Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Biscotti are Italian cookies that are baked twice--the first baking actually cooks the dough, while the second baking makes the cookies crisp and dry.
2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (7 oz) sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup (3 3/4 oz) almonds, toasted and chopped coarse
2 tablespoons grated fresh orange zest (optional)
|Toasting the almonds.|
|Nice golden, toasted almonds.|
|Beautiful orange zest & chopped almonds.|
|I used the orange for an air freshener. I sliced it up, added water, and simmered it. You could also add a cinnamon stick or vanilla for a different scent.|
2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 6 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla and almond extract until combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beaters as needed.
3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the almonds and zest (if using) until just incorporated.
4. Press the dough into two 13 by 2-inch loaves on the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 3 inches apart. Bake the loaves until golden and just beginning to crack on top, about 35 minutes (mine was done in 30), rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.
5. Let the loaves cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
6. Transfer the loaves to a cutting board and slice each on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices with a serrated knife. Lay the slices about 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet and bake until crisp and golden brown on both sides, about 15 minutes, flipping the slices over halfway through baking. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving, about 1 hour.
|I planned on dipping the tops in chocolate, but I overheated it and didn't have any more to melt :(|
PISTACHIO BISCOTTI - Omit the almond extract and substitute shelled, unsalted pistachios, toasted and shopped course, for the almonds.
CHOCOLATE CHIP BISCOTTI - Omit the almond extract and substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips for almonds.
LEMON-ANISE BISCOTTI - Omit the almond extract and almonds. Add 1 tablespoon anise seed with the vanilla extract and substitute 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon zest for the orange zest.
|These made great neighbor gifts with a cute packet of hot cocoa.|