This anise cookies recipe is very simple, with only 4 ingredients, and tastes unique. The anise spice imparts a licorice flavor, and sweetened with the sugar, no other spices are necessary in this recipe. These cookies are best eaten with a hot drink for dipping.
More about Anise: Anise is an annual herb with white flowers and greenish yellow seeds, growing in warm climates like Turkey, Iran, India, and Egypt. Essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds, containing only 1.5% – 5% essential oil. Anise seed from the plant Pimpinella anisum of the family Apiaceae is often confused with star anise from the plant Illicium verum of the family Illiciaceae. Both spices contain essential oil very high in the anethole constituent, giving it a strong licorice aroma.
The spice has been used to help with digestive issues, menstrual complaints, menopausal symptoms, and has shown antimicrobial, antioxidant, and insecticidal activity. It has also shown in studies as a possible aid in reducing blood sugar levels; but this is a cookie recipe!
By: Kathy Sadowski