For as long as I can remember, anise cookies were my choice Christmas cookies. (Weird, right?! I should note that artichokes were also my favorite vegetable by the age of 5.) My dad's mom would make Springerle, a German cookie, each year, and these cookies were tasty and beautiful (as they were made in molds with beautiful patterns on each cookie.) When my dad's mom passed away, my mom's mom decided to start making anise drop cookies each year and lovingly mail them from Arizona to my hometown in Illinois. In the midst of such a busy time of year, I so appreciated the thoughtfulness of both of my grandmas in making certain that these favorite cookies were around for me (and others) to enjoy!