Anise seeds add a hint of licorice to these pretty lace cookies made of ground almonds. Orange zest adds a citrus aroma.



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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in middle and lower thirds. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse almonds and anise seed until coarsely ground. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan. Add butter, sugar, honey, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring once to combine ingredients as butter melts. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in flour and zest. Working quickly, drop batter by teaspoonfuls, 2 1/2 inches apart, on sheets. Bake until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.


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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
Nice buttery flavor! Be sure not to burn, these cook quickly. I didn't put enough space between my cookies so it turned out as a giant blob, but it was so pliable that I made rolled cookies. Would be great as a side to ice cream or with coffee. A great recipe for instant gratification and leftover almonds (mine weren't blanched but they turned out fine).