My mom made tea cake cookies that were pale, puffy, about 4-5 inches across with a light, cake-like interior, gently scented with anise. They were barely sweet, and I adored them. They had a slight chew, and the edges were not as soft as the interior.
Sadly, well before her death, she had lost the recipe. I have googled so much, only to be disappointed.
Do you know of a tea cake or very large cookie that sounds like the one I describe?