Greek Easter Cookies

My nephews grandmother always made these on Greek Easter. I like to keep up traditions.


1/3 cup honey
4 tablespoons anise-flavored liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
Sesame seeds


Mix honey, 2 tablespoons liqueur and juice in small bowl. Set glaze aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter baking sheets. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons liqueur, and lemon peel. Gradually mix in dry ingredients.

Working with 1 tablespoon dough at a time, roll dough between palms and work surface into 7-inch ropes. Form into bow ties or twists. Place on prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly. Brush glaze over cookies. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake cookies until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks. Lightly brush cookies again with glaze. Cool.

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