I used to make these in our deli for our special customers. Since they are so delicious, they need to be passed on. Not fair if we keep the goodies to ourselves, you can substitute any other flavor for the anise, they make a great cookie that is not too sweet!
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon anise
2 ½ cups flour
tablespoon of baking powder
Cream butter sugar and eggs one at a time stir in vanilla and anise, add baking powder and flour a bit at a time until dough forms a ball, split refrigerate. Either roll out with extra flour and use cookie cutters, or make twists and bake.
bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until edges are golden. The thicker you make them, the fluffier they will be!
Powdered Sugar Icing
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon anise (or other flavor).
Combine powdered sugar, water, 1 tablespoon butter, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and anise in small mixer bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Tint with favorite food color. Ice cookies with basting brush.
This is my recipe submission for Mr Lady’s Holiday Recipe Contest