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Moms Anise Seed Cookies

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of kosher salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons anise seeds, toasted (see page 17)
1 cup turbinado sugar


In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt. Gradually incorporate the flour and anise seeds. When the flour is well combined, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface dusted with powdered sugar. Knead the dough two or three times until it comes together, then form it into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When youre ready to bake, remove the dough from the fridge and let it warm for about 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly dust a work surface with powdered sugar and roll out the dough; it should be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes and place the cookies on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with some of the turbinado sugar. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are just golden. Let cool and serve or store in an airtight container.

Source: www.epicurious.com