A light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar adds crunch to these licorice-flavored slice-and-bake cookies. The high starch content of cake flour provides absorbency, so the cookies are less likely to spread while baking.
Cooking Light DECEMBER 2007
Lightly spoon cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, crushed aniseed, and salt, stirring with a whisk; set aside.
Place 3/4 cup sugar and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add juice, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into 2 (6-inch-long) logs; wrap each log in plastic wrap. Freeze 1 hour or until very firm.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Unwrap dough logs. Cut each dough log into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices; place slices 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over dough slices. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
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