Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
9.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (such as Hershey's)
3/4 cup unsalted almonds
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, flaxseed, soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine sugars, egg whites, and egg in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Add vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir until combined. Fold in chocolate and almonds. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 6-inch-long roll. Arrange rolls 3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pat to a 1-inch thickness. Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until firm.
Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut rolls diagonally into 30 (1/2-inch) slices. Place, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325°; bake 7 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake 7 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool on wire rack.
Category Finalist: Desserts. "Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants." —Linda Rogers, Manistee, Mich.
I often bake biscotti, but this one is only so-so. It needs more flavor, and when I try it again, I'll add some almond extract and/or almond liqueur. The idea of dried cherries is a terrific one, as that might add a bit of bright flavor. The whole wheat/flax gives a grainy texture which I actually like, and it's not too sweet. With most cookie recipes, I cut in whole wheat flour and reduce the sugar, but this one is just right for those who don't like a super sweet cookie.
I love this recipe! I appreciate that it uses whole wheat flour and flaxseed, and no butter or oil. It's a healthier snack to have with my evening decaf coffee. One tip is to shape the dough so that it's only about 3-4 inches wide. I had wider "loaves," and when I cut at a diagonal, some of the biscotti were too long.
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