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Sweets | Anise Cookies

Posted on February 14, 2011

Delicious and not too sweet, a grown-up cookie.

Yield: 40 cookies

anise cookies


4 3/4 ounces unsalted butter at room temperature

2 ounces powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 ounces all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon anise seed

2 egg whites, beaten

turbinado sugar to decorate



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla.

On a low speed, add in flour and then the anise until the dough comes together.

Remove the dough from the mixer and roll into 1-inch thick logs. Brush the exterior of the logs with egg whites and roll in turbinado sugar to coat.

Cut the logs into 1/2 inch circles. Place cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. You can freeze dough logs, without egg whites and sugar on the outside, for up to 6 months.


(Ref. Sur La Table's "Anise Cookies" recipe, "Favorite Italian Pastas" class.)