TRADITIONAL BAVARIAN ANISE COOKIES
This is the version Pris Kieber made. It requires anise seed. Pris learned how to make these on a visit to Bob’s family when they were still dating. Anna Ruhland Kieber was making the recipe she had learned from her mother, Ana Ruhland Ruhland.
Priscilla made them every year at Christmastime until she was 75 years old! To this day, her children and grandchildren keep the tradition.[caption id="attachment_330" align="alignright" width="269"] Unfrosted Bavarian Anise Cookies
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Pris used to bake the cookies around Thanksgiving time and store them frosted in a huge speckled canning pot, each layer lined with a sheet of wax paper in the “cold room” when the family lived in Locust.
The story is that this recipe came from Ana Ruhland (Bob’s gramma) who emigrated from Bavaria and this recipe came from the family in Waldmunchen.
The Kieber cousins love to rib each other over who makes the BEST anise cookies. And of course, there is the ongoing debate over whether the cookies made with anise oil were indeed better than the ones made with anise seed.What are your traditions? If you’d like to post photos of your family making anise cookies, we’d love them!
5 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cup milk
2 ½ cup butter
Approx. 3 oz. anise seed
11 tsp baking powder
Approx. 5 pounds flour~ I use as much whole wheat flour as I can get away with![caption id="attachment_333" align="alignleft" width="1632"] Emily K. and Helen S. at Joe’s house learning how to make Anise cookies from Rabi.
Chapel Hill NC 2012
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Mix all ingredients. Adding the flour slowly creating stiff dough.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Thickness is an individual taste here. I like them a good half inch thick.
Bake at 325 degrees.
Frost with a mix of ¾ stick of butter and 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar and a tad of milk.
Here’s the ingredient list for a half recipe:
2.5 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1.25 c. butter
1.5 oz. anise
4.5 tsp. baking powder
2 1/5 lbs. flour
You say you are not even up to baking a half batch? OK, Rebecca also figured a quarter recipe:
1.25 c. sugar
1/3 c. milk
5/8 c. butter
3/4 oz. anise
2.25 tsp. baking powder
about 1.25 lbs. flour – we used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour and 1/2 all purpose unbleached with good results.
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