January 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Monika Topolko in Recipes

Anise White Wine Cookies & Exciting News

Anise White Wine Cookies

Okay. I’m about to get somewhat emotional and mushy as the post progresses and the news are out in the open. I am so sorry for that. Really. But, I’m afraid it’s inevitable. And you might as well get used to it, because I have a feeling there’s some more mushiness to come in the following months. So, here we go…

There is a tiny person growing inside me and it’s making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Baby shoes

Yes, I’m pregnant! The little one is about 7 weeks old (or young?!) and it seems to be doing just fine. And so am I. In fact, I’ve been doing extremely well. Just the thought that there is a teeny tiny little heart beating inside me is amazing and positively overwhelming. I think I may be high on pregnancy hormones. I’m so happy, it’s almost starting to freak me out. Seriously.

The fact is, we have been wanting to have a baby for a long time now. Unfortunately, we have not been able to concieve due to my health issues. We were told that it would be next to impossible for us to conceive in a natural way, and yet we somehow managed to do just that. It was a huge surprise for all of us. Life truly is mysterious.

Anise White Wine Cookies

Fortunately, the notorious morning sicknesses and food aversions are a notion unfamiliar to me. Well, at least for now. Because my eating habits already are quite healthy, my diet has not really changed that much. Oh, there’s just one major thing. No more wine for me. But, just because I can’t drink wine doesn’t mean I can’t eat it, right? Right! Because the alcohol in wine evaporates during cooking (and baking, obviously), it is perfectly safe to enjoy a meal containg a glass (or two) of wine every once in a while.

Anise White Wine Cookies

These Italian cookies have a lovely delicate anise flavor, but their real beauty lies in the fact that you can really taste the wine too. They are like crunchy sugar cookies and are super easy to make. These cookies make a great accompaniement to a glass of wine or a cup of tea in my case.

Anise White Wine Cookies

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Anise White Wine Cookies

Makes 50-60 cookies
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Difficulty: Basic

Category: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
These Italian cookies have a delicate anise flavor and you can really taste the wine too. They are like crunchy sugar cookies and are super easy to make. These cookies make a great accompaniement to a glass of wine or a cup of tea.
Ingredients
1 teaspoon anise seeds
240ml white wine
440g all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
170g granulated sugar + more for coating cookies
125ml sunflower oli + more for brushing cookies
Directions
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Lightly crush anise seeds, add them to wine and let them soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add sugar and stir to combine.
Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the oil and wine (discard anise seeds). Stir with a wooden spoon or use your fingertips to bring the dough together. Knead a few turns.
To shape the cookies, take about a walnut sized piece of dough and roll into 8-10cm long strip. Join the edges together to form a ring and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of dough. Brush cookies with oil and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake cookies until just lightly golden brown on the bottom, about 20-25 minutes. Let them cool and store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

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27 Responses

  • Nevena says:

    Draga Monika, još jednom vam čestitam od sveg srca! a recept za ove keksiće sam jedva dočekala.. kad ih budem radila, vjerojatno ću ulje zamijeniti maslinovim.. fotke su prekrašne! <3

    • Hvala ti najljepša draga. :) Što se keksića tiče, znala sam da će se tebi sigurno svidjeti. I ja sam ulje htjela zamijeniti maslinovim, ali trenutno imam samo domaće istarsko maslinovo ulje koje je preintenzivno za ove delikatne keksiće. Bojala sam se da se vino neće osjetiti. Ako probaš s maslinjakom, svakako javi dojmove.

  • Rosa says:

    Congratulations! Awesome news…

    Your cookies are wonderful and must be delightfully fragrant.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Heather says:

    Congratulations on the new life, as well as your finding of this loophole! I have been baking these cookies for years now, and enjoy both red and white wine versions. I find it extra delicious to replace the anise with a richer spice like cloves or cinnamon, maybe a hint of orange zest, when I opt for the red wine cookie. Enjoy the ride and the treats… in moderation (have to throw that in as a dietitian)!

    Cheers,
    *Heather*

    • Hi Heather,

      thank you for your kind words and advice. I do try to avoid sweets, especially those with high sugar and fat content. As for the cookies, I love the idea of red wine cookies spiced with cinnamon and orange zest. I’m giving those a try ASAP!

  • Andrea says:

    Draga Monika, još jednom ti čestitam od srca na ovako divnim novostima. Čuvaj se i uživaj u svakom trenutku. Meni je trudnoća stvarno bila predivan period život, bila sam sva pozitivno nabrijana, puna energije i dobro raspoložena, baš ovako kako se i ti sad osjećaš.

