My mother in law has a polish name for these but my husband and brothers always just called them "Polish Christmas Cookies". They are very easy to make and have a nice anise flavor to them.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Cream the butter, shortening and the sugar together. Stir in the eggs and continue to beat. Add the anise flavoring. Stir in 7 cups of the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Mix until the dough is soft. Add the additional cup of flour if needed. Chill the dough.

  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters. Place cookies on greased cookie sheets.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes. Frost and decorate when cookies are cooled.

Nutrition Facts

122 calories; 5.9 g total fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 80 mg sodium. 15.6 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This recipe tastes just like the cookies my grandmother made. We called them pierniki. I've tried several other recipes and they just weren't right. These have the same texture and flavor I remember. My grandmother used lard. I used half crisco and butter. I am thrilled to have found this truly polish cookie. They are delicious and are my favorite Christmas cookie! Thanks Darlene! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2009
Nothing special here. Just plain sugar cookies really. And I'm not into all the decorating. I prefer "drop" cookies Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This recipe tastes just like the cookies my grandmother made. We called them pierniki. I've tried several other recipes and they just weren't right. These have the same texture and flavor I remember. My grandmother used lard. I used half crisco and butter. I am thrilled to have found this truly polish cookie. They are delicious and are my favorite Christmas cookie! Thanks Darlene! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
This recipe tastes just like the cookies my grandmother made. We called them pierniki. I've tried several other recipes and they just weren't right. These have the same texture and flavor I remember. My grandmother used lard. I used half crisco and butter. I am thrilled to have found this truly polish cookie. They are delicious and are my favorite Christmas cookie! Thanks Darlene! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2002
I am not much for rolling and cutting out dough so we shaped the dough into a nice thick log wrapped it in waxed paper and sliced the dough 1/4" thick sprinkled candy cake decorations on top as you would a sugar cookie and baked them for 8-9 minutes. My guys loved them as they weren't too sweet and still had a nice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2003
they are called amoniaczki:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
I haved searched for many years for the perfect cut-out cookie-and this is it! The dough was very easy to work with (I rolled it between two sheets of waxed paper) and the cookies were a wonderful texture. It reminded me of the Polish bakery cookies we would buy when I was a child. I added anise extract to the frosting too....my family loved them. this is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2006
These cookies are wonderful! Just like we had when we were kids. I made half of the recipe and it was plenty. We frosted them with cream cheese frosting and added sugar sprinkles. Glad to have refound this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2006
This recipe is very close to my grandmother's which I remember as a shortening-stained newspaper clipping. I substituted lard for the fats as my grandmother did and moistened the scraps with sour cream. Frosted and decorated these are the epitome of Christmas for my family. Double or even triple the recipe - they make wonderful gifts and everyone raves! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
I made these for Christmas and my family and I thought they were very good! I also used the anise in the frosting and put alittle colored sprinkles on top. Very Good even 3 days later. This recipe makes alot so be prepared. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2008
I made this recipe exactly as stated and didn't need to add anymore flour. Also 1/2 ounce extract equals 3 teaspoons. I refrigerated the dough for one half hour. I made this recipe into 36 large round cookies about 1/4 inch thick. This recipe is fantastic and tastes yummy when topped with sugar cookie icing. Brings back memories of the old Polish bakeries of Buffalo when I was a kid. Thanks so much Diane for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2004
These have a great flavor and hold their shape well for decorating. Also the dough is easy to roll and cut. My husband's family is polish and I wanted to make them a polish christmas cookie for the holidays. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2009
Nothing special here. Just plain sugar cookies really. And I'm not into all the decorating. I prefer "drop" cookies Read More
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