Anise Cookies II Recipe
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground anise seed
- 1 tablespoon cold water
step 1: Beat egg whites with water until stiff.
step 2: In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar, salt, and vanilla until creamy. Fold egg whites into yolks using a wire whisk. Sift flour and anise into the bowl, and gently stir together with the whisk. Mix will look lumpy.
step 3: Put dough into decorating bag with round large tip, and press 1 inch rounds onto sheet. Let cookies sit out overnight at room temperature to dry.
step 4: The next day, cover cookies with a sheet of parchment paper, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Cookies are done when bottom is light brown, but tops are still almost white. Cool.
step 5: Store in container for 2 to 3 weeks in a cool place to mellow and to turn soft. You can add a slice of bread or a piece of apple to help soften the cookies.