With an electric mixer, cream the sugar and lard well in a large bowl. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and brandy. Add the anise seeds. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the flour mixture into the lard mixture and knead for a few minutes (by machine or by hand). Add a little water if necessary to make a soft dough.
Divide the dough in half. Roll the dough into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in plastic and refrigerate till firm.