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Anise Almond Biscotti

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This picture says it all…

This picture defines one of my favorite things to do…

This picture says exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend…

Me + a fresh cup o joe + homemade biscotti = relaxation!

Wanna join me? You. Me. Coffee. Biscotti. Relaxation.

It’ll be fun! Are you in?

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I have no idea where or how I got this recipe, but gosh dang it I’m so glad I have it.

Anise is a classic flavor for biscotti. It’s one of those flavors that you either love or hate.

It has sort of a black licorice flavor. Lucky for me, I just happen to love black licorice.

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Its good. Its delicious. To me… Its perfect.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I used a silpat and that worked great.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat until creamy. Add in brandy, anise, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture. Gently stir in almonds.

Form dough into large ball and cut in half. Form two 2×13 inch logs on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool completely.

Reduce the oven temp to 300 degrees.

Slice the biscotti with a serrated knife at the diagonal about 1 inch thick.

Bake for 10 minutes, rotate once, then bake for another 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and enjoy!

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Question of the Day?

What’s your favorite way to relax? For me, I take advantage of any form of quiet time to relax 🙂 If it involves coffee & biscotti, that’s even better!

23 Responses

  1. The Paris Food Blague said on January 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    biscotti literally means twice-cooked.i love that!

    a bientot!
    -The Paris Food Blague

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I love anise and I love it in biscotti. My sister makes an amazing batch with it. I’ll have to pass this on to her. You know, so she can bake them for me. 🙂

    It’s sort of weird, but I find it super relaxing to spend an afternoon browsing and reading with a cup of coffee at Barnes & Nobel

  3. Heather @ Side of Sneakers said on January 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This recipe sounds so good. I always think biscotti looks good actually, but I’ve yet to eat any I like- I wish I did like it!!

  4. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place said on January 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Your coffee cup is so beautiful!!! I love it!

    My favorite way to relax is with a latte + bubble bath + amazing homecooked meal + blogs!!

  5. Lisa said on January 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Cute blog! And I love biscottis 🙂 Especially those with an almond flavor. That is what gave me my inspiration to creat Raw Almond Cookies!

  6. Beth at DiningAndDishing said on January 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    that biscotti looks so cute basking in the sunlight :). i’d like to do that right now!

  7. Kelly said on January 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite way to relax is reading. I love to curl up with a good book…I can be lost for hours in a good read!

  8. Angie said on January 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. Love anise biscotti – I’ve never made it though.

    My favorite way to relax is a hot bath and I love taking a nap when I have the chance.

    Have a great weekend, Estela!

  9. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    biscotti is one of the only things i’ve baked from scratch in the last twenty or so years. so satisfying!

  10. Nicole said on January 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Biscotti is growing on me! Yours looks delicious!

    I love to go on a run, blog, and snuggle to relax! Probably in that order with a shower thrown in there!

  11. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) said on January 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Gorgeous pics.. what a fabulous way to start your day 🙂

  12. Ameena said on January 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Looks SO great! My favorite thing to do is to go to the gym or read a book. Definitely love to relax!!

  13. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said on January 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    That would go great with the cup of coffee I’m drinking right now!
    My favorite way to relax is either by taking a walk or reading a good book . . . or maybe both at the same time! 🙂

  14. katie said on January 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    girl that looks great! LOVE it w. coffee..perfect combo!
    fav way to relax? hot bath or pray!

  15. Jenn (j3nn.net) said on January 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I love biscotti, it’s so tasty and comforting. Aaah, just the scent is soothing.

    One of my favorite ways to relax is a shower (or bath), massage from hubs, and fresh clean sheets on the bed.

    Jenn

  16. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] said on January 24, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I like your blog layout…a lot. Great job!

  17. Chef Aimee said on January 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Biscotti with coffee is a must, and this recipe looks wonderful! I always forget how easy biscotti is to make.

  18. Jessica @ How Sweet said on January 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I have never made biscotti!! I like it, but have never attempted to make it. It is soooo good dunked in a warm drink – hot chocolate for me! 🙂

  19. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on January 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I love biscotti dipped in coffee too! YUM!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on January 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    my favorite way to relax is to do some yoga or a workout then cuddle up in front of the TV with my sweetie & the pups 🙂 pretty generic, but works every time!

  21. Nicole said on January 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Yes! Love the vegan fig muffins! I gave some to our friends last night and she doesn’t like figs. I got rave reviews this morning! Next time I think I’ll do 1/2 cup more applesauce and 1/2 cup less oil and all walnuts or pecans. We’ll see! Regardless, I am soooo making them again! I will be looking forward to breakfast every morning this week for sure! : )

  22. Naomi (onefitfoodie) said on January 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

    looks so good! I am so scared for some reason to make biscotti! it feels like it would be a really hard recipe to follow btu you store faith in me to make it 🙂

  23. Bryan said on January 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I will! I so like it, that’s one of my faves! Even how busy I could get, I still have time to make one of those. They are really my pacifier.