National Cookie Day - Holiday Family Favorite

It's National Cookie Day and the first day of holiday baking! The holiday cookie selection isn't complete in our home without a family favorite, Anise Biscotti. A favorite of my late mother's, these were the first cookies we'd make for the holiday season... I think it was so she could eat them while we made all the other cookies. Needless to say, the tradition has lived on. While a simple cookie with regards to flavor, the prep and bake time is a bit longer than a traditional drop cookie, but oh so worth it. I hope you enjoy them!


Anise Cookies:


Ingredients: Makes 2 - 3 dozen

  • ½ cup Butter

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 3 Eggs

  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • 3 cup Flour

  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder

  • ½ teaspoon Salt

  • 1 tablespoon Anise Seed

  • 2 teaspoon Anise Extract

  • 2 tablespoon Grated Lemon Peel (opt)

  • 2 tablespoon Grated Orange Peel (opt)

  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Almonds


Tools:

  • Oven

  • Mixing Bowls

  • Electric Mixer

  • Cookie Sheet (s)

  • Cooling Rack

  • Storage Container

  • Dry Measuring Cups

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Parchment Paper

  • Grater/Zester


Instruction:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Cream butter and sugar together

  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well

  4. Add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder & salt)

  5. Mix in anise seed, anise extract & almonds

  6. If you choose to use orange & lemon peel add that here

  7. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet

  8. Form 2 small loaves on a lined cookie sheet

  9. The dough will be tacky to touch but you can form it into a loaf shape

  10. About 2 - 3 inches wide

  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes

  12. Remove from oven, let cool on cooking racks

  13. Slice loaf into ½ - ¾ inch pieces.

  14. They may look slightly raw inside and that's ok

  15. Lay slices on cookie sheet

  16. Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 15 minutes.

  17. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack

  18. Store in food-safe container

  19. Enjoy with coffee or dessert wine like the Italians