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St Nicholas Cookies (Speculaas)
1 C softened unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 C white sugar
1 1/4 S dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large beaten eggs
3 1/2 C all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons each nutmeg and ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger and ground anise seed (or anise extract which is easier to find)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Combine butter,vanilla and sugars. Beat until fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
2. sift flour and add all remaining dry ingredients together and beat into butter mixture.