Anise Brownies

Today I made Anise Brownies!

8oz bittersweet chocolate, 1/2C butter, 2 eggs, 1C sugar, 1/2C flour, 1/2t salt, 1T anise extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Anise Brownies

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool ten minutes.

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In bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale.

Anise Brownies

Anise Brownies

Stir in cooled chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Anise Brownies

Anise Brownies

Stir in flour and salt.

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Add extract.

Anise Brownies

Turn into greased 9″ X 13″ pan, or if desiring taller brownies, a greased 8″ X 8″ pan.

Anise Brownies

Anise Brownies

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out nearly clean. Do not overbake. Disclaimer: Cool 20 minutes to allow to set, and avoid tongue-burning.

Anise Brownies

Anise Seed Cookies

Today we made Anise Seed Cookies!

This recipe is from the book, “Maida Heatter’s Best Dessert Book Ever” published in 1990.

8oz butter, 2C plus 2T sugar, 1/4t salt, 2C flour, 1t baking soda, 2 eggs, 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t anise seeds, 1/2C bourbon
Topping: 3T sugar, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/2t ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375F. Line three cookie sheets with foil. Beat butter. Add sugar. Crush 1/2t anise seeds until coarse. Add seeds to butter mixture. Sift dry ingredients. Add alternately with bourbon, beginning and ending with dry. Beat well. Drop by tsps onto prepared cookie sheets 1 1/2″ apart. Flatten cookies with fork dipped in flour. Mix topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping on cookies. Bake 18 minutes or until outer rims are browned.