Anise Cookies

March 8th, 2006


Just realized that I have not posted one single cookie recipe on this blog so far. Amazing, if you ask me. Especially since we go through a lot of them and most are homemade.
This one made it to the family cookie list (which has consisted not more than 10 – 15 recipes) after my late aunt brought back the recipe from her visit to the Kos island. Not using an egg or butter, and keeping for a long time made it a keeper, needless to say.

According to my husband, I should double the sugar amount next time I bake them. If you ask me, they have the right sweetness. Right after these comments, I saw him eating 4 of these ones in the upper pic, so called the “famous ones.” Go figure!

After I posted this recipe in the Turkish side of this blog, a reader tried out using coriander seeds instead of anise and she reported them to be a good fit. If you do not have anise, or do not like its smell/taste, maybe that would be another option.
Here is the anise cookies recipe, from our kitchen:

(makes about 20)

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 Tbs baking powder

  • 1.5 – 2 Tbs anise seeds

  • about 2.5 cups flour

Mix all ingredients but flour. Add flour to make a soft but not sticky dough. Roll the dough, and cut with cookie cutters. Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven until tops brown.

Bon Apetit!


5 Responses to “Anise Cookies”

  1. Alanna Says:

    I bet that this is flexible flavor-wise, almost a platform for a favorite herb, I’m thinking lavender myself?

  2. fethiye Says:

    That is a good observation Alanna. Let me know how it turns out please :)

  3. Siobhan Says:

    Hey, I just found your blog, it’s wonderful! I made these cookies tonight for a quick family dessert! They came out great! I used coriander seeds & some coriander powder since I didn’t have any anise in the house. My hubby thinks I should try curry powder in them next time.

  4. fethiye Says:

    Siobhan I definitely will try this with coriander seeds in my next batch—you are the second people saying it turned out good. Not sure about the curry powder though :)

  5. Deb Schiff Says:

    Hi! This is the first time I’ve visited and I love your blog already! Can’t wait to try baking these lovely cookies. I have some anise seeds leftover from a biscotti recipe that would be perfect.

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