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Cinnamon Sugar Anise Cookies MARIO BATALI

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Mario’s Cinnamon Sugar Anise Cookies will be a hit at your next holiday party!

1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar (divided)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons anise-flavored liqueur
1 tablespoon ground anise seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Add the eggs, liqueur, anise seed, baking powder, and salt. When incorporated, gradually add the flour, a cup at a time.
In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
Using 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop the cookie dough and roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar. Place on the baking sheet and lightly press the cookies to flatten them slightly. (Alternately, the dough can be rolled out on a floured work surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters, with the cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges begin to tan. Cool on racks and store in an airtight container.
Tip: Grease your cookie scoop with vegetable oil or cooking spray for easy scooping of your dough.

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