They are also time consuming to make, be prepared to spend an few hours, and a couple of days, making these delectable snacks. Creaming the butter and sugar takes a half hour with a stand mixer, longer with a hand held, and your arms will fall off before you can complete the task by hand.
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
10 drops of LorAnn anise oil or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp anise extract
Start by beating the four eggs until light and foamy. Gradually add the sugar to the eggs. Continue beating the mixture for half an hour with your stand mixer, 45 minutes with a hand mixer. Slowly add sifted flour until a smooth stiff dough is formed. Cover dough ball and refrigerate over night. Roll out dough on a lightly flour covered board. Flatten to about 1/4 inch thick.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake cookies for 3 minutes. Turn heat down to 325 degrees. Bake for 2 minutes more. Remove cookies from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, store in an air tight container.