German Anise Christmas Cookies
These crisp cutout cookies from Anna Marie Bleich of California, Mo., offer a subtle anise flavor.
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in flavorings. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and mix well, then add to creamed mixture.
Cover dough and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until easy to handle.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375℉ (190℃).
On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness.
Cut with medium-size cutters and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove and cool on wire rack.
Decorate cookies with icing and crystal sugar if desired.