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Italian Anise Cookies

Yield 4 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)
These cookies are similar to biscotti, just cut thinner. Present a half-dozen in a large coffee mug to give with a pound of coffee. Or divide them among small paper gift bags to give with tins of tea or a pretty teacup and saucer.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (about 13 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 66
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 2 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 1.6 g
  • carbohydrate 10.5 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 33 mg
  • calcium 18 mg

How to Make It

  1. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and baking powder, stirring well with a whisk. Place sugar, eggs, and egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in butter. Gradually add flour mixture, almonds, and aniseed, beating until well blended (dough will be sticky).

  2. Divide dough in half. Turn each half of dough out onto wax paper; shape each portion into an 8-inch roll. Wrap rolls in wax paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. Unwrap rolls, and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll crosswise into 24 (3/8-inch) slices. Place slices on baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Turn slices over, and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack.