My mom would always make these cookies around this time of year. Anise is such a warm spice that it carries well in cookies and especially when enjoyed with some coffee or tea. These are super popular in the Middle East too. They go by the name Kirshalleh. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe from my mama!
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla flavor
3 cups flour
2-3 tbsp anise seeds
1 tbsp ground anise (optional) (more anise flavor)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
Then mix in the vegetable oil.
Then add the flour, baking powder, anise seeds, and salt. Mix well.
Coat a 9×13 baking pan with some baking spray. Then spread out the batter into the pan evenly.
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes till baked through and has a light golden color.
Then allow it to cool for 10 minutes before cutting them as you like preferably in the shape of biscotti.
Place either back in the oven for 5-7 minutes each side or use the broil option for a minute or 2 on each side till you get a nice color on the cookie.
Let it cool. Store in Air tight container. ENJOY!