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Author Notes: Always cook with heart - Judy Rodgers.
I love to share these. The best part is watching people enjoy the biscotti - bite after bite, and then asking.to take some with them.
Biscotti are one of the easiest cookies to make. This recipe combines ingredients that complement each other - orange zest brings out the aromatics in the vanilla, almond extract coaxes the natural sweetness from the almonds, and cranberries provide the surprise tart balance. Using olive oil and eggs results in a biscotti crust that is crisp but not hard, and a cookie interior that is tender and light. They travel well to family reunions, office drawers, and into a hot cup of tea. —Gin Yang | GinsKitchen.com
Makes about 3 dozen
- 1/4 cup light olive oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 orange (zest finely grated)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 1/4 cups whole almonds, coarsely chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together olive oil and sugar with a wooden spoon. Add almond and vanilla extracts, orange zest, and eggs. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour salt and baking powder; whisk together. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in cranberries and almonds.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Wet hands to prevent sticking and divide dough in half, lifting out the first half. Start to elongate the dough into a log by holding it vertical briefly and then shape the dough into a log about 12 inches long by 2 inches wide on one side of the baking sheet. Rewet hands if necessary and repeat with remaining dough half. Lightly wet fingers to smooth tops of logs.
- Bake in a preheated 350 F degrees oven on the middle rack until the log tops are light brown, about 35 minutes. Halfway through baking, rotate baking sheet front to back. When logs are ready, remove baking sheet from oven and cool logs on baking sheet for 10-15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F. Using a bread knife, cut logs into 3/4 inch pieces (minimize sawing) from the top down. Place pieces cut side down and return to the oven to bake until lightly golden, about 8-10 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and turn pieces to bake the other cut side for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven, let biscotti rest on sheet for 5 minutes and cool completely on wire rack. Keep in an airtight container for one week.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift