Anise Cutout Cookies Recipe
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Anise Cutout Cookies Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 254 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a 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° for 12-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine sugar and cinnamon; roll cookies in the mixture while still warm. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Anise Cutout Cookies in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p35

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asnunez User ID: 2408742 257764
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"These are really yummy! They needed more anise flavor though. So, we added a full Tblsp. Anise seeds and added 1-1/2 teasp. Anise flavoring. Perfection! Hit the flavor out of the Ballpark!"

nancyimp User ID: 7043433 201965
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"We love these. Are. Just like my Mother in law's recipe"

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