Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Coffee-Anise Stars

December 13, 2022 at 11:15 pm | Posted in BWD, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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coffee-anise stars

Are we all in full holiday baking mode yet? I have so many new things I want to try: babka (of course!), a chocolate-rosemary roulade, two different sticky toffee puddings, a mint-chocolate cake, a gingerbread layer cake, a rum raisin bundt, some baked apple thing and approximately ten thousand cookies. I don’t know how many I’ll actually wind up getting to, but I can tick one of those cookies off the list with these Coffee-Anise Stars.

These crisp roll-out cookies are gingerbread-adjacent, flavored with molasses, cinnamon, espresso powder and ground star anise. The anise is the “star” of the show here, but if you aren’t a fan of that licorice thing, you can certainly swap it out for any other warm spice that’s nice, or go full-gingerbread with a blend. I bet you can even cut them out into trees or snowmen or little dudes, and they will still work. Haha. I wanted to give my stars a coffee glaze, so instead of Dorie’s egg white-based one, I mixed a tiny bit of soft butter, powdered sugar and coffee till I had a coat-able consistency. These are a nice spicy bite with coffee, natch.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. We preferred these naked but your glaze sounds good. You have quite the list to bake, enjoy.

  2. What a lovely flavor combination!

  3. Knowing that you don’t really love making the cut out cookie thing…makes me appreciate yours even more! 😂😍 I love that you did a different icing and I like your shooting star shape!

  4. The different shapes of stars are so joyous to see, like looking into the night sky with a sense of awe. Yes, the coffee flavor glaze must be amazing too. How come I didn’t think of that earlier?

  5. A coffee glaze sounds nice. I think any shape cutter would work just fine, so they’re not just for Christmas.

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