Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lingue di suocera (Mother-in-law's tongues) with star anise

Weird name. Great cookie.That simple.
Some say cookie season is over. Well, not for me. I like to have my cookie jar full at all times, thank you very much. For me an espresso is not worth the trouble, if there's nothing "on the side".
So here's my contribution to Monthly mingle- World of Spice Cookies, hosted by Meeta of What's for lunch, Honey?

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250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cold water
1/2 cup citrus marmalade
1 star anise

Mix flour, sugar, salt in a food processor. Add butter and blend well until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add egg yolks, vanilla and pulse to combine. Add water to allow dough to come together. (Add more water if necessary). Wrap in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Using a mortar and pestle, crush star anise. Sift using a fine mesh sieve and stir into citrus marmalade.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 5 mm thick. Cut out rounds, using an 8cm diameter cutter. Spoon 1/2 tsp marmalade into the center of each round, spreading it out slightly. Bring together two ends and pinch to join.
Place cookies on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Cool. Dust with icing sugar.

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Recipe based on Mary Taylor Simeti's recipe in Bitter Almonds.


Meeta K said...

How totally wonderful! I love the pictures and the recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for the entry!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

lovely and it must be so fragrant. i love star anise...

Snooky doodle said...

these look fantastic :) I like them

Anonymous said...

Cookies, like kindness, should be seasonless! Nice pics.

Helene said...

I love star anise, especially this time of year. The cookies are scrumptious and I love the name too!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What do you mean cookie season is over?! There's no such thing! You're right, it's a weird name but they look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, nice pics too :-)!

Sunshinemom said...

My first time and floored by the photographs!! Congrats, dear winner! Lovely cookies those:)

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Congrats on winning buddy!
love the pic :)