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December 9, 2012 / beckymoore

Christmas Cookies with Anise … and @DecadentPub

anise cookiesWelcome to my stop on the Decadent Publishing Book on the Nook blog hop.

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I thought we’d nourish our mind a little before dessert. Aniseed is also known as anise. According to HowStuffWorks.com:

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you could increase desire by sucking on anise seeds. Aniseed does include estrogenic compounds (female hormones), which have been reported to induce similar effects to testosterone.

I witnessed the draw to anise firsthand with anise sugar cookies. The men in my life love them, and when presented a variety of homemade baked goods, they go for the anise cookies every time. And I always get a kiss or a hug. Hmm, go figure. Ladies, add this recipe to your holiday reportoire and I guarantee great results.

Ingredients
–  1 cup butter
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1-1/2 tsp anise extract
– 3 eggs (add them one at a time)
– 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
–  2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions … preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the anise, and then the dry ingredients.
2.  Turn the batter out onto a clean surface (I use a large cutting board, but if you typically roll out dough on your countertops, that’s a good place, too). There will likely be some pebbled, unincorporated bits of dry batter, but once you knead it all together before rolling, it all works in. Don’t worry. 🙂
3.  Roll cookies out to the thickness you prefer for cookies; I try to roll it between 1/8 to 1/4 inch and find this recipe bakes up nicely. If I’m using little cookie cutters, I roll it thicker.
4.  Place cut-out dough onto prepared cookie sheets (I use parchment paper), and bake for 6 – 8 minutes, until very, very lightly browned.
5.  I like to glaze them, but you could eat them plain out of the oven. To make the glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp anise extract, 3 Tbsp water; whisk it together until smooth (it’s thin), and either dip your cookies into it, or brush it on with a pastry brush.

We freeze about half of the batch since we can’t eat them quite fast enough, and I’ve found that they can live happily in the freezer for about three weeks.

Leave a comment below to let me know what your favorite holiday cookie is, and one lucky commenter will win a Fidget Bead Bracelet (if you live in the lower 48; $5 Amazon gift card if you’re far away). Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

ReaderAReader_poster_blue3AND … Good luck on the Book on the Nook blog hop … click here to check out the rest of the authors on the hop after you comment here.

PS. These are a great recharge for hikes in the great outdoors … if you’re looking for a little romantic adventure over the holidays, check out my 1 Night Stand, The Great Outdoors. It makes a great present!

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  1. Tracey D / Dec 9 2012 10:14 am

    The recipe sounds yummy. I will need to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    My favorite holiday cookies are ginger and m and m; made with the regular size candies, not the minis.

    • beckymoore / Dec 9 2012 10:32 am

      Tracey, those sound yummy. Double high-five for the regular size. I like how you roll!

  2. Tessa / Dec 9 2012 10:38 am

    i love all kinds of cookies. Ginger breads belong defintely to my Christmas.
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

    • beckymoore / Dec 9 2012 12:01 pm

      My husband’s a sucker for gingerbread, Tessa. Thanks for commenting!

  3. JanD / Dec 9 2012 5:38 pm

    I like gingersnap cookies.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • beckymoore / Dec 9 2012 6:00 pm

      Gingersnaps seem popular. I bought some for my husband a few weeks ago, which we packed for a hike. Did you know they have cayenne pepper as an ingredient? Thanks for commenting!

  4. Joder / Dec 9 2012 8:32 pm

    The recipe sounds super yummy and easy! As to my favorite cookie, I love the pure and simple sugar cookie in festive holiday shapes. They’re homey and comforting (and I can make them in my sleep).

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

    • beckymoore / Dec 9 2012 9:27 pm

      Yeah, sugar cookies are a great tradition, for sure. My son loves them, especially decorating them. Thanks!

  5. suzlyne / Dec 9 2012 9:23 pm

    There might be something to the Greek theory. Every year my mom made peppernut cookies for my dad at Christmas. There are several versions of the recipe but mom’s was an anise based spice blend. The house smelled wonderful.

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

    • beckymoore / Dec 9 2012 9:30 pm

      You’re right, Suz. i totally forgot to mention how totally wonderful the house smelled.

  6. June M. / Dec 9 2012 9:32 pm

    My favorite is frosted sugar cookies. I can just never resist those 🙂

    • beckymoore / Dec 10 2012 6:29 am

      They’re always a crowd pleaser. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Iris / Dec 12 2012 4:49 pm

    Cookies are my all-time favorite dessert to make at Christmas. Always looking for new and delicious recipes. Looks like anise cookies are next!

    • beckymoore / Dec 12 2012 9:12 pm

      I love cookies, too, Iris! If you make these, try to remember to let me know how they turned out!

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