makes about 48

2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 egg white
1-3/4 tsp. anise seed, crushed
2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. orange extract OR 3/4 tsp. freshly grated orange peel(if can tolerate)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon(if can tolerate)
1 Tbsp. sugar


Mix together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar. In another bowl cream together the 1-1/2 cups sugar and the butter until fluffy. Beat the egg, egg white, anise seed, water, and extract into the butter mixture. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients. Gather dough into a ball, place in a plastic bag or in a covered bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together in a small bowl the tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon, then set aside. Form dough into balls about an inch across. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with fingers slightly to discs about 1/4-inch thick. Space cookies about an inch apart because they will spread and become thin. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake at 350 degrees F. until they just begin to turn golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. (Watch the last two minutes that they don't burn). Remove immediately and cool on racks.