Rating: 4.48 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

You must find some time to make these cookies because are simply delicious; one of my best friend's favorites. They are classic sugar cookies with the blended flavors of vanilla, anise and rum.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the anise seeds in a small bowl with the rum. Set aside to marinate overnight.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the anise seed and rum. Mix in the egg. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cloves; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

111 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 11.1g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 22.1mg; sodium 90.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2006
FOR ONE WHO DOES NOT LIKE TO SPEND THE TIME ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH AND CUTTING SHAPES I DECIDED TO DECREASE THE FLOUR TO 2 1/4 CUPS AND DROP BY TBSPS.I THEN FLATTENED THEM WITH THE THE BOTTOM OF A FLAT GLASS DIPPED IN SUGAR.THEY CAME OUT GREAT. TASTED FANTASTIC!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2007
These tasted great and melted in your mouth. But they were not pretty to look at and very crumbly in texture. The cookies fell apart very easyily so they were difficult to store or present on a cookie tray. I think that rolling them out thicker would be better. Or since the dough was so sticky maybe skip the whole rolling the dough out part and just make them into balls and flatten a bit with a fork or a glass. Read More
(10)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2006
FOR ONE WHO DOES NOT LIKE TO SPEND THE TIME ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH AND CUTTING SHAPES I DECIDED TO DECREASE THE FLOUR TO 2 1/4 CUPS AND DROP BY TBSPS.I THEN FLATTENED THEM WITH THE THE BOTTOM OF A FLAT GLASS DIPPED IN SUGAR.THEY CAME OUT GREAT. TASTED FANTASTIC!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2005
I made these cookies for a Mexican themed dinner at a local concert-in-the-park. They were wonderful. I did make the mistake of serving them alongside some empanadas which were very sweet. The sweetness made these seem bland. Today I tried it again and wow!!! They were wonderful. I also wonder if the flavor blended more the next day? I had a mom in my daughter's class (who is from Mexico) try one and she loved it. She said her mom would also sprinkle powdered sugar on these for looks. I really didn't find them to be any more labor intensive than making sugar cookies. When others find out that you soaked anise seeds in rum they label you as a great cook! I think I'll take that title and run with it! I will def. keep this recipe. Thank you Ruben! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2010
These are very mellow cookies...they have just enough spice to taste it but you might like a little more punch! Very good though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2005
These are great delicate little tea cookies. Yum! I made them exactly as stated in the recipe except that it seemed to work a lot better to remove them from the baking sheet right away. (I let the first batch cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and some of them cracked when I removed them.) Five stars for this unique recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2005
This was such fun to make. The dough came together easily rolled out easily and produced a tender cookie. It made 5 dozen 2 1/2-inch great-tasting cookies. I used Bacardi light. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2006
OH RUBEN!!! I wish I could give these more stars. These are a MUST TRY for every baker that loves the taste of anise. Followed the recipe except ran out of all purpose flour so had to use 1/4 whole wheat flour to make the 2.5 cups and had to flour my board w/the wheat flour and they still came out beautiful! Didn't have ground clove so had about 1/2 tsp. allspice left in my container so used that. Soaked the seeds last night and by this morning they had absorbed all the rum. The anise is not overpowering but yet it is there. Made these into hearts for Valentine's day and going to ice them "Sugar Cookie Icing" (submitted by Janice Brubaker here on Allrecipes) and add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the glaze so as not to 'steal' anything from the taste of this wonderful creation. I am the world's worst cookie 'roller' and these rolled out beautifully and cut well. Very sturdy cookie. These are just the best! Reminds me of a good pizelle. Could leave out the bit of clove and still have the best cookie. This is probably the best cookie recipe I have ever tried on here and I have tried many good ones. thank you so much for a recipe that I shall use for years to come. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2007
These tasted great and melted in your mouth. But they were not pretty to look at and very crumbly in texture. The cookies fell apart very easyily so they were difficult to store or present on a cookie tray. I think that rolling them out thicker would be better. Or since the dough was so sticky maybe skip the whole rolling the dough out part and just make them into balls and flatten a bit with a fork or a glass. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2006
These are great. If you like butter cookies you'll love these. Very light and delicate and not too sweet. I made them for a Cinco De Mayo luncheon we had at work today (I know it's only May 4th. LOL). I made them exactly like the recipe except I made the dough last night and baked them off this morning. I used real butter so the dough was quite stiff after being in the fridge all night. I bet these would be great rolled into a log and sliced off. They were easy to roll out and baked off beautifully. I sprinkled a little sugar on top for sparkle as another reviewer suggested. I found out that "Borrachio" or "Borracho" means "drunk" or "drunken". I thought that was really cute given the rum in the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2008
I made one batch and ate them all. I had to make another to share with friends. They are like a shortbread cookie and so yummy. I added a little anise oil to mine because I love the flavor. I know I will be making these again and again and again. Read More
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