Buttery anise biscuits

Buttery anise biscuits


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About this recipe: These Polish biscuits are spiked with anise extract. They are sweet, buttery and delicious. To decorate, drizzle with icing, if you wish. They are traditionally eaten around Christmas.


Makes: 5 dozen, depending on size

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 200g margarine
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 950g plain flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:57min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Cream the butter, margarine and the sugar together. Stir in the eggs and continue to beat. Add the anise flavouring. Stir in 875g of the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Mix until the dough is soft. Add the additional flour if needed. Chill the dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and cut with pastry cutters. Place biscuits on greased baking tray.
  4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 12 to 15 minutes. Decorate as you wish once cooled.


Anise extract can be purchased online.

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