Make tea: Add 2 tablespoons Anise seeds and 1 Cinnamon stick broken into pieces to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, steep until cool, and strain. Measure 1 ½ cups and discard the rest.
Prepare sugar coating: Grind fresh Cinnamon sticks so that the result is coarser than store bought ground Cinnamon. Mix with sugar and additional store bought ground Cinnamon to taste.
Blend 3 pounds regular Crisco with 1 ½ cup sugar. Add 1 ½ cup tea. Gradually add 5 pounds of flour. Knead until dough holds together. Shape into small cookies using a cookie press or by hand.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom.
While cookies are still hot, roll in the sugar
I can't believe I've never heard or seen these cookies before. Sounds yummy!