finely chopped almonds
I ground the anise in a coffee bean grinder and the almonds in a blender.
In a bowl cream the butter and add the eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl mix dry ingredients plus the chopped nuts.
Combine both mixtures. Roll into 2 balls and shape into long skinny loaves. Round off ends. You can make 4 balls and make smaller loaves.
Place the loaves on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Take the cookie sheets out and with a bread knife slice into 3/4 inch cookies. Turn them on their sides and bake for an additional 10 minutes or till golden brown.