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Makes about 55 2 3/4-inch cookies

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, brandy, and anise seeds. Stir or beat in flour and baking powder until well blended.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Flatten each portion with your hands into a 1-inch-thick round. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap airtight and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Unwrap dough. On a lightly floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll dough, a portion at a time, to 1/8 inch thick.

Step 4

With floured cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes (if dough becomes too soft to handle, freeze briefly until firm again).

Step 5

With a wide spatula or your fingers, transfer cookies to buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Gather scraps, pat into a ball, and repeat rolling and cutting. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over cutouts on sheets.

Step 6

Bake cookies in a 300° oven until golden, about 15 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.

Step 7

With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release, let stand on sheets to firm up, about 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Step 8

Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

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