Although I hate everything anise, I made these for an elderly, estranged Italian friend of ours when I found out it is his favorite kind of cookie. My husband and son liked them very much, and I actually did not mind the anise flavor after all, maybe because it's very mild. (By the way, I used 1 tsp ground anise instead of the extract since I did not have any, and used more seeds than called for). The thing I had trouble with was the consistency which was very sticky before baking, and crumbly after. I also had to bake it way longer than stated. I've had better luck with other biscotti recipes, but this was worth making at least for the sake of those who like it.
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Although I hate everything anise, I made these for an elderly, estranged Italian friend of...