This is a recipe we came up with when the Eilte Bakery in Rochester, NY closed. They had the most fantastic Christmas cookies. When the new owners took it over, they got rid of this recipe. It took along time, but we finally duplicated it. These cookies have just a little bit of anise flavoring. Its very distinct and delicious. Once you try this recipe, you will make it every Christmas! After we bake them, we frost and decorate them. Great way to get kids invloved.