Today and for the next few posts I will be sharing some of my traditional Christmas cookie recipes.
The first recipe I will be sharing is for Anise Drop Cookies. They make a top crust so that the cookie looks frosted.
Anise Drop Cookies
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons anise seeds or 1 teaspoon anise extract
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the sugar gradually and continue to beat for 15 to 20 minutes.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Beat for an additional 3 minutes. Add the anise seeds and blend well.
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons onto well greased cookie sheets.
Gently swirl the drops to form round cookies.
Allow to stand, uncovered, for 8 hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325º degrees. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes
Do not allow them to brown. While baking the cookies will divide into 2 layers.
Remove to cookie racks to cool immediately after taking out of oven.
|Beating eggs and sugar together|
|Anise seeds..rub in your hand to get full flavor|
|Flour mixed with baking powder, salt, anise seeds|
|Put on cookie sheets let rest 8 hours or overnight|
|Just baked (note the 2 layers)|
|These cookies are best made in cool weather….they do not turn out well if humidity is high.|