Cook1 hr 10 mins
There's nothing better than a hot cup of joe and a crispy biscotti. Unless, of course, you're enjoying them at a cafe in Italy! :) I was always intimidated to make these, but found them to be a sinch to make and can't wait to try them again.
- Have all ingredients at room temp.
- To toast almonds, heat oven to 300 degrees F, place single layer of almonds on sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes.
- Watch carefully as nuts burn quickly.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa.
- Whisk to combine.
- Add almonds and stir to mix.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and extract at medium speed.
- Add the eggs and beat until smooth- 2 minutes.
- Using a large spoon, stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until just combined.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
- With well floured hands (you will get sticky), shape the dough into a log 13 inches by 2 1/2 inches wide.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Transfer the log to the paper.
- Gently flattern and reshape the log to 14 inches by 3 inches and 3/4 inches high.
- Bake the log until it is dry and slightly firm to the touch- about 30-35 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven to a cooling rack.
- Reduce oven temp to 275.
- Allow the log to cool for 15 minutes.
- Carefully place log onto cutting surface and peel away parchment and put paper back on sheet.
- With a serrated knife,'saw' the log into 3/4 inch slices- about 18.
- Place the slices cut side down onto baking sheet.
- Bake until dry and crisp 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely- 1 1/2 hours.
- They will continue to harden as they cool.
- They will store in an airtight container for one week.
- Optional: Drizzle thin streams of melted chocolate onto one end of the cookies.
- Mandatory: Dip prepared cookie into steaming hot coffee and enjoy!