Almond Lemon and Anise Biscotti

"These biscotti are very easy to make, even for a novice. A couple of them broke while I was slicing them for the second baking and they tasted darn good only after first! From "Williams-Sonoma Italian Favorites.""
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
36 cookies




  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, lemon zest, aniseeds, baking powder, vanilla and salt.
  • Whisk to blend.
  • Add the flour and almonds and stir until a dough forms.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 turns.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • Form each half into a log 2 inches in diameter.
  • Carefully transfer the logs to an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them well apart, and pat to even the shapes.
  • Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar.
  • Bake until firm to the touch, about 30 minutes (the logs will spread during baking.).
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  • Leave the oven set at 350 degrees F.
  • Using a spatula, carefully transfer the logs to a work surface.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut crosswise into slices 1/2" thick.
  • Arrange the slices cut side down on the baking sheet.
  • Return to the oven and bake until brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. KWB5015
    I omitted the almonds and they were still really good. I had to tinker around with cooking temps to get the results I was after, but eventually succeeded. I didn't keep track of how I tinkered, but just want to encourage you to keep an eye on them so they don't get scorched.
  2. Lille
    I used grapeseed oil as the vegetable oil. I think the addition of lemon oil or extract or fiori di sicilia flavouring would enhance the lemon flavour. The anise flavour is very nice.


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