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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: SwitzerlandDifficulty: Medium

Traditional anise cookies from Switzerland, they are meant to look like antlers. These are a dry cookie meant to be dunked in a hot drink.


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons crushed aniseed (add an extra tablespoon more for a more pronounced anise flavor)

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon Kirsch

  • 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift first, then measure)


  • 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. If the dough is not stiff enough, you can add an extra 1/4 cup. 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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I normally do not like anise but I love these cookies! My husband is from Switzerland and asked me to make these and I was a little hesitant. They are firm or "dry" on the outside but remain moist on the inside. The anise flavor is very subtle. Very deliciuos.
- Dara Gribi

there is a very fine line between when these cookies are underbaked, and when they turn into inedible rocks. I will be feeding these to the squirrels. Better luck next Christmas!
- frances

Great cookies. Tip: Kirsch is an alcohol made from cherries. Very strong. Mostly made by farmers. Good luck and enjoy.
- A Baker
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