Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Anise Seed Day!

Blogger of the Day: Ann at vegAnn's Kitchen

Anise cookies are a family favorite, especially around the holidays. You'll find various versions depending on where you bake:
New Zealand Aniseed Wheels...cute wagon wheel shapes!
Italian Pizzelles...delicate wafer cookies made with a patterned iron
German Pfeffernüsse...full of pepper and spice and traditionally covered in powdered sugar
German Springerle...charmingly sweet biscuits with pressed designs
Austrian Anisbögen...potato chip-shaped cookies!
New Mexican Bizcochitos...crunchy cinnamon anise cookies, the state cookie of NM
plus Peruvian Picarones...crispy spicy pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts
and Netherland muisjes ...candied anise seed sprinkles!  :)

Ann is a whirlwind of talent...after completing the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute and an internship at crazyfamous Millennium Restaurant, she served as the pastry/salad chef at the award-winning Ravens' Restaurant. Currently she's creating fabulous meals at the beautifully serene Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. You can't get a better resume than that! She has generously shared many of her yumful recipes on her blog including these easy glazed anise cookies with sprinkelz! If you don't like anise you can leave it out or experiment with other extract flavors. If you love anise try her Apricot Anise Cookies too!  :)

A sampling of anise...
From Savory Spice Shop
Anise Seeds
Ground Anise Seeds
Pure Anise Extract
Pure Anise Essential Oil
From The Spice House
Spanish Anise Seed
Anise Extract
From LorAnn
Super Strength Anise Oil ~ 1 dram size
Super Strength Anise Oil ~ 1 ounce size

Have you tried anise cookies? Which are your favorite?  :)

Find more feasts in our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

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