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Anise Butter Cookies

 Anise Butter Cookies
Here in New Mexico, these cookies are known as “bizcochitos,” which means “small biscuit.” There are many variations of the recipe, which has been passed down through the generations. The cookies are enjoyed during the Christmas holidays and at wedding receptions and other special celebrations. They’re good by themselves or dunked in milk or coffee. —Mari Lynn Van Ginkle, Sandia Park, New Me
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 4 teaspoons aniseed, crushed
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
  • addition. Beat in orange juice concentrate and aniseed. Combine the
  • flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and
  • mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart
  • on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over cookies. Bake
  • at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire
  • racks. Yield: 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 253 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.