Recipe: Classic Orange-Almond Biscotti

A crispy sweet treat

Recipe: Classic Orange-Almond Biscotti

When it comes to a sweet treat, these crispy Italian cookies will please. Store them in an airtight container for up to a month.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 large egg
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sugar substitute
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for handling the dough
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons grated orange zest (from 1 large orange)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the almonds in a small pan and toast for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until nicely browned. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg, egg substitute, sugar, sugar substitute, vanilla, and almond extract until the mixture lightens and begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt over the egg mixture. Add the almonds and orange zest. Fold to incorporate until just combined. The dough should be somewhat sticky.
  4. Drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet by large spoonfuls, forming two rows. Using floured hands, form each row into a log with a slightly rounded top.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, turning the baking sheet once, until the tops begin to crack and the logs feel solid. Remove the logs from the pan and cool for 10 minutes on a rack. (Leave the oven on.)
  6. Place the logs on a cutting board and slice on the diagonal into 1/2-inch cookies. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes to ensure crispness. Transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition information

Makes about 3 dozen biscotti (36 servings)

Each biscotti contains:

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Calories 50
Total fat 1.5g
Protein 2g
Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary fiber 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 40mg
Potassium 35mg

Dietitian’s note: These biscotti have 41 percent fewer calories and 30 percent less fat than traditional almond biscotti.

Source: Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook (© 2007 Broadway Books)

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