Granny’s Anise Cookies

January 1, 2016

My granny was the absolute best cook, and probably the most influential baker in my life. She would always have some kind of cake, cookies, or savory scones coming out of the oven everytime I visited, even if it was an unexpected drop-in. Her house smelled of delicious spices and flavors and I looked forward to Sunday dinners and holidays so I could taste all the joy she put into the kitchen. She made everything from scratch using ingredients from her garden, including many German and Polish recipes that had been in our family for generations. These anise cookies have been made in my family for 4 generations and I must say that they are a family favorite and the taste will always remind me of her.


Anise Cookies

  • 2 cups lard
  • 10 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 bottle or .125 fl oz anise oil

Cream lard, sugar and anise. Stir in milk. Gradually add dry ingredients until blended. Divide dough in half and chill several hours. When ready to bake; on lightly floured surface, roll to 1/4 in thickness. Cut into your favorite shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet spaced 1 in. apart for 10 minutes at 350. Let cool and frost with anise buttercream.

Anise Buttercream

  • 4 sticks butter
  • 9 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon anise oil

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