My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that I think is the perfect cookie companion along with a few fun facts about the cookie and/or ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Before I begin, let me first say a giant THANK YOU to Arlee Bird the mastermind behind this challenge! Thanks Arlee, you are A-OKAY on my list!
Anise Cookie Crisps
Anise has been around since early times. Romans used the spice in a mustaceum cake to aid in digestion after a heavy meal. How perfect to have to eat dessert after a meal for digestive purposes. You can read more about the health benefits of anise here. In 52 B.C. a Roman traveler brought anise seeds to France. In the 9th century the Benedictine Abbey of Sainte Pieirre began coating the seeds in sugar which some believe is the origin of the anise mints still available today.
Book Buddy – Anni's Attic by Anne Loader McGee
In 1861, as the American Civil War escalates, eleven-year old Jennine is reluctantly taken by her father to live in Savannah, Georgia, with the twelve-year old cousin she despises- Annise Loreal Bouvoir. While awaiting the return of her father from his covert Northern military duties, Jennine and Annise soon find themselves caught up in the family's espionage and Underground Railroad activities. As Jennine comes to love and admire her independent and fearless cousin she also re-examines her arrogant attitude toward Negro slaves, in particular the handsome mulatto boy who works in the family's cotton plantation. For more than three years, as the horror and deprivations of the war continue, the two cousins find comfort and joy in each other's company, and the mysterious treasures of a long-forgotten secret attic.