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Glazed Anise Cookies

 Glazed Anise Cookies
Years ago, my German neighbor made similar cookies and hung them on her Christmas tree for the neighbor kids to eat. I finally came up with my own recipe and have been very pleased with the results.
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon aniseed
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • Paste food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time,
  • beating well after each addition. Beat in aniseed and extract.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the
  • creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to
  • handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with
  • floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased
  • baking sheets.Bake 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly

2 of 2

Glazed Anise Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and cream of
  • tartar; bring to a boil over low heat. Cook and stir until a candy
  • thermometer reads 226° (thread stage). Cool to 110° (do not
  • stir). Stir in the extract, food coloring if desired and enough
  • confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over
  • cookies. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 165 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.