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Anise Cookie Bars

This particular recipe for Anise Cookie Bars has been passed down from generation to generation in my husband’s family, and now I’m sharing it with you!

This cookie holds beloved memories for my husband and his band of merry siblings, even though they all (8 of them) recollect things a little differently.

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2010. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.

The story changes from sibling to sibling in my husband’s family.

He is number 6 out of 8 kids in his family and they each have a different recollection of how their grandmother used to serve these anise cookies, and with what beverage.

However, the one thing I do know for fact is that these are the cookies that his Grandma G. used to make every year for the holidays, and one that holds fond memories for each of her grandchildren (even if the story differs from one to the next).

A closeup horizontal photo of plate of sliced Anise Cookies


GRANDMA G’s ANISE COOKIES      {PRINT THIS RECIPE}


3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon anise seed

-Beat eggs until light.
-Add sugar and continue beating 10 minutes on high.
-Stir in the flour and anise seed.
-Spread into 2 greased 8×8 baking pans.
-Bake for 12-15 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven.
-Let cool 2 minutes and then turn out to cool completely.
-Cut into bars and serve.

When these anise cookies are served on Christmas day this year to my husband and his family,  I’m sure the stories will start to flow and the laughter won’t be far behind. Merry Christmas to all!!!

A closeup vertical photo of sliced Anise Cookies on a green plate with red berries in the background.

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