The orange juice adds nice flavour to these aniseed biscuits. They are a cake-like biscuit that is a Christmas tradition in my family.
Yippee! This is the same as my Mother made. She passed away some time ago and I always wanted to make them. I did this year for our Family Christmas. Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. The first batch was dry and didn't rise so I used 4 Tablespoons of baking powder on the second batch and two teaspoons of anise extract. They turned out perfect. They passed the Italian Family taste test even though I am the worst cook in the family. Thanks - 27 Dec 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My Mother made thes cookies till she passed ! somehow we lost the recipe! I just found it!!! My Italian friends went crazy for them.I added 1 extra anise and only 2 table sp. of bakeing powder perfect!!! thanks Al - 16 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My family always has this type of cookie at every event -- we call them "Italian Wedding Cookies". People have tried this version and said these were the best they have ever had! I topped them with an icing mixture of powdered sugar, anise extract and milk, and then topped with sprinkles - 22 Jan 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)