1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
6 large eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups diced candied mixed fruit (fruit cake mix) I used the whole container
1 cup sliced almonds
Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 (if your oven runs hot, 325, mine runs cool)
Divide the dough into two even portions. Put each portion on a parchment lined baking sheet. Pat each portion into a log about 12 inches long and about 3 inches wide.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Slice on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place the slices, standing up, on the baking sheet.
Return to oven and bake for another 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Cool on racks. Store in airtight containers.
Makes about 5 dozen biscotti.