About this recipe:A wonderful biscuit recipe. These anise-infused Italian biscuits are buttery and totally moreish. Serve as a snack or with a cup of tea or coffee.
Makes: 5 dozen
225g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons anise extract
325g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
125ml milk or as needed
150g sesame seeds
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:17min › Extra time:32min › Ready in:1hr4min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and anise extract until well blended. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well incorporated. If you are using a stand mixer, let the dough mix for another minute to add lightness to the dough. The dough will be soft, but will hand roll easily.
Pinch off pieces of dough slightly smaller than a walnut and roll them into small logs. Dip in milk, then roll in sesame seeds. Place biscuits 2.5cm apart on a baking tray. Biscuits will not spread very much.
Bake for 17 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until bottom and sides of biscuits are lightly toasted. Remove from baking tray to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.