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Sour Cream Anise Cookies

I first made these drop cookies when I had my arm in a cast and was anxious to return to the kitchen. That should tell you just how easy these are to prepare! You'll love the subtle licorice flavor from the anise.—Mina Dyck, Boissevain, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon aniseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the honey, sour cream and eggs; beat well. Combine the flour, baking soda, aniseed and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 123 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • cookbook48
    Dec 14, 2019

    could not taste anise batter was really soft it would ha made better mini cupcakes the brown sugar and honey makes a very brown cookie too

  • delowenstein
    Jan 7, 2017

    I recall making these cookies when I'd seen them featured in Taste of Home. I baked 10 minutes. I found this recipe to be very good! delowenstein

  • siouxsieq12
    Dec 18, 2013

    The cookies have a nice, fluffy texture -- almost like little cakes. The anise flavor is very, very subtle. Next time I make them I will add more anise seed because I prefer a stronger flavor.

  • bluezebras
    Nov 1, 2012

    I used butter for shortening. They were yummy with not too strong of an anise flavor.