1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon anise seed
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Beat sugars and butter until well blended. Add anise seed and eggs; blend well. Stir in flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in almonds. Shape dough into two 10 x 1-inch rolls. Place rolls 4 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Flatten each to 2-inch width. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
Cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 6-10 minutes or until bottom begins to brown. Turn and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely.
Store in tightly covered container for up to one month. The anise flavor gets stronger with time.