So there is a little cookie that Germans sometimes make during Christmas called Springerle. Springerle is a type of South German biscuit or cookie with an embossed design made by pressing a mold onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before baking. This preserves the detail of the surface pattern. While historical molds show that springerle were baked for religious holidays and secular occasions throughout the year, they are now most commonly associated with the Christmas season. The major ingredients of springerle are eggs, white (wheat) flour, and very fine or powdered sugar. The biscuits are traditionally anise-flavored, although the anise is not usually mixed into the dough; instead it is dusted onto the baking sheets so that the biscuit sits on top of the crushed anise seeds. Read about the History of this little cookie HERE.
Now, the biggest thing about Anise is that it is basically the flavor of licorice. It is a very distinct flavor and once you have tasted it, you will be able to spot it in any dish.
Make these Anise Drops using this recipe.
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