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Anise Cutout Cookies

Rated as 3.8 out of 5 Stars

"Mother prepared these soft cookies for holidays and special-occasion meals. My seven siblings and I gobbled them up as fast as she made them. I still can't resist the cinnamon-sugar coating. --Jerri Moror, Rio Rancho, New Mexico"
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35 m servings
Original recipe yields 30 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy; add eggs and aniseed. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture. Add apple juice and mix well.
  2. On a floured surface, knead until well blended, about 4-5 minutes. Roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness; cut into 2-in. shapes. Place on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine sugar and cinnamon; roll cookies in the mixture while still warm. Cool on wire racks.


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These were okay. I feel like they were simple sugar cookies with anise seeds thrown time I will add anise extract.

Dough was very dry and difficult to work with, and cookies were subsequently dry and dense. Didn't use the cinnamon sugar coating, which left the cookies lacking in sweetness and flavor. Used ...

It was difficult to knead and roll the dough. I made little snowball instead. I also cut the anise seed portion in half. Everyone at work love the taste.

These were a hit for us. Used 1 tsp extract rather than seeds otherwise followed recipe. Dough worked up lovely for me but maybe I rolled them thinner than picture shows. Tip...take cookies of...

I really like these cookies. They are a dry cookie, but not all cookies are meant to be moist or chewy. You can tell by the instructions that these are meant to be dry (by needing to knead the ...