Rating: 3.95 stars
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5

This recipe has been in my family for generations. I remember the wonderful scent of the cookies baking drifting throughout the house. Now my sons and I carry on the tradition every Christmas. Hope you enjoy them.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
3 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 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). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the anise extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Mix until just blended. Over-mixing will result in tough cookies.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies at least one inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cookie will not turn a golden brown. If they do, they're over-done. Turn out onto rack to cool. Wait until cool if frosting.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 11.1g; fat 4.6g; cholesterol 8mg; sodium 74.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (22)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
Guess people didn't read what they were making!! These are CUT OUT cookies NOT Sugar cookies. My family has made these for year at least 5 generations. I love them along with everyone else. I can't eat frosting so I am one of the few who eat them plain. But we usually frost and decorate most of them and everyone else eats them and loves them. Our recipe I think has a 1/2c sugar in it too though so maybe for the one's who want a little more to it and 1/2c sugar too. But these are more like a tea biscuit not sugar cookie so do NOT expect sugar cookie. But my family makes these for every holiday (we have hundreds of cookie cutters) and for our birthdays every year my mom makes us these instead of cakes (of course no frosting on mine!!) YUM!! Great for dipping in coffee tea or milk or hot coco if you do not frost them. (P.S. frost the flat back side for easier decorating and use the frosting mix of just milk and powder sugar add food coloring). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/21/2003
We are very disappointed with this recipe, no taste very bland. Does not matter how you try to improve this recipe, still no taste. Read More
(39)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2003
We are very disappointed with this recipe, no taste very bland. Does not matter how you try to improve this recipe, still no taste. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
Guess people didn't read what they were making!! These are CUT OUT cookies NOT Sugar cookies. My family has made these for year at least 5 generations. I love them along with everyone else. I can't eat frosting so I am one of the few who eat them plain. But we usually frost and decorate most of them and everyone else eats them and loves them. Our recipe I think has a 1/2c sugar in it too though so maybe for the one's who want a little more to it and 1/2c sugar too. But these are more like a tea biscuit not sugar cookie so do NOT expect sugar cookie. But my family makes these for every holiday (we have hundreds of cookie cutters) and for our birthdays every year my mom makes us these instead of cakes (of course no frosting on mine!!) YUM!! Great for dipping in coffee tea or milk or hot coco if you do not frost them. (P.S. frost the flat back side for easier decorating and use the frosting mix of just milk and powder sugar add food coloring). Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2006
I had been looking for a recipe for anise cut-out cookies. I remember my grandmother making them at Christmas when I was little and they were so good. They were different from all the other cookies we had and grandma was the only one in the family to make them. I have her old cookie cutters but her recipe can't be found. I tried this recipe and found it to be very close to hers. The cookies were very good but I think I'll add a little more anise next time. I remember helping my grandmother put the colored sugar sprinkles on the cookies just before they went into the oven so many years ago. I'm 57 and grandma has been gone for 4 years now. Thanks for sharing your recipe and bringing back those wonderful memories of grandma's cut-out anise cookies Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
This is just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing. The kids just wanted to be able to decorate them not wait 3 hours for sugar cookie dough to chill. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
this is a great recipe! just what I was looking for. I just finished baking them very easy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2008
I found the recipe very easy to make. The dough rolled nicely and the cookies baked perfectly. I changed the anise to vanilla and it was a nice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2009
Excellent cookies...made them with my children and they had a blast. Only reason it's not 5 starts is because I had to use a lot more flour...but that could've been something I did wrong too:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2009
I tried this with my 3 yr old and it was great! everything worked out great! thanks Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/31/2008
I had no luck at all with this recipe. The dough was so stiff it would not detatch from the press even after letting it warm. We even had a hard time pressing it with a glass. Read More
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