Sweet or savory, soft or crispy, sugared, or with black pepper or anise seeds, taralli are an institution in itself in southern Italy and just about every household has their own version, in fact, each household likely has several versions! These are a specialty of the Puglia region, but also prepared in Sicily and Calabria. The savory kind are used as appetizers, to be enjoyed with antipasti such as cubed cheese, salami or olives. The sweet version, such as these, are enjoyed with a cup of espresso for breakfast or afternoon snack to tie one over until dinner.
This recipe yields anywhere from 32 to about 38 cookies, depending on the size and thickness of the rings. These are dairy free, as there is no butter in them, so perfect for anyone on a dairy-restricted diet. A sweet or sparkly white wine such as a Spumante from Asti will pair nicely with these little taralli.
Anise Wine Rings
Yields 32 - 38 Cookies
3½ cups flour + more for shaping
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons anise seeds (or more, depending in preference)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar + extra for dusting
½ cup light tasting olive oil
1 cup dry or sweet white wine
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