A Cookie By Another Name. . .

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired 104763

Every platter I prepare for family and friends will have these biscuits included..... they are so easy to make and everyone loves them....I even tasted one!!!

Original content by Michael Jacobs CalBRE #01165532

A Cookie By Another Name  


This post is based on something not just years but decades old.  My mom's sister, our aunt and my godmother, was an exceptional talent in the kitchen.  


I remember as a child asking for a cherry pie rather than a cake for my birthday because I knew where it might come from. I was right then.  Unfortunately, my aunt is no longer with us but thanks to my sister one of her recipes still exists.  


A funny story, at least funny in our family, is the name of this recipe which remains a holiday favorite.  For the longest time, actually until fairly recently, this treat was known around our house as Anna's Cookies.  Anna, was my uncle's sister, my Aunt's sister-in-law.  Although not a direct relative of ours,  I remember her and her husband, Sam - as a very nice couple who we would see on occasion but not on a regular basis.  The cookies associated with her oh so tasty. 


It’s been about a year since I had a bite, okay - more than a bite.  Only recently, I learned they were not Anna's Cookies but anise cookies named for one of the ingredients.  A truly  OMG moment that certainly caused a family chuckle.  Okay, so here's the recipe:


Anise Cookies(Previously known as Anna's Cookies)


2 1/2 cups flour 

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

Anise seeds *


Beat eggs and sugar for 10 minutes

Add flour, mix well

Add Anise extract(see  * below)


Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 cake pan,  

Spread evenly in pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  

Carefully remove from pan and cut into rows of cookies(approximately 1x4 inches(biscotti size) and place on a cookie sheet,

Put cookie sheet back in oven and bake for 5 minutes on each side,

If you want a softer cookie, decrease time to 3 minutes each side.

Cool and eat.


Makes approximately 24 cookies

Since I am not a baker, the email sent by my sister in response to my inquiry request, was at first kinda brief.  

My sister noted there was no mention of the quantity/measurement of Anise* - A rather key ingredient  so my sister guesses it's a preference and she thought maybe 1-2 teaspoons. 


After searching two stores, I found a bottle of pure anise extract so I think I am prepared to experiment.  Anybody ready?  I am not so sure, I am but I’m willing to try later this week.  After all, there is no need to rush creativity, right?


This is a post for the December 2020 ActiveRain Challenge Holiday Fun and Cheer hosted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker and  Carol Williams.


The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393





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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

They do look easy. I might just have to try them. 

Dec 15, 2020 06:57 AM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really enjoy reading Michael Jacobs 's visions on any subject in his post. Thank you for sharing his post this morning 🎅

Happy Tuesday morning Barbara Todaro 

Dec 15, 2020 07:00 AM #2
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Fun story about Anna's cookies.  We have a similar one in our family from years ago.  We were all sitting around the table discussing something and, for some reason, we started talking about Grand Marnier.  My young step brother looked up quizzically and said, "Grandma Ray, who is Grandma Ray."  That day and for many years later, we had a new family member. I like Anna's cookies even better. Aren't kids great?

Dec 15, 2020 07:01 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - It was nice seeing a second comment from you today on my post with your positive words and NOW this reblog spreading more good cheer. 

As I replied in my response to your comment today, a Barbara Todaro seal of approval beats anything I could ever find from Good Housekeeping.  It's far more credible. 

Thank you for the reblog.  I hope your family enjoys them too.  

Dec 15, 2020 07:04 AM #4
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Good morning Barbara Todaro thank you for sharing a delicious Anise Cookies previously known as Anna's cookies recipe.

Dec 15, 2020 07:27 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Good reblog Barbara!  Loved this story of Michael's.  Cookie's sound yummy!

Dec 15, 2020 07:34 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara,  I need to bake some cookie but think I am passing this year.  Always do for clients but even 3 family on my street have the covid virus and one is in the hospital so not delivering.  The post office is to slow.  Lots of clients have not got the calendars I mail yet in November


Dec 15, 2020 08:52 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday afternoon, Barbara.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Dec 15, 2020 10:14 AM #8
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

No more room left. I see a bunch of people including chidren with a newly developed pouch around their waist.  

Dec 15, 2020 11:11 AM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have to try these - I can't wait to sample them and share them with family on Christmas day...especially since they have the Barbara Todaro's stamp of approval on them! 😎

Dec 15, 2020 08:26 PM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Barbara, I saw this post and suggested to Michael Jacobs  once he makes them I will be happy to drive by for a pickup...  no need to have him go deliver to our home after all the work he has done:)Endre

Dec 15, 2020 10:37 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

I can hardly believe my eyes, you actually ate something that had sugar in it, amazing!

Dec 16, 2020 12:23 AM #12
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Those cookies are good for a niece (anise) or a nephew Barbara Todaro. FUN post by Michael Jacobs

Dec 16, 2020 09:55 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

^^Cute, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Very cute!

Dec 16, 2020 10:27 AM #14
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

A great big WOW! Did I read that you Barbara Todaro tasted one!?

Dec 18, 2020 11:00 AM #15
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I Love it.  Thanks,


Jan 13, 2021 05:28 PM #16
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