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Christmas Cookies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Grandma Targonski
Added: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening (or butter)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon anise oil
4 teaspoons milk

Directions:
Directions:
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. Cream shortening/butter and sugar; add eggs and anise oil, and mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. (Use additional flour or milk if dough is too wet or too dry -- only practice will tell you this.) Roll dough 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on floured board. Shape with cookie cutters.

Bake on ungreased baking sheets at 400 degrees for approximately 6 to 9 minutes. Time will vary, depending on thickness of cookies, and it is best to watch them because they can burn quickly.

When cookies have cooled, decorate them with frosting and/or colored sugar, as desired. (They're very good plain, too.)

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Anise oil is much stronger than anise extract, so don't substitute. Anise oil can be purchased at a pharmacy, but they might have to order it for you.

These cookies can be made at any time of year. However, anise-flavored cookies are an Italian Christmas custom, and Grandma -- and her mother -- made them only at Christmastime.

 

 

 

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