Monday, December 13, 2010

Italian Anisette Orange Marmalade Cookies Recipe



A wonderful Italian Cookie recipe from a very loved friend~

Back in Upstate NY around 1994, I moved to Florida. These two wonderful neighbors lived right down the street from me. We use to get together just around every morning for coffee and homemade cookies after we drop our kids  (her granddaughter Amy, and my son Curt below in the picture we are way in the background, this was 1988).



 at the corner of our developement,  to take the bus to school. We didn't have to walk far but boy on those blustery days in the winter, these cookies were sure to hit the spot with a great cup of coffee. Lousie aways made a fresh pot, not from a machine, but the old fashioned way perked, what a cup of coffee that was , just fabulous... We would sit and chat with her husband, Jim, he would always give the greatest advice, I truly believe he could have solved alot of the worlds problems, he always had a resolution that made perfect sense. He should have run for office!


Orange marmalade and anisette a perfect match~

Shape in loaves makes around 6 good size loaves 8 small 
  
My two dearest friends from Upstate NY. Louise and Jim.
This is Louise's special recipe for these delicious Italian Anisette Orange Marmalade Cookies.  I miss them everyday since I moved here. Thank you Louise for this fabulous recipe and hope you two have a blessed Christmas! These cookies are absolutely wonderful!
 
 These actually are a soft cookie unless you  can bake them twice if you like but She doesn't,  they are great the way they are. After they are cut,  if you prefer, put them back in the oven and toast them turning once on a 350 degree oven until brown on both sides
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1 cup crisco
1 cup sugar
4 eggs beaten
1 small 1 oz bottle anise extract
1 cup marmalade
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
1 egg yolk beaten for tops to brush on

Combine crisco and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs, anise, marmalade. Blend in flour and levening agents. If dough is too sticky add more up to one more cup of flour.
 Flour hands shape into loaves don't make them too big, these should be 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. Brush with one egg yolk beaten. Bake on 400 till browned. Slice loaves on the slant when cooled.  Freeze loaves unused until ready to serve. You can leave these plain or toast in 350 degree oven till brown.

Thanks again Louise....my memories of those days are etched in my brain forever.... I miss you both!

20 comments:

alison said...

nice to see your lovely friends!the cake sounds very flavoured!

Claudia said...

I so love this - the anisette for an authentic biscotti flavor and then the orange marmalade for that crisp sweetness. This will definitely have a place of honor this holiday season. The picture? Sweeter than the biscotti!

5 Star Foodie said...

These sound excellent with the anise extract, yum!

Cookin' Canuck said...

There is nothing like a special recipe from a dear friend or family member - makes it taste that much better! I love the idea of orange and anisette together.

lostpastremembered said...

I make my plum pudding with marmalade and have a lovely fresh jar of the good stuff from England... would love to make these lovely cookies!

Emily Malloy said...

Love the photos! So sweet :o)

These cookies are perfection!

Katie Yoon said...

This is very warm story. I wish I have friends like yours. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

Design Wine and Dine said...

great post! My Dad's Mom used to make these all the time and we loved them so!

Thanks for sharing :)

Lazaro Cooks! said...

What a lovely post and some gorgeous cookies as well.

Trix said...

Aww, that's sweet. What great memories, it's nice you can recreate them through food. Isn't that the best way? xoxo

Cristina - Teenie Cakes said...

Claudia - some beautiful memories surrounding these cookies. At first glance, they look like biscottis. I just know they're tasty treats with the anise!

Cucina di Barbara said...

Lovely recipe and lovely memories!
Thanks for sharing!
Barbara

Catherine said...

Hello dear! Thank you for visiting and commenting! I love getting feedback on the posts. I apologize for the difficulty with posting comments.

These cookies by the way sound delicious and look absolutely lovely and festive. Brings back many happy memories for me!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Cheers~

Aggie said...

I love anisette cookies...they remind me of my nonna. She loves them. What a great recipe to cherish from your friend.

Drick said...

this gotta be the perfect cookie for biscotti, love the flavors in there, just what it should be without out too much fuss.... beautiful friends

Cake Duchess said...

Great cookie recipe Claudia! You look so beautiful in that photo with your dear friends. The love is showing.

oak dining room table said...

Priceless photos! And for the cookie recipe, it looks lovely and delicious!

Indonesian In Turkey said...

They looks yummy and crunchy ! welldone.. :)

Spicie Foodie said...

I love recipes with a heartfelt warming story. They sound like lovely people. The cookies do look and sound like they really hit the spot on a cold NY morning. Thanks for sharing Louise's recipe and a lovely story with us.

Foodessa said...

Claudia...your friends sound as lovely as this cookie recipe.
I can only imagine how honoured Louise must feel now that you portrayed her in such an endearing way ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia