Anise Seed Recipes

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Anise Sweet Buns
1 package yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Anise Seed
1 cup milk, scaled and cooled
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4-5 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar

Place yeast, 1 teaspoon of the sugar in 1/2 cup lukewarm water for 15 minutes or until foamy.  Stir in the remaining sugar and next 5 ingredients.  Put 4 cups of flour in a bowl; stir in the milk mixture until combined well.  Knead dough on floured surface to make a soft, slightly sticky dough.  Form dough into a ball; place in a buttered bowl; turn to coat.  Let rise, covered with plastic wrap until double in bulk.  Punch down, knead for 15 seconds.  Divide into 24 pieces.  Form pieces into balls; arrange on 2 buttered baking sheets; let rise, uncovered, till double in bulk.  Brush with remaining butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 

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Cinnamon Anise Cookies
2 eggs
2 cups shortening
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons Anise Seed
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Spice Barn Ground Cinnamon

Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar.  Beat in eggs, orange juice, and anise seed.  Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.  Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.  Roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness, cut with 2" cookie cutter dipped in flour.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.