The Mennonites make a traditional cookie called Peppernuts or Pfeffernusse.
They're made with Anise. I happen to like the flavor. Here's another cookie made with Anise Seed.
I also like the Provencal drink called Pastis. It has an Anise base. We drink it in the South of France with a bit of water and ice. It's actually a very refreshing drink in the heat of the summer. We always have a bottle of Pastis on hand.
I could talk about the origin and the uses, but I believe that you either like it or not and I won't be able to talk anyone into it.
Anise Christmas Cookies:
6 eggs, separated
1 C powdered sugar, sifted
1 C flour, sifted
3 tsp anise seeds
In a bowl:
beat yolks until thick and foamy
In a separate bowl:
beat egg whites until stuff
Fold whites into yolks, by hand
Gradually mix in powdered sugar and mix lightly, by hand
Fold in flour and anise seeds by hand
Drop from a teaspoon onto a parchment paper lines baking sheet, about 1" apart
Chill in the refrigerator, over night
Bake at 300 degrees for 12 minutes.
Peace in the Kitchen!