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Polish Christmas Cookies
My mother in law has a polish name for these but my husband and brothers always just called them "Polish Christmas Cookies". They are very easy to make and have a nice anise flavor to them. Makes 5 to 6 dozen ( 72 servings).



1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
5 eggs
7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 ounce anise extract


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2 Cream the butter, shortening and the sugar together.
   Stir in the eggs and continue to beat. Add the anise
   flavoring. Stir in 7 cups of the flour, the baking powder and the
   salt. Mix until the dough is soft. Add the additional cup of
   flour if needed. Chill the dough.
3 On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and cut
   with cookie cutters. Place cookies on greased cookie sheets.
4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15
   minutes. Frost and decorate when cookies are cooled.

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