Small cookies similar to these were
prepared by the early Pagans in Germany; the cookies were
often shaped like animals. Very likely these treats are the roots of our modern animal crackers!
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup anise seed
Combine the flour, salt and baking
powder in small bowl. Beat the eggs until fluffy in a medium sized mixing bowl. Continue beating and slowly add
the sugar. When mixed properly this batter is pale and thick. Add a little milk if the batter is to dry.
Stir in the lemon and orange rind. Mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time until the dough is smooth. Cover;
chill for 1 hour.
Roll 1/3~inch thick on a flat, sugared
surface. Cut into desired shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with anise seed. Cover;
refrigerate for 24 hours. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Bake until lightly browned on the edges, about 20
minutes. Cool. Place in an airtight container and store for 10 days before eating.
About 5 dozen small cookies.
Joy and love, especially among members
of a magical group; animal kinship.
Almost any, but especially Yule and
Winter Solstice. Also Feast of Madonna, Beltane, Sun Dance, Pardon of the Birds.