SkADaMo 2013 Day 4

December 4, 2013

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Aunt Anna’s Anise Cookies

I made anise cookies last night. I made them to share at my Illustrator monthly meeting’s holiday cookie exchange extravaganza today.

I chose to make anise cookies and this sketch (from last year), in memory of my sweet Aunt Anna who passed away last year, at this time and who’s recipe this is.

It was passed down to her from her mother-in-law of German decent. So they’ve been a family tradition for eons and my family became part of that tradition somewhere in the 50’s, I believe.

I suppose they are an acquired taste, what with that licorice taste from the anise and all. In fact my husband and niece both called them poison cookies until those lovely, seductive, little holiday shaped biscuits finally grew on them. But to say my family loves them is an understatement and now they’ve become an even more important part of our holiday tradition.

Anise cookies.

Anna’s anise cookies.

Aunt Anna’s anise cookies.

Thank you auntie, for being such a wonderful, loving person, my godmother and for leaving us with such a lovely, sweet tasting tradition. You’re always in my heart.

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13 Responses to “SkADaMo 2013 Day 4”


  1. What an honor for your aunt… to be part of HoHoDooDa! Such a sweet story :o)). Love it!

  2. islandowl Says:

    “ions” is one of the sweetest typos I have seen. In fact you could say that for eons your family has been getting a charge out of the recipe and feel positively attracted to eating many anise cookies. I bet there is not a negative thought about them at all!

  3. Vicki Says:

    Those cookies are delicious as is your illustration.

  4. writersideup Says:

    they look like they’re a butter-type cookie only add anise? It’s actually in baking that I can tolerate the anise flavor 🙂 And it can’t be overpowering! lol Maybe you should try making half a batch going a little lighter on the anise flavor and see how that goes over 🙂 It’s so nice your aunt left this behind for all of you to enjoy, but I’m sure there are many more things you certainly remember her by 😀

  5. studio lolo Says:

    I love tradition!! Sweet illo♥

  6. erin Says:

    While I don’t like anise I do love brown edge sugar cookies (or as we call them at our house “burnt” edge and bottom cookies.


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