1-1/4 cups sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons crushed aniseed
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon Kirsch
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat well after each addition. It is essential to beat for a long time (about 15 min. with an electric beater at medium speed). Stir in the aniseed, the lemon rind and the Kirsch. Add the flour to make a stiff dough and knead well. Cut the dough into four pieces. Roll out each piece into 1-inch strips. Cut the strips into 3-inch lengths.
Nick each strip 3 times to the depth of 1/2 inch.
Bend the strips slightly into a U-shape, keeping the nicked side on the outside. Place on buttered and floured cookie sheets. Let them stand overnight at room temperature to dry out. Preheat oven to 300 F. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a very pale yellow.
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