Every mom has her go-to recipe for sugar cookies. After all, sugar cookies are an essential element of a successful homeschool family!
Being rather quirky at times, our family enjoys this spicy version. The dough is crispy and flaky like pie crust, the anise adds a perfect, subtle spice to the flavor, and the cinnamon-sugar topping brings out the flavor. Rather reminiscent of the hot, buttery cinnamon-sugar version of pie crust that was left over after the dough was used for the pie!
1 cup butter, no substitutes
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. anise flavoring
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat butter in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar, baking powder, anise flavoring, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
Roll each half of dough 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters to desired shape. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Combine 2 Tbs. sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle on cookies.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
For holidays, we sprinkle with red and green holly decorator mix.