Thursday, December 29, 2011

Anise Speculaas (Christmas Cookies) - Margaret Ullrich

A cookie recipe that uses anise.
One of your elderly relatives loves licorice.
One of your rich elderly relatives.

And he's coming over for New Year's Eve.
Time for somebody to rewrite his will.

Or that glass or knife.

The timing is for a cookie about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Adjust if your cutters make the cookies bigger or smaller.

                        Anise Speculaas

Makes about 4 dozen cookies
Grease 3 large baking sheets

In a large bowl sift together
4 Cups flour
1 Cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground anise

In a larger mixer bowl beat until fluffy
1 Cup butter
2/3 Cup milk 
Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients.
Mix until it's just too thick.
Add the remaining sifted dry ingredients.
Add more milk if needed.
Knead thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 350ยบ
On a floured surface, roll the dough 1/2 inch thick.  Cut.
Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.
Bake 25 minutes.
Let cool 1 minute.
Remove, place on racks and cool completely.

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