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4 eggs

2 cups sugar

4-6 drops of anise oil or 1 teaspoon anise extract

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

3¾ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Lightly grease cookie sheets.

In large bowl, beat eggs on high until very thick, about 15 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Continue beating 10 minutes. Beat in anise and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined.

On floured surface, roll dough to ½-inch thickness. Use palm of hand to smooth dough surface. Dust dough with flour. With springerle mold or rolling pin, press designs into dough. Remove excess flour from the design with a soft pastry brush or paint brush. Cut cookies along design lines and place on prepared cookie sheet. Cover with a cloth and let stand 8 hours or overnight to set design.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place cookies in oven and immediately decrease temperature to 300 degrees. Bake 10-15 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and let cool. Store in air-tight containers.

Makes 48 cookies.

Nutrition values per serving: 60 calories, .5 g fat (0 saturated), 14 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 2 g protein, 20 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium.