1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup slivered almonds
2 to 3 tablespoons aniseed
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds and aniseed.
Divide dough into thirds; shape into three 10-in. x 3-in. rectangles on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 3/4-in. slices. Place slices cut side down on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 325° for 12-16 minutes or until firm and golden brown, turning once. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over biscotti. Let stand until chocolate is set. Refrigerate in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Makes about 3 dozen.