Okay…baking on Christmas Day? Well...I just HAD to try out some new cookie sheets that were under the Christmas Tree didn’t I? And besides….fresh cookies with cocoa or tea while watching a Christmas special…well…it was too tempting.
This old cookie recipe is a simple one indeed but the anise gives it enough of a ‘nip’ that it isn’t too sweet. You can frost these or sprinkle coarse sugar on top. The boys were content tonight to have them ‘as is’ with a simple cup of tea.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 anise extract (or almond)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp aniseed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking pwd.
1 tsp baking soda

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and the extract. Combine the flour, aniseed, salt, baking pwd. and soda. Gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into 1q inch balls and place on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten with a cup dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 6 to 7 minutes or until set. The inside will be a bit softer than the outside.

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