Herbal Recipes for a Holiday Feast: Anise Shortbread Cookies

Serve these crunchy cookies this holiday season.


| December/January 1994



11-22-2010-thanksgiving dinner


Makes 2 dozen cookies 

You scarcely need cookies after a feast like this, but then what are holidays without cookies? These not-too-sweet anise shortbreads are just right with an after-dinner demitasse. Dipping them in ice water and rolling them in sugar before baking gives them an attractive crystalline finish.

• 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar plus more for rolling
• 2 cups unbleached flour
• 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1/4 teaspoon pure anise oil, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon anise extract

1. Cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla and anise oil. Gradually stir in the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt.

2. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into balls.

3. Dip the balls in ice water and roll them in granulated sugar.





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