Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Star Anise Cookies


Not your ordinary cookie! These little wonders are surprisingly flavored with star anise, fennel and cardamom and they pack a real punch! Brilliant with a cup of tea. The recipe comes from Swedish baker wonder-man Johan Sörberg of Riddarbageriet, definitely the place to go in Stockholm for excellent bread, buns and cookies.

Star Anise Cookies
75 small cookies

100 g demerara sugar
18 g star anise
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cardamom seeds

Mix together in a small food processor until everything is uniformly ground, or bash together in a pestle and mortar.

250 g butter, softened and unsalted
25 g dark syrup or molasses
300 g wheat flour
2 g baking powder
50 g dark chocolate, chopped finely

Mix the butter, syrup, flour, baking powder and spice sugar, and finally add the chocolate. Shape into two long rolls - or squared rolls if you want square cookies - and wrap in plastic. Leave them in the fridge to firm up for at least two hours, or overnight. When you're ready to bake, slice and bake at 175°C for 6-8 minutes.

Recipe in Swedish:


Finla said...

Those cookies look delicious. Never had a cookie with staranise in it

Annemarie said...

An adult-style spice combination but they sound wonderfully warming.

Amelia Ames said...

Wow! These sound so different from anything that I have tried. I'm always looking for something different, so I'll have to try these. Is the dark stuff in your picture just the spices? At first glance I though they were chocolate chips. How American of me!

Daniel Roos said...

Hej Anne du bakar på och ligger i som vanligt det glädjer mig hoppas du mår bra må så gott mvh Daniel

Katie said...

I love the flavour of star anise but have never used it in a cookie before. Do you use the whole star anise or can you get it in powder form?
Enjoy your holiday.

Anne said...

Amy, these actually have dark chocolate as well, so most of what you see *is* indeed chocolate. The spices are ground very finely.

Katie, I've only bought it whole and ground it myself.

Rachael Narins said...

I have been using star anise a lot lately, just not in desserts. This is such a great idea, and seems very contemporary.