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I have been feeling very nostalgic for my mom’s cooking and baking lately.  It might be   because of my age that I long for those “good ole days”.

She would bake delicious cookies never having to use a recipe. One cookie that I loved was her Anise cookies which I have not eaten since I was a child.

I searched for a recipe that I thought my mom would use, something simple, but tasty.

Most of the recipes I found asked for rum or brandy…….no that would not do.  We never had fancy liquor in our house, nor would my parents be able to afford to purchase liquor just to use in a recipe.

Luckily, I found a simple recipe on http://www.cooks.com.

1 c. butter (softened)                                  1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c.sugar                                                      1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. anise seed

And to make it my own I added about 1/2 tsp. of orange zest.

With mixer beat butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in flour, anise seed, and orange zest. Refrigerate 60 minutes.  Roll flat and cut with cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cool and then  roll in cinnamon and powdered sugar after baking.

♥Love this recipe. The cookies were more of a shortbread type cookie and very good.

I truly don’t remember what my mom’s cookies tasted like, I just know that I loved them.

By the way my hubby , my oldest grandson, and my oldest daughter gave me a 5 star rating on the cookies. My son-in-law, Aaron gave me a 4.7 rating…. hmmm.

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