stick (½ cup) salted butter, softened
cup granulated sugar
teaspoon anise extract
teaspoons baking powder
cup all-purpose flour
tablespoon grated lemon or orange peel
Step 1: Lightly grease a cookie sheet; set aside. Step 2: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Step 3: In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Step 4: Add sugar, anise extract, and baking powder. Beat until combined. Step 5: Beat in eggs. Step 6: Gradually beat in flour until well combined. Step 7: Stir in lemon or orange peel. Step 8: Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 10-inch by long roll. Place rolls about 5 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet; flatten each roll to 3 inches wide. Step 9: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out nearly clean. Transfer to cooling surface for 1 hour. Step 10: Set oven temperature at 325 degrees F. Step 11: Transfer rolls to cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife cut each roll diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down onto cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Step 12: Turn slices over and bake for an additional 12 minutes, or until dry. Do not overbake. Transfer slices to rack and cool completely.