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Catholic Recipe: Anise Cookies


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • anise seeds


Yield: 8 dozen

Prep Time: (24 hours), 30 minutes

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: Germany


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Also Called: Springerle


Beat eggs until light, fluffy. Add sugar, continuing to beat until thoroughly blended. Beat in butter, vanilla. Sift in flour, baking powder, salt; mix well. Turn out on well-floured board; knead 1 minute. Roll out 1/8 inch thick. Press out "springerle" designs* and cut cookies apart. Place on well-greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with anise seeds. Cover. Reserve in refrigerator 24 hours. Bake cookies 8 minutes at 325┬░. Yield, 8 dozen * Springerle are hard cookies shaped in wooden molds, usually square, with designs of birds, flowers, animals, stars, etc.

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965