1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon anise extract, or 3 drops anise oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and anise flavoring until well blended. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down to 1/2 inch thickness.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When The cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Slices should be lightly toasted.
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon anise extract OR 2 teaspoons anise seed OR 2 teaspoons Anisette liqueur
Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Position rack in the center.
Grease and flour (or use non-stick spray) three 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pans. Alternately, prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment beat the eggs on medium speed until light and frothy (about 2-3 minutes).
Add the sugar gradually and whisk for another minute or so. Add the oil and extracts. Whisk for another minute. Incorporate the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
Pour mixture in the 3 prepared loaf pans. [If using a cookie sheet, pour 1/4 of the batter down the middle. Will need to repeat this step. Word of caution: the batter will expand].
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from loaf pans and let cool for a few minutes.
Transfer to cutting board. Using a serrated knife, slice cookies about 1/4 inch thick (or thicker).
Place slices flat down on parchment lined baking sheets, and bake for about another 5-8 minutes or longer, depending on your personnel preference and your oven (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get). Make sure to turn the slices over to ensure even toasting.
Can be stored at room temperature for a few weeks…if they last that long.