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Swiss Anise Christmas Cookies

Anise Cookies are one of the most popular and beloved Swiss Christmas cookies! They have a unique flavor, are very crisp, yet have a soft core!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swiss
Keyword anise cookie recipe, anise cookies, christmas cookies, german anise cookies
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 50 Cookies
Calories 37kcal
Author Aline Cueni



  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Toast the anise seeds for a few minutes in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Coarsely grind them in a mortar and set aside. → Those two steps enhance the anise flavor!
  • Beat the eggs, powdered sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer until white and fluffy (takes about 3-5 minutes).
  • Stir in anise seeds.
  • Add flour and stir using a spatula until just combined.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form/roll the dough into ½-inch (1 ½ cm) thick rolls. → This is about the thickness of a finger.
  • Cut the rolls into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces. Make two cuts and shape them into a half-moon (see pictures in the blog post's step-by-step instructions). Transfer to the lined baking sheets and let them dry at room temperature for 24 hours. → Don't cover, and don't leave at a place with a draft.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Bake the cookies in the lower third of the oven, with the oven door slightly ajar, for 15-20 minutes.→ Stick a wooden spoon between the oven and the door!
  • Remove from the oven, allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Do you have Kirsch at home? Add two tablespoons of Kirsch to the dough (Step 4) and add a little more flour.
Do you prefer to cut out cookies? Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out, using a rolling pin, to about ¼-inch (½ cm) thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough into shapes. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all dough is used.
Store: They stay fresh for quite a while if stored in a cookie tin at room temperature.
This dough can't be made in advance! Once the dough is mixed together, you don't want to lose any time shaping them.


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg