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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.

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mianbao April 02, 2013

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.

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barrettnichols1 December 15, 2009

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 !!

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sochocmom January 22, 2008

I have never gotten so many compliments from these cookies. They just taste great. The only problems are trying to find space to allow the cookies to dry, and to make sure you have a heavy duty mixer. Mine broke the first time I made these, but it's ok. My husband loved the cookies so much, he bought me a mixer the next day. I will definately be making these again. Thanks for the recipe!

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happysunflower36 December 08, 2006

Mine did not form a frosting layer but was tasty. Will try again with half the recipe.

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squeaks2much March 15, 2015

I'm hoping these are the same cookies that my grandmother made when she was still with us. It does sound like them [I remember her having trays laying all over the place overnight :)], she use to put sprinkles or hard silver balls on them. Will try for sure.

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sue p. December 03, 2013

Cookies came out kind of flat, but they tasted great.

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Leslie P. July 08, 2008

I love these! The texture and flavor are awesome, will make again.

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Santa's_Elf July 17, 2007

L DJ, these cookies turned out exactly how I expected them! They have a crisp top shell and chewy center. Aside from being thin drop cookies, they remind me of easier to make and eat springereles. My family is going to be so happy when they taste these. Thank you and thank you for your help, too!

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Kiko December 21, 2005

I am so happy that I found this recipe. My grandmother was originally from Germany and made these every Christmas for us and strangely I never got the recipe. She has now passed but making these cookies certainly reminded me of many cold winters munching on these YUMMY cookies wiht my Grammie. I slightly over cooked my first batch but they were still great. Will be making them again this weekend! Thank you so much for putting this recipe here!!!!

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Danielle L December 15, 2005
Self-Frosting Anise Cookies