Almond Joy Biscotti

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Every year, my entire extended family would take a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for the weekend.  We would spend our days lounging at the pool, flying down water slides, and dancing in the sun.  All 20 of us would stay in a big cabin and wake up to the smell of my grandma’s cinnamon rolls.  Everyone would bring enough food for their families  and it was easy to tell who brought what.  The most telling, however, was my grandpa, who would always bring a big box of Nonni’s biscotti.  I always thought it was funny how, in a family of bakers (my grandparents owned a German bakery), we could hold these biscotti so near and dear to our hearts.  But then I take a bite of one and remember why!

However, for the Easter, I decided to fill my grandparent’s baskets with homemade biscotti!  I have to warn you, though, this recipe doesn’t actually taste like an Almond Joy, it just has all the main components.  It does bring you joy, though.

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Almond Joy Biscotti, adapted from this blog

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 C packed light brown sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C roughly cut almonds
  • 1/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixer, beat butter for 30 seconds.  Add brown sugar and mix until creamy.  Add baking powder and salt,  mix well.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each egg, add vanilla.  Lower mixer speed and add as much flour as you can (you will probably have to hand mix in about 1/4 C).  Stir in almonds, coconut, and chocolate.

Transfer biscotti dough to floured surface and divide into two portions.  Make each portion into a log, and three inches wide.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until just starting to brown.  Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325.

Slice each log into little biscotti pieces (you can cut these however you like, I personally made mine much smaller than traditional biscotti because I wanted to fit them in a tin.)  However you slice them make sure they are relatively the same width.

Place the slices onto a baking sheet, laying them on their sides.  Bake for ten minutes, and then flip each piece.  Bake for an additional ten.

Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite childhood treat?

-Ashlyn

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