Anise Seed Borrachio Cookies Recipe -
Anise Seed Borrachio Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Anise Seed Borrachio Cookies

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"You must find some time to make these cookies because are simply delicious; one of my best friend's favorites. They are classic sugar cookies with the blended flavors of vanilla, anise and rum."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    35 mins


  1. Place the anise seeds in a small bowl with the rum. Set aside to marinate overnight.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the anise seed and rum. Mix in the egg. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cloves; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 23, 2006


Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 10, 2007

These tasted great and melted in your mouth. But they were not pretty to look at and very crumbly in texture. The cookies fell apart very easyily, so they were difficult to store or present on a cookie tray. I think that rolling them out thicker would be better. Or, since the dough was so sticky, maybe skip the whole rolling the dough out part and just make them into balls and flatten a bit with a fork or a glass.


18 Ratings

Sep 12, 2005

I made these cookies for a Mexican themed dinner at a local concert-in-the-park. They were wonderful. I did make the mistake of serving them alongside some empanadas which were very sweet. The sweetness made these seem bland. Today, I tried it again and wow!!! They were wonderful. I also wonder if the flavor blended more the next day? I had a mom in my daughter's class (who is from Mexico) try one and she loved it. She said her mom would also sprinkle powdered sugar on these for looks. I really didn't find them to be any more labor intensive than making sugar cookies. When others find out that you soaked anise seeds in rum, they label you as a great cook! I think I'll take that title and run with it! I will def. keep this recipe. Thank you Ruben!

Dec 23, 2010

These are very mellow cookies...they have just enough spice to taste it but you might like a little more punch! Very good though.

Jan 22, 2005

These are great, delicate little tea cookies. Yum! I made them exactly as stated in the recipe, except that it seemed to work a lot better to remove them from the baking sheet right away. (I let the first batch cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and some of them cracked when I removed them.) Five stars for this unique recipe!

Aug 11, 2005

This was such fun to make. The dough came together easily, rolled out easily, and produced a tender cookie. It made 5 dozen 2 1/2-inch great-tasting cookies. I used Bacardi light.

Feb 13, 2006

OH RUBEN!!! I wish I could give these more stars. These are a MUST TRY for every baker that loves the taste of anise. Followed the recipe except ran out of all purpose flour so had to use 1/4 whole wheat flour to make the 2.5 cups and had to flour my board w/the wheat flour and they still came out beautiful! Didn't have ground clove so had about 1/2 tsp. allspice left in my container so used that. Soaked the seeds last night and by this morning they had absorbed all the rum. The anise is not overpowering but yet it is there. Made these into hearts for Valentine's day and going to ice them "Sugar Cookie Icing" (submitted by Janice Brubaker here on Allrecipes) and add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the glaze so as not to 'steal' anything from the taste of this wonderful creation. I am the world's worst cookie 'roller' and these rolled out beautifully and cut well. Very sturdy cookie. These are just the best! Reminds me of a good pizelle. Could leave out the bit of clove and still have the best cookie. This is probably the best cookie recipe I have ever tried on here and I have tried many good ones. thank you so much for a recipe that I shall use for years to come.

May 04, 2006

These are great. If you like butter cookies, you'll love these. Very light and delicate and not too sweet. I made them for a Cinco De Mayo luncheon we had at work today (I know, it's only May 4th. LOL). I made them exactly like the recipe except I made the dough last night and baked them off this morning. I used real butter so the dough was quite stiff after being in the fridge all night. I bet these would be great rolled into a log and sliced off. They were easy to roll out and baked off beautifully. I sprinkled a little sugar on top for sparkle as another reviewer suggested. I found out that "Borrachio" or "Borracho" means "drunk" or "drunken". I thought that was really cute given the rum in the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 111 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 90 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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