Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Koolotie Cookies (Anise Orange Cookies)
Kooloties ... Kahlaties ...Kalooties?? I don't really know the true spelling. These are my Italian grandfathers traditional Easter anise cookies and I can't find reference to them anywhere. That must mean it's a deep routed tradition that hasn't made it to the internet yet, how fun is that?
Let's get something straight off - you are gonna need to like anise flavor, a lot. Sure, you can ease back on the amount of flavoring, or if you're like me, accidentally double it. Easter is not the same without them for us; and this could be a new tradition for you and your family too. New fat and happy traditions- they don't all have to be handed down by family.
Tips and techniques: You can make these ahead and freeze them. Enlist some help to get them all rolled out, it does take a few minutes to get them all done.
Kalooties, Easter Anise Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/8 cup Crisco
1 1/8 cup sugar
dash of salt
1 1/2 tbls of anise
1/8 - 1/4 cup of half and half
Mix the above well in a stand mixer. Add:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
Zest of 2 oranges, juice of one
Add 1/2 cup of flour, and 1/2 tsp baking powder at a time, until the dough is less sticky and ready to bake. This is going to be dependent on the weather and humidity. I would suggest you'll need about 2 more cups of flour total. But do a test batch- cook two cookies and see how they come out. Add more flour if needed.
Use a cookie dough scoop, scoop out a hunk, roll out evenly on the counter, into about a 4 inch long tube, place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If you are having problems rolling them, sprinkle a little flour on the counter.
Make a loop by crossing the right side over the left.
Mix up one egg with a tsp of water- brush on the top of the cookies. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until they cookies begin to slightly brown. Cool on a cookie rack. Enjoy! This makes about 4-5 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make them.