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Aunt Lena’s Anise Slices

Published April 21, 2008        by Nicole

Anise Slices
Photo Credit: Anise biscotti by Luigi Anzivino, on Flickr

Anise is an herbal oil that is great for many different reasons. In this case, it's being used for these unique desserts.


  • 6 eggs

  • 1 lb. flour

  • 6 drops anise oil

  • 1/2 lb. butter or shortening

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Beat 5 eggs with salt; add sugar; blend thoroughly.

Sift flour and baking powder; add to eggs and sugar mixture. Add anise oil (which may be purchased at the drugstore), softened butter or shortening; mix well. Knead until dough is smooth and manageable. Then roll dough into oblong loaf 5 inches broad and about 3/4 inch thick. Brush with 1 beaten egg; sprinkle with sugar; cut into 1 inch slices.

Place slices in greased baking pan; bake for 15 minutes in moderate oven, or until light brown.

Enough for 2 1/2 dozen slices. An unusual flavor!

If you'd rather stick to making cookies and other simple desserts, visit our collection of cookie recipes.