3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surfaces
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon gray salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup crystal sugar plus more to roll logs in (see Chef's Note)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs
6 tablespoons anise seeds
1 cup unblanched whole almonds, toasted
*Crystal, or sparkling sugar is large-grained, decorative sugar available in both white and colored versions. It gives the cookies a slightly lighter and moister texture since it has a higher moisture content than granulated sugar. You can substitute turbinado sugar, which is also large grained. It gives a slightly coarser texture. You can also use granulated white sugar with very good results. ;
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