This cookie was sent to my boyfriend and I for Christmas last year by my Bijan's Grandmother. The first taste kind of surprised me but once I ate one cookie I was hooked. The cookies were cut out into large bar shapes with scalloped edges. They strongly taste of licorice because of the anise oil and that is what makes this cookie so unique.. The anise oil can be purchased at health food stores. The recipe sure makes a lot of cookies but I am not sure how many. The passive work time is the chilling period.