CULINARY ARTS: 3 Christmas cookies you can easily bake

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.

Use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar well in a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs until well blended. Stir in anise seed, lemon rind, lemon juice and anise extract (if you’re using it).

Using low speed, gradually mix in 2 cups of the dry ingredients. Use a heavy spoon to mix in the remaining dry ingredients.

Either knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth and well-blended, or refrigerate overnight.

Flour your hands and work surface. The dough is sticky.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts and roll each part into a strip a half-inch thick and 18 inches long. Cut each strip into five equal parts.

Cut slits along one side of each strip a half-inch apart and form the pieces into a circle, slit-side out. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

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