(Anise Cookies)

1/2 cup Crisco or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon anise flavoring or ground anise
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon cloves

Cream shortening and sugar; then add eggs, coffee, honey and dry ingredients with flour to make a not too stiff dough. Chill, roll into balls the size of a walnut. Bake 9-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Do not overbake. Put powdered sugar in a bag, put cookies in and shake until covered.

This recipe is very old - it comes from Germany. These cookies stay soft.

Source: Midwest Messenger newspaper, July 7, 2003

This recipe dose not call for any pepepr. Pfeffernuesse Cookies have a lot of black pepper in them. My mother had a recipe( I do not know where it got to) for them that was given to her by her German Grandmother and my German Aunt. Both recipes called for about a heaping tablespoon of black pepper, the fresher the better.

They also would put a drop of Anisetti Liquer on the bottom and let it soak in a dry befor tossing with the powdered sugar

Please share your recipe. I’d like to see it.