I have been making homemade treats to fill my family's Easter baskets for a long time. My goodies have become a staple of every Davis holiday - making it into nearly every Christmas stocking, Valentine's Day bag and Easter basket. This Easter is no exception. I used to be quite secretive about my homemade treats but becoming a food blogger has hindered my ability to surprise my family with my homemade creations. Even though there's less of an element of surprise, no one has expressed any disappointment over receiving "blogged" treats.
I took my cue for this recipe from that jar of coffee shop biscotti that always looks so irresistible sitting on the counter next to the register. I can't tell you how many times I've bought one of those delectable looking, chocolate drizzled cookies only to be extremely disappointed in both the taste and the texture. This is one of my very favorite biscotti recipes and it wasn't until my most recent trip to the coffee shop that I figured out how to make it even better - dip the bottom in creamy dark chocolate and add a drizzle to the top. Voila! - biscotti that looks just as good as coffee shop biscotti but tastes a thousand times better.
1 ¾ cups flour
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon salt
Turn out on to floured surface and knead 7-8 times. Divide dough into 3 equal portions and shape each into a 6” log. Place rolls 6” apart on baking sheet and pat to 1” thickness. Bake 25 minutes at 375.
I decided to dress up my biscotti for Easter so I brought out the finest dark chocolate that I had in the pantry to adorn this crunchy little cookies. I melted the chocolate in a shallow dish so that I could dip the bottoms in the bittersweet chocolate.
I dipped the bottom of each biscotti into the melted chocolate and then put them on waxed paper to dry.
I drizzled the leftover chocolate over the tops of the cookies.
I can hardly wait until tomorrow morning to sit down and enjoy my dark chocolate dipped almond biscotti with a steaming cup of hot tea. Ahhh ... I can smell the sweet aroma of biscotti and tea already.
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