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Orange-Anise Butter Twists – Crumb: A Meals Weblog


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Mar 22, 2024
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Typically the only issues are the perfect issues.

It is a mantra price repeating right now of 12 months, when it is tempting to pile on only one extra current, yet another ornament, yet another aspect dish, yet another snack, and properly… yet another of just about every little thing.

Orange-Anise Cookies with Coffee

If there’s one lesson I am taking away from 2020, it is going to be to search out consolation in stripping issues all the way down to the fundamentals, if solely as a result of it makes the occasional foray into fanciness all of the extra pleasurable.

Consistent with that spirit, my Day 11 recipe is a comparatively easy cookie that is excellent for dunking in a cup of scorching espresso on a quiet afternoon, as you unwind from all the vacation insanity.

12 Days of Xmas Cookies Banner

This 12 months, I need to enable you get into the vacation spirit with a bit one thing I am calling the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

From December 14 to 25, I am posting a brand new vacation cookie recipe every day. Did you miss one? You possibly can make amends for my Christmas Cookies web page.

Simply Like Vovo (or Nonna or Yiayia) Used to Make​

This recipe is my tackle a cookie that is ubiquitous in Southern Europe.

They’re generally known as biscoitos in Portugal, biscochos in Sephardic Spain, koularakia in Greece, and ciambelle in Italy. There are a variations as you progress from one area to the subsequent, after all, however the core stays the identical – a buttery cakey cookie that is subtly flavoured with citrus and spices.

This model is closest to the Portuguese biscoitos that I grew up with, although I took the freedom of including each orange and anise, which is extra generally discovered within the Italian variations.

What I like finest about these is how un-fancy they’re, like all honest-to-goodness grandmother cookies needs to be. And whereas they could not appear to be a lot, they completely ship within the flavour division.

These cookies are finest loved with scorching tea or espresso for dunking… although a small glass of port is not a nasty thought both when you’re feeling like a extra grownup deal with.

Plate of Orange Anise Cookies

Tips on how to Form Butter Twist Cookies​

Whereas I made my cookies into little twists, you’ll be able to really form them virtually any manner you want, as long as you first begin with a brief rope.

  • Rings: That is the only possibility – merely roll your dough right into a 6″ rope, then loop the ends round one another and press to seal.
  • Braided Rings: Cut up the dough ball in half, and roll each right into a 6″ rope. Twist the 2 ropes collectively, then kind into a hoop, urgent the ends collectively to seal.
  • Half Twists: Roll the dough right into a 7″ rope. Fold in half and make a single twist, leaving the loop on prime open.
  • Full Twists: Roll the dough right into a 7″ rope. Fold in half and make two twists, in order that your complete cookie is twisted from prime to backside.
  • Determine 8: Roll the dough right into a 7″ rope. Twist right into a determine 8, and press the ends to seal.
  • Letters: Roll the dough right into a 7″ rope, and form into no matter letters you desire to. S cookies are clearly a basic, however go nuts!

Overhead Shot of Orange Anise Cookies

Extra Easy Cookies for the Holidays… or Any Day​

I do know there’s a bit irony in preaching simplicity after ten straight days of posting fancy cookies, however quickly sufficient the vacations might be over, and we’ll all be in want of a break from all of the muss and fuss of the season. In any case, we have no less than three months of winter ready for us on the opposite aspect, and it is going to take loads of cookies to assist us survive till spring!

Orange Anise Cookies in a Tin



Orange-Anise Cookies

Orange-Anise Butter Twists

  • Creator: Isabelle Boucher

  • Complete Time: 90 minutes

  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


These old-school Southern European cookies might not appear to be a lot, however their delicate mix of orange zest and anise seed completely delivers within the flavour division. Serve them with a mug of scorching espresso or tea for dunking.

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp anise seed, crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl. whisk collectively the sugar, butter, eggs, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla till blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir collectively the flour, baking powder, anise seed and salt. Add to the moist elements, and stir till the combination comes collectively in a smooth, clean dough. Cowl and chill for no less than 1 hour.
  3. When able to bake, preheat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Divide the dough into 24 equal items. Roll each right into a 7″ rope, then fold in half and twist. Organize on the ready baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1″ aside.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or till tops are dry and edges are calmly golden. Let cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then switch to a wire rack to chill off fully.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Prepare dinner Time: 14 minutes
  • Class: Cookies
  • Methodology: Baked
  • Delicacies: Portuguese
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