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Orange-Anise Cookies

Orange-Anise Butter Twists

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher
  • Total Time: 90 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


These old-school Southern European cookies may not look like much, but their subtle blend of orange zest and anise seed totally delivers in the flavour department. Serve them with a mug of hot coffee or tea for dunking.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp anise seed, crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl. whisk together the sugar, butter, eggs, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, anise seed and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, and stir until the mixture comes together in a soft, smooth dough. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll each one into a 7" rope, then fold in half and twist. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1" apart.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until tops are dry and edges are lightly golden. Let cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool off completely.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Portuguese