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Anise cookies

I wrote a column last week about Bobby Anne's Bakery in Bay St. Louis and how much my fiance', Tom, loved their anise cookies. While the column was more about learning the likes and dislikes of my husband-to-be and learning more about his personal history, readers were clamoring for the recipe.

This is the one I found on that I made for Tom. Another reader has promised the original recipe from Bobby Anne's, which I hope to share with y'all soon.

But for the cooks who can't wait to taste a little bit of their childhood, here's the recipe I used:

Anise cookies

3 eggs

1 c sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tbsp anise seed, crushed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c sifted flour

Beat eggs. Add sugar gradually and beat until the batter is light in

color. Stir in vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to egg

mixture. Add anise seed.

Drop the batter from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10

minutes at 350 degrees. Let cookies stand on the baking sheet overnight so

they will dry out. Makes 4 dozen.

A note: These cookies will spread out, so make sure you use just a teaspoon

of dough.

Once cookies are cool and dry, add the icing and top with sprinkles.

Cookie icing

1 c powdered sugar

2 tsp whole milk

2 tsp light Karo syrup

Mix sugar and milk, then add Karo until mixed. Can add food coloring. Make

sure consistency is thick enough that it won't slide off cookies.

Use pastry brush to brush icing onto cookies and add colored sprinkles.