Biscotti with Lavender and Orange

Photo: Oxmoor House

Fresh lavender, combined with freshly grated orange rind, gives these crunchy cookies an aromatic appeal that's better than any bakery fare.

Yield: Makes 15 cookies
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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Bake: 55 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh lavender
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. 1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended.
  2. 2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat until blended. Stir in almonds and vanilla.
  3. 3. Using floured hands, shape dough into a 10-inch log on a lightly greased baking sheet, and flatten to 1-inch thickness.
  4. 4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.
  5. 5. Cut log diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices with a serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 20 to 25 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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