Nov 14

The one where I lose all self-control . . . again: Anise Mandelbrot Cookies (and a winner!)

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Thank you to everyone who entered my Chocolate Almond Toffee Giveaway! Your comments have really started getting me into a holiday mood. It was interesting to see the similarities in what many of you said. It sounds like fudge, Russian tea cookies, different types of pie, egg nog, peppermint bark, gingerbread, sugar cookies, toffee, and Panettone are huge favorites! Thanks to my trusty Random Integer Generator, we have a winner, Meg! Meg said,

My favorite holiday treats are chocolate chip pumpkin cookies in the fall and rich hot chocolate in the winter!! They are one of my favorite things about the holidays-thanks!

Meg, I have emailed you for your mailing info–congrats! Speaking of rich hot chocolate in the winter, hot chocolate is one of my all-time favorite things (big clue: it has chocolate in it) and next week is going to be ALL ABOUT hot chocolate, so be looking forward to that! But now on to today’s “problem.”

Remember how I mentioned that allowing a pregnant foodie access to the Internet is maybe a bad thing? Well I wasn’t kidding. Someone take my Internet privileges away, NOW! The other morning as I was catching up with some of my favorite blogs, one thing led to another and I found this recipe for anise mandelbrot cookies, a twice baked Eastern European cookie that is similar to biscotti. I LOVE good biscotti and I love anise. Anise makes me think of my grandmother and great-grandmother (both German immigrants) who always had cookies with anise in them around the holidays. “Well,” I though, “it’s a good thing that I’m going walking this morning with my walking group, otherwise I’d be going down to the kitchen right now to make these.” As fate would have it I received a telephone call about 10 minutes later announcing that walking was canceled for the morning because of some unexpected scheduling conflicts. I have no self-control people, none. Yes, I went straight to the kitchen and made a batch. The aroma was absolutely intoxicating. If you’re looking for something to bake that will fill your house with a yummy holiday scent, this is it. I eagerly waited for my cookies to cool off and then I tried them . . .

plain . . . check,
dipped in milk . . . check,
dipped in bittersweet chocolate . . . . check,
dipped in bittersweet chocolate and then in milk . . . check.
Hey, all for the sake of quality control I tell ya. If you ask me how many times I repeated this process to insure accurate quality control results, I’m pleading the 5th. Thoughts? Yum. Wonderful slightly licorice-like anise flavor, without being too overpowering, combined with rich nuttiness make these a winner. This recipe is being added to my permanent recipe box.

Anise Mandelbrot
Recipe from A Good Appetite Makes 48 cookies

1 c. sugar
3/4 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. anise seeds
1 c. finely chopped nuts ( I used 3/4 c. walnuts and 1/4 c. almond meal)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together on medium speed until well blended. Add in the flour, salt, and anise seeds and mix well. Stir in the nuts.

3. Divide the dough in half and on a cookie sheet form two 12″ x 3″ loaves three inches apart. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Remove from the oven and cut the loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Turn the slices on their sides and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Turn the cookies to the other side and bake another 10 minutes until evenly browned.

Coming Tomorrow: One Good Loaf–An Adventure With Cornmeal

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

adriandgreg November 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm

You are so funny! That recipe looks yummy. Those pictures made me crave it as well!


Meg November 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Love the pictures! It made me want them NOW! They look delicious!


kat November 15, 2008 at 9:20 am

I’m so glad you like them! They are certainly a family favorite at my house.


tamakikat November 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Sounds delish.

Now that we have butter back on the shelves in the supermarkets (after 6 months without) this and the corn bread one are totally doable:)


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