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Crunchy, nutty, and sweet, these Skinny Almond Biscotti are the perfect treat!
After living in Italy for a few months, I feel like I know a little something Italian food. Fresh, clean flavors. Pasta with every meal. Pizza topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil. And sweets. Boy I love sweets =)
Down the road from our house (less than a 5 minute walk) lies a little pastry shop. You walk in and there are these large glass display cases that surround the room filled with pastry creations. You see tiny chocolate cookies, marscapone stuffed cannolis, fresh fruit tarts, and the classic biscotti (which of course is my inspiration for today!)
I have always been a lover of biscotti and that love intensified when I got to go to Italy and have it made by the masters themselves. They just seem so perfect as you drink a cup of coffee or tea and take a moment just to be. Plus I love how there are so many flavors! Today I’m whipping up a lightened up “skinny” version to pair with a mid-afternoon coffee break!
Coffee. That’s another delicacy. Why is it that sitting down and having a cup of coffee is such a pleasurable experience? When in Italy, I do as the Italians. Cappuccino with a little brown sugar. When I’m in the States, it has to be coffee and a great creamer. One creamer I really enjoy is International Delight Simply Pure. I love how it is made with just five ingredients including real milk, cream, and sugar. The taste is incredible and comes in Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Caramel flavors. It really spruces up my daily cup of joe! I found Simply Pure at my local Walmart. Here’s a pic of where it was in the store!
So let’s talk about how to make this recipe. First you combine the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl and set it aside. Next, you beat the oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Gradually add in the flour and almonds until the dough is stiff and sticky and looks a bit like this:
Then, you dump out the dough onto a floured piece of parchment paper and shape it into a log like so:
Sprinkle almonds on the top and bake!
After 30 minutes remove the cookie log from the oven and sliced into 1/2″ slices.
Lie the slices flat on the baking sheet and continue to cook them until crispy!
Seriously, why haven’t I made biscotti earlier? It definitely is not as scary as I thought it would be!
Give these Skinny Almond Biscotti a try! Happy Cooking!
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbs vegetable or canola oil
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat oil, sugar, egg, egg whites, and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add in reserved flour mixture, mixing just until fully incorporated (dough will be stiff and sticky). Turn off mixer, add in 1 cup of almonds and gently stir until scattered throughout the dough.
- Tear another piece of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet and lay it flat on the counter. Toss remaining 1/4 cup flour on the parchment evenly. Unroll dough from the bowl onto the floured parchment and shape into a log roughly 1 1/2" tall, 13" long, and 4" wide. Scatter remaining 1/4 cup almonds onto the top of the log and gently press almonds into dough.
- Carefully move dough log onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the cookie log from the oven and slice the log into 1/2" slices. Lie slices flat in a single layer and bake an additional 10 minutes. Turn biscotti over to the other side and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.