I’ve tried many aniseed cookie recipes, but my absolute favorite is by Reem Kassis ,from her beautiful book The Palestinian Table. These delicious cookies are perfect with Sahlab during the holiday season or all year round with tea and coffee. Commonly made in the Galilee region with fragrant anise and rich Palestinian Olive oil, I love to gift these special cookies during the festive season.  

INFORMATION

CategoryDifficultyBeginnerYields65 Servings
Prep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time2 hrs

INGREDIENTS

 4 ½ cups All-purpose Flour
 ¾ cup Caster Sugar (superfine)
 4 tbsp Aniseed (ground)
 1 tbsp Nigella Seeds
 ¾ cup Sesame Seeds ( unlulled and toasted)
 2 tsp Baking powder
 100 g Butter (softened)
 1 cup Olive Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Combine flour, sugar, sesame seeds, ani seeds, nigella seeds and baking powder in a large bowl.

3

Add softened butter and olive oil and mix well. Add a tbsp of water or more if needed to bring the dough together.

4

Pull of small portions of dough to make a date sized shape with your hands, flatten and create a pattern using a colander or fork.

5

Align dough on the cookie sheet until full.

6

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Ingredients

 4 ½ cups All-purpose Flour
 ¾ cup Caster Sugar (superfine)
 4 tbsp Aniseed (ground)
 1 tbsp Nigella Seeds
 ¾ cup Sesame Seeds ( unlulled and toasted)
 2 tsp Baking powder
 100 g Butter (softened)
 1 cup Olive Oil

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Combine flour, sugar, sesame seeds, ani seeds, nigella seeds and baking powder in a large bowl.

3

Add softened butter and olive oil and mix well. Add a tbsp of water or more if needed to bring the dough together.

4

Pull of small portions of dough to make a date sized shape with your hands, flatten and create a pattern using a colander or fork.

5

Align dough on the cookie sheet until full.

6

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Aniseed Cookies