I made these as gifts for Christmas. (I baked them fully & will wrap each individual one in Saran Wrap, then tinfoil, then I will put in a ziploc, seal it most of the way up & suck the air out with a straw before freezing, in case anyone was wondering how to store biscotti for Christmas.) I thought these were FANTASTIC and I absolutely despise licorice (which is anise flavored). These have a very mild anise flavor, BUT I didn't have anise seed. I read at cooks.com that both caraway seed and fennel seed can be subbed for anise seed, so I chose caraway because fennel seeds are huge and green. The caraway is good but not everyone is going to like it because caraway is so distinctively associated with savory goods. Fennel might've been the better sub, but hey, anyone doesn't like them can just give them right back to me. I will glaze them before I re-package them as gifts; freezing them glazed will result in a dull gloss and possibly a sticky thaw. Thanks for the recipe -- I halved it but wished I'd made the whole thing!
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I made these as gifts for Christmas. (I baked them fully & will wrap each individual one in...