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.