If you are looking for a little nugget of goodness to dunk into your morning or afternoon tea, these little Anise Tea Biscuit Sablés (shortbread cookies) are easy to make and are definitely healthy as they contain Spelt and Kamut flours and a very reasonable amount of sugar. A sablé is a traditional cookie that originates from Sablé-sur-Sarthe in the Loire region of France.
I love the flavor of “anis” (Anise Seed), which is actually distinct from licorice, which tastes similar. I used 1 tbsp in my original recipe of these little seeds but realized after that more would have been better, which is why the recipe below has 2 yummy tbsp full of them which will make your cookies even better than mine.
Once again, I’ve swapped out the white flour for some more hearty and nutritionally interesting ones. We’re using both regular and “petit épautre” (spelt) flours, and Organic Kamut Flour. And for a little splash of something original, I added some “eau de fleur d’oranger” (Orange Blossom Water). Don’t worry, the Anise Seed still have the upper hand and you will taste them over the Orange Blossom Water.
Isn’t the little capsule of Anise Seed just so lovely!?
Once you make your dough, (use your hands to knead it together) it will all form into a ball like so:
Roll the dough into little balls, and then press twice with a fork, as if you were making peanut butter cookies. Obviously no one in France has made peanut butter cookies because Mr. Intrigued asked if I used a special press to make such a pretty design. Nope! Just a good old fork will do it!
And once baked these little lovelies pair oh so well dunked in a a hot beverage of your choice.