Anisette Cookies

    Anisette Cookies

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    35min


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    About this recipe: My family calls these "Italian Cookies". They can be made with Anisette or with Anise flavoring. The orange juice adds nice flavor. They are a cake-like cookie that is a Christmas tradition in my family. (They get huge due to all the baking powder, so do not roll too large).

    Ingredients
    Serves: 72 

    • 7 eggs
    • 2 cups (450g) caster sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1 teaspoon anise extract
    • 5 teaspoons baking powder
    • 7 cups (875g) sifted plain flour

    Directions
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
    2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Blend in vegetable oil, orange juice, vanilla, lemon and anise flavoring.
    3. Sift the flour with the sugar and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The dough will probably be sticky. Add additional flour until dough no longer sticks to your hands and can rolled.
    4. Pull off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut. Roll it into a rope and shape it into a knot. Place finished knots 5cm (2 inches) apart on an ungreased cookie tray.
    5. Bake at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 15 minutes. Bottoms should slightly brown. Cool cookies on a wire rack. If desired ice with icing sugar icing.
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    Yippee! This is the same as my Mother made. She passed away some time ago and I always wanted to make them. I did this year for our Family Christmas. Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. The first batch was dry and didn't rise so I used 4 Tablespoons of baking powder on the second batch and two teaspoons of anise extract. They turned out perfect. They passed the Italian Family taste test even though I am the worst cook in the family. Thanks  -  27 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    My Mother made thes cookies till she passed ! somehow we lost the recipe! I just found it!!! My Italian friends went crazy for them.I added 1 extra anise and only 2 table sp. of bakeing powder perfect!!! thanks Al  -  16 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    My family always has this type of cookie at every event -- we call them "Italian Wedding Cookies". People have tried this version and said these were the best they have ever had! I topped them with an icing mixture of powdered sugar, anise extract and milk, and then topped with sprinkles  -  22 Jan 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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