This is an Italian cookie. Shaped in balls and rolled in sesame seeds. Flavoured with anise.
This recipe is excellent. It combined my love for anise and sesame together. I added one teaspoon and a half of anise extract and also made round flat cookies instead of balls. I have shared this recipe with countless friends and relatives. Thanks you Candy for sharing this recipe with us. I would like to add that I have given this recipe to at least 20 people. This recipe is to die for and the name of it should be changed to Sesame Anise Cookies so more people can find it and enjoy it! - 20 Sep 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
These cookies are great! Very crispy and flavorful! I used shortening instead of lard and they were still terrific - 20 Nov 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
When I first read the ingredients I was not too impressed. So I made the first batch to "test" the flavor and WOW was I surprized at how delicious these little cookies were! This is a winner in my book and my short-lived scepticism has now gone south for the winter! I found that I had a lot of sesame seeds left over so I made another batch...after all, I had a big ole fat box of LARD taking up space in my kitchen. I browned the sesame seeds slowly in a large skillet using a small amount of butter and stiring with a wooden spoon. These will now join the rank and file of traditional Christmas cookies I make every year. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Candy! - 12 Dec 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)