Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gotta love the twiced baked cookie: Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

Who doesn't love a good biscotti? They store longer than the average cookie and are oh so good dunked in a hot cup of your fave beverage. I am a huge cookie fan, and I'm always in search of the best chocolate chip far my fave has been the addition of brown butter but I'll get to that another time! At the bookstore a couple weeks ago I came across a cookbook by Ellie Krieger host of the food network show Healthy Appetite. As a registered dietitian she does a take on foods you a healthier way. Now who wouldn't want that!? Try it for yourself...

Adapted from: The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti
2 1/2 cups nutri blend flour by Robin hood (white flour and wheat bran)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 canola oil
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried tart cherries, finely chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped

1.Preheat oven to 350.
2.Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl beat sugar, eggs, oil, orange zest and vanilla until well combined.
3.Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add in cherries, almonds and chocolate.
4.Shape into a log 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. Bake for 25 min. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
5.Using a serrated knife cut log on a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on baking sheet cut side down, bake for 10 min then turn cookies over and bake another 5-10 min until golden.

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