Olive oil, lemon & anise cookies


Piece of life

For me, summer rhymes with Nice (France). During my childhood, we spent all our summers on the French Riviera. The beach, the countryside, the smells, the cicadas… I close my eyes, and I’m there. And as always, my memories are highly associated with food. And if we talk about Nice, my favourites are the socca [from Chez Pipo], the Pan bagnat [we used to have picnics on the beach, always with Pan bagnat] and the anise cookies.

You have no idea of the nostalgia I felt while writing these lines. This pandemic takes away a lot from us…

About the olive oil, lemon & anise cookies

For specialties from the south of France, I usually go to Carole’s website, from the blog Alter Gusto. I’ve been following her for several years, and I love her recipes. As I was looking for a cookie recipe combining olive oil, lemon and anise, I found one of her recipes, not on her blog but on the website of Cuisine et Vins de France [for the record, I have mountains of this magazine, I bought it for years]. And this recipe was perfect, exactly what I was looking for.

I followed the recipe to the letter, there was really nothing I wanted to change. I only reduced the amount of anise, 1 tablespoon seemed too much for my taste. The recipe is very easy, there is nothing technical in the preparation. To cut the cookies, you can use a cookie cutter or simply a knife.

Olive oil, lemon & anise cookies
Olive oil, lemon & anise cookies

You’ll get little dry, crumbly cookies [that’s normal], perfect for serving with a cup of coffee. They are delicious! The combination of olive oil, anise and lemon works perfectly. And the little grains of sugar on top give a wonderfully sweet crunch. I eat them with my eyes closed, and I’m on the French Riviera, so that is a win!

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Olive oil, lemon & anise cookies

Cookies with a typical taste of the south of France, crunchy and tasty ! I eat them with my eyes closed and I can't be stopped. Come and try them !
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Française
Keyword: Easy recipe, French pastry
Portions 20 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Temps de repos: 1 hour
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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  • 200 g flour
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 70 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the topping

  • 1 tbsp sugar


  • In a bowl, mix the sugar and the egg.
  • Add the lemon zest, olive oil, salt and anise. Mix together.
  • Add the flour. Mix all the ingredients until you get a homogeneous dough. Form a ball, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • On a floured counter, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 2 to 3 mm. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter (or a knife). Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or a silicone mat). If you have any leftover dough, form a ball and repeat this step.
  • Sprinkle the cookies with a little sugar and press lightly on their surface to coat it.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then let the cookies cool down on a rack.
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