TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 176 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange juice and aniseed. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  4. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Cinnamon Anise Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2001, p63

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