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Fennel Tea Cookies

 Fennel Tea Cookies
These tender buttery tea cookies have a lovely fennel flavor and add a touch of elegance to any holiday cookie tray. Rolled in confectioners' sugar, they look like snowballs!
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, soak fennel seed in boiling water; set aside. In a
  • large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg. Drain fennel seed. Combine the flour, baking soda and
  • fennel seed; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Roll
  • warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 3
  • dozen.