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Licorice Snaps

This cookie has an unusual flavour - licorice!
It's another recipe from my old Pillsbury Cookie book and has become a favourite in our family.
 It's a refrigerator cookie so it can be mixed ahead,
and then it's simply a matter of slicing and baking when you have the time.
They also keep very well - To store them, I usually make a stack of cookies, lay the stacks on their sides in a covered storage container. I seem to be able to get more into a container this way.
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon. cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole anise seed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Mix all ingredients, blending well.
  2. Divide dough in half, shape into two 10 inch logs, smoothing and flattening the 4 sides to square the logs.
  3. Wrap in wax paper and chill for at least 4 hours
  4. Slice into 1/4 inch slices, place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes - until just slightly brown around the edges.
  6. Remove from pans and cool.


  1. Yum. I can tell that I will love this cookie. And it is so pretty all squared up like that. I love your photo...what a great shot!

  2. Looks like a great recipe to try..I love the square shaped cookies!

  3. As soon as I saw the heading...I knew they would have anise seed in them. They look great...sort of with a peppernut flavour!

  4. All the ingredients are in my cupboards. I have such an addiction for licorice that maybe this will be another option.

  5. licorice cookies? i would have never thought about trying this, but you know that a recipe comes form a good cook it is worth a second look and try it!

  6. Love all the visuals with this cookie. I love licorice flavor...

  7. So glad to find this recipe here...I had lost mine and this is one of my favorite cookies!! Thanks so much!


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