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Anise Cutout Cookies

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
    about 5 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 254 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • asnunez
    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
    Nov 29, 2013

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

  • katlaydee3
    Jul 21, 2009

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