Well, I’ve finished another batch of cookies. Anise tea cookies are very good with coffee or tea because they have an almost scone-like texture (good for dunking) and they are not horribly sweet, even with the icing. The anise adds an interesting taste which reminds me of my very favorite cookies – biscochitos (a traditional New Mexican Christmas cookie).
Anise Tea Cookies Recipe:
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon anise flavoring/extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and sugar. Make a well in the center and add the oil, milk, anise flavoring, and eggs. Mix together until dough clings and takes the shape of a ball. (I use my hands to knead everything after all the wet ingredients are mixed in well.)
- Pinch off dough (approximately one heaping teaspoon) and roll it into a ball. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet one inch apart. Flatten slightly.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven.
- Let cool for about five minutes and then spoon on icing.
I like a lot of icing so I made this up 3 times.
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon anise flavoring/extract
Mix all together. If the icing is too thin add more sugar. If the icing is too thick add a bit more water. Use a teaspoon and let icing drop from spoon on to cookies.
This recipe is based on the recipe for Italian Anisette Cookies.