing! I considered putting anise seeds on the cookie sheets, but didn't in the end. The anise flavor is still very strong. The directions in this recipe were very concise, and I followed them all. I have never used my hand mixer for 15 minutes straight (with time-out for scraping down the bowl) before. I made half a recipe, and, with very sloppy portioning, got 47 cookies. So, I think the "about 10 dozen" yield for the entire recipe is more than likely correct. I did not think so before I made these. The flavor is wonderful. They do form a "frosting" layer. My oven is new, and I had a hard time deciding what temperature to set it for, and how long to bake these. Many of mine got overbaked. They still taste fabulous. I will be practicing on these again. Thank you very much for taking the trouble to post these here.
The way I was taught this was to grease and flour the cookie sheet, cover with anise seeds, then drop the cookies onto the seeds. Go through a lot of seeds. Once made, let the cookies get real hard. An old style cookie you dip in coffee, etc. Great cookie if you like anise.
I have never tried Anise Cookies but heard about them from a friend. Excellent recipe and cookie!! Will certainly add this recipe to my favorites. I used a small cookie scoop and got 51 ( approx. 4 dozen ) cookies from the recipe not the 10 dozen as stated. Thank you LDJ for a great recipe !!