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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Anise Butter Cutouts




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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This lovely cookie is a riff on the bizcochitos that are served during Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the Southwestern United States. I have several recipes for cookies of this type. Authentic versions are made with lard and the cutters used to shape them are more elaborate than the 2-1/2 inch molds that I use. Fortunately, this cookie is about flavor rather than appearance, and I know those of you who enjoy barely sweet treats will love these anise flavored gems. They are perfect with afternoon coffee or tea and they transport reasonably well. That makes them a great candidate for bake sales or morning meetings. The recipe is straight forward and easy to follow, but be sure to work on a well-floured board in order to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface on which it is rolled. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. It makes a nice cookie. Here is how to make the anise butter cutouts.


Anise Butter Cutouts...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Taste of Home Baking cookbook

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided use
1 egg
2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
2 teaspoons aniseed, crushed
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice concentrate and aniseed.
3) Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
4) On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
5) Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over cookies. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

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14 comments:

Joanne said...

I love anise in baked goods! how delicious!

David said...

Mary, My better half loves anise cookies... Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Ginny said...

They do look like they would be delicious with hot tea, plain yet fancy.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

How nice it would be to have a continuous supply of these cookies!

Hope you're doing well Mary

Duncan in Kuantan
Kuantan nature photos

Life's a shoe said...

looks like a great recipe!

Jeannie Tay said...

That looks simple and delicious with any fuss with decorations....just the way i like it:) Some error in sugar measurement?

manu said...

Never tried this kind of cookies...I should give it a go, sounds delicious with a cup of tea.
Have a nice day

Kat said...

These look so delicious. I love anise. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chris Scheuer said...

I've honestly never baked with anise but I be it's wonderful combined with orange.

Pam said...

Oh boy do those cookies look amazing!

Heni El G said...

oh wow Mary these are really one prefect bite! making these tommorrow! cheers!

Daniela Grimburg said...

These cookies look amazing Mary!
Plain yet delicious and elegant.
I love the anise orange combination of flavors.
Cheers

Kim G. said...

With a cup of tea or coffee these sounds perfect!

Amy said...

Lovely recipe. I love Anise and these Anise Butter Cutouts must taste wonderful. Thanks for sharing. And I really love your "thought of the day". :)

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