    Keksi su divni, kao i fotke. Obožavam ovakve recept i ovakve, pomalo rustikalne okuse. I ja bi rado kombinirala maslinovo ulje u ovom receptu, ali vjerujem da su i s običnim uljem divni.
    Jako mi se sviđa i atmosfera na fotografijama, sve je nekako nježno i prozračno. :)

    • Hvala ti najljepša draga Andrea! Drago mi je čuti još lijepih iskustava. Većina žena se nažalost ne sjeća trudnoće u pretjerano dobrom svijetlu, što i mogu shvatiti ako su patile od jakih mučnina, proširenih vena i sl. No, hvala bogu, za sad se osjećam bolje nego ikad i nedam se da će to tako i ostati :)

  • jubistacha says:

    Odlične vijesti. Želim ti da uživaš najviše na svijetu. Ja sam imala mučnine neko vrijeme da mi se čak i kava zgadila. Nisam je pila cijelu trudnoću a i poslje zbog dojenja ;)

  • Opasna says:

    Čestitam!!! Kakve vesti, divno!!! Uživaj u svakom trenutku i sve najlepše ti želim!

  • Draga Monika iskrene čestitke , divne vijesti !!
    Super su mi i keksići, odmah sam zabilježila recept i sigurno ih ubrzo isprobavam ! Fotkice su kao i uvijek za uživanje u svakom pogledu !

  • eto, danas mi je ovo druga objava trudonoce u jednom danu! divne vijesti =)) cestitam od srca!

    keksice su sigurno probati, jer mi se bas svidja to sto ne ide putar u njih.. a onaj panj je odlican! =)

  • Ana says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband! What wonderful news. I wish you a healthy pregnancy and all the very best during this exciting time in your lives. : )

  • Jan Walker says:

    Congratulations Monika!!! That’s awesome news…hope the morning sickness continues to avoid you, it’s not a thing you’d want!!
    Here’s to a healthy, happy Mama & Daddy and a Healthy and Happy Baby!! ♥

  • Milkica says:

    Dobro sam pretpostavila!!! :)
    Bas mi je drago. Posebno zbog problema koje ste imali. Uzivaj sada i cuvaj se. Meni se prva tri meseca uzasno spavalo. Mucnine nisam imala, ali sam isla na spavanje u 19h. :)
    Cestitke od sveg srca!

    • Hvala Milkice :) I ja sam strašno pospana i samo bih spavala, što inače uopće nije meni svojstveno. Popodne nisam nikada drijemala, a neki 5-6 sati sna mi je bio optimum. No, sad su stvari potpuno drugačije :)

  • nevena says:

    Čestitam!!!
    Stvarno divne vesti:)

  • Anja says:

    Prekrasni keksići, fina aroma, to je ono što se traži :)

    A od srca čestitam na lijepoj vijesti :)

  • Petra says:

    Čestitke! Ma šta ti lječnici znaju uopće, nikada nisu čuli da su čuda moguća!

  • Maja says:

    Draga Monika, čestitam vam još jednom od srca :) Predivan post, baš sam se raznježila :)
    Ove keksiće sam probala (s dodatkom sjemenki koromača umjesto anisa) i bili su mi predivni!
    Samo ti uživaj u kuhanom/pečenom s dodatkom vina :)

  • tanja says:

    Divne vijesti, čestitam od srca!!! Sve najlepše i uživaj u svakom trenutku trudnoće!
    A keksi su krasni, kombinacija sastojaka prefina!

  • Ivana says:

    Draga Monika, čestitam od svega srca na novom životu koji nosiš u sebi. Znam kako je to dugo čekati to malo biće i već gubiti nadu a liječnici kažu da nema šanse da začeće bude prirodno! Tada Bog pomrsi svima planove i udahne novi život u nas i učini nas presretnima! :)
    Dugo te već pratim, od Coolinarike, probala sam jako puno tvojih recepata, svi su u gram točni a ukusom savršeni! Sad se javljam jer me ova tvoja vijest jako obradovala i znam kako se osjećaš! Želim vam sreću, ugodnu trudnoću i uživanje!

  • MrsCake says:

    I’m so happy for you!! ^ ^ keeping fingers crossed for a healthy pregnancy ;)

  • jazzy Kitchen says:

    Izazvala si mi suze na oci… Cestitam od srca, uzivaj u jednom od najljepsih, najdrugacijih i naposebnijih razdoblja u zivotu i zelim ti srecu :) Budi meka i njezna, placi, smij se, sve je dozovoljeno i dobrodoslo!!!

  • Dilajla says:

    Draga Monika od srca ti čestitam na tako lijepoj vijesti i tako mi je drago što će se tvoja mala porodica uvećati za jednog tako najočekivanijeg člana.Sretno od sveg srca.

  • Karen says:

    Sweet news! All the best to you – it’s an amazing journey.
    The cookies are making me think of ones my Italian grandmother would put on the table after dinner – I love that hint of anise.

  • Thank you so much for your kind words and support. You’re the best :)



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