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People love cookies.   And they really seem to love dunking cookies in coffee, tea or milk at The Pearl.   Over the last few years, I have added biscottis to a second cookie jar.   They have very little butter and are low in calories.   I found this recipe in one of the Moosewood Restaurant Cookbooks.   They have listed the calorie count at 127 calories per cookie.   They are not a sweet cookie and can be very addicting.

You can toast almonds in a 350 deg oven for 5-10 min.

Almond Biscotti

Preheat oven to 350 deg.   Lightly oil a baking sheet or use Silpat or parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer or whisk, cream together:
    ¼ cup butter, room temperature
    ¾ cup sugar

Add to cream mixture:
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ½ tsp almond extract
    2 tsp grated orange peel

Fold in:
    ½ cup chopped toasted almonds

In a separate bowl, combine:
    2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
    1 ½ tsp baking powder
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    ¼ tsp salt

Fold the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and press together to form an approx 12 x 3 inch log shape.  

Press down on log to flatten into an inch thickness.

Bake on the top rack of a 350 deg oven for 20 min until slightly brown. Slide log onto cutting board.   When cool, slice crosswise into ¾ inch pieces.   Lay each biscotti cut side up on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 min on each side, using tongs to flop cookie over.   Cool and enjoy.

  – Mary

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