This cookie recipe was given to me by my Italian sister-in-law maybe 20 years ago. Her mom made 100 cookies as she had 14 children , of course we have downsized it to 20 cookies now. They are hundred times better than the ones you buy in the supermarkets ! The best when dipped in your morning coffee !
I know you will love them.
(This is my own photo)
Cream sugar, eggs, butter and Crisco together. Then add anise extract, gradually add the flour and Baking powder (I end up using more than 2 cups, til I get a cookie dough consistency and no longer sticky)then roll into balls (around 1 inch in size)
Press down a little on top.
Place balls on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
I also glaze with confectioner sugar & milk,when completely cooled, then sprinkle with nonpareils.