Chräbeli refer to anise pastry or biscuits; anise seed crescents prepared and served during Christmas time is one of the specialties of the Aargau region of Switzerland. Chräbeli contain a spice called anise which grows in the Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia that makes its very expensive to make, so this anise- flavored cookies are mostly made during Christmas or for very special occassions in Switzerland.

Likewise, Chräbeli are usually part of the selection of traditional cookies that are offered during the Festive Season in the whole of Switzerland. Chräbeli' shape resemble a small claw, hence the name "Chräbeli".

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