My mother decided she wanted to make Christmas cookies, like the Italian ones my grandmother used to bake. In the recipe box, we found three different versions each with a slight variation. 3/4 cup sugar... 1/2 cup sugar... 4 cups flour... maybe 4 1/2... 1 teaspoon anise, or perhaps 2. Whatever it was that came out of the oven was beyond fail. Not sweet, couldn't even find a hint of anise flavoring, and very dry. So sad. And instead of maybe we can try again next weekend, my mother said, "Better luck next year."