More comments and compliments have come in regarding my column on Bobby Anne's Bakery, including a request from Pete Chapman for Bobby Anne's Napoleons. Anybody got Bobby Anne's recipe or something similar?
I posted my recipe for the anise cookies earlier this week, but reader Pat Pitalo sent me another recipe she says is a close replica to Lawrence and Totti Jacobi's version of the cookie.
Y'all can be the judge. Many thanks to Pat for offering the recipe and Lawrence and Totti, bless their souls, for introducing many of us to the tasty treat to begin with.
She says the recipe came from her former sister-in-law's mother, but is exactly like Bobby Anne's. The anise oil can be found in some drug stores, she says, and may be available at Hobby Lobby.
Pat Pitalo's Anise Cookies
4 large eggs
3 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 tsp. anise oil (or 1 tsp. anise extract)
1 container nonpareil decor.
Have five cookie sheets greased and ready to go.
Beat eggs and sugar at high speed for 20 minutes. Gradually add flour and anise oil. Drop by slight teaspoon on to well-greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle tops with nonpareil decor.
Set out for four hours on the counter, then bake on the top two shelves of the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Allow to cool 10 minutes on the pans.
As they bake, you will see the cookie form under the white part that looks like icing. There is no icing to top them with.