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Swedish Anise Twists

My family loves the subtle taste of anise, so it's no surprise these pretty twists are often requested. Because anise appears in the dough and topping, everyone gets a doubly delicious dose of their favorite herb.—Geraldine Grisdale, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed aniseed
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed aniseed


  • In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt, aniseed and 3 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; roll into a 16-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Cut into three 16-in. x 3-in. pieces. Cut each piece into sixteen 3-in. x 1-in. strips. Twist each strip; place 1-1/2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Combine topping ingredients; brush over twists.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until browned. Cool on wire racks.
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