Monday, February 6, 2012

Cookies Make You Stronger

A little treat came in the mail today with an important message I must share with all of you. . .

Cookies make you stronger.  (Jillian Michaels might disagree, but we're not on speaking terms since I starting skipping dumbbell reps on the 30 day shred. . .this is pre-surgery, of course.)

For all of you who don't have an Aunt Lin and Uncle Clay to send you magical (deliciously good) cookies to increase your strength, try this super easy biscotti recipe.  I have actually used it twice now and I love it.  

This is from Real Simple 2011 December issue.

Almond Biscotti
(recipe says it makes 60, I get about half that. . .it's my fault, somehow, I know)
Hands on Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (don't let this freak you out, I mean, I did it).
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt 
(I mean how can you mess this up)
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar (shhhh, don't tell)
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup sliced almonds

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

2.  Using an electric green mixer (ok, color is up to you), beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes).  Beat in almond extract.
3.  Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing by hand until just combined (do not over mix).  Fold in the almonds.
4.  Shape the dough into two 2-by-10-inch logs and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake until golden and firm (25-30 minutes).

5.  When the logs are cool enough to handle, using a serrated knife, slice each log into 3/8 inch thick slices (I actually winged this part- 3/8 inch??  How big is that??).  Place the slices cut-side down on baking sheet (may take two if you get the 3/8 inch correct).
6.  Bake, rotating the baking sheets (if you used two) and turning the biscotti over halfway through, until dry and firm, 8-10minutes.  Let cool completely on baking sheet.


7.  Once cool, melt some left-over chocolates from husband or any holiday in a make shift double boiler (pot simmering with water and pyrex glass bowl on top works).  Drizzle on biscotti or dip horizontally or vertically-the options are limitless!!
8.  Serve with a black tea, like English Breakfast or chai. . .mmmm.  (Ok, I guess if you like coffee I give you permission to serve with a cup of joe.)

Nutrition (without any of Lauren's bonuses)
Serving Size:  1 cookie (but you won't stop there)
Calories 44; Fat 1g; Sat Fat 0g; Cholesterol 7mg; Sodium 34mg; Protein 1g; Carb 7g; Sugar 3gm; Calcium 8mg

Picture by Victor Schrager

Ok, I must go eat more cookies to keep up my strength!

Happy Monday to you all!


  1. This looks wonderful Lauren! Thanks so much for sharing! Can you guess what I'll be baking tonight?!!! :0) May the Lord continue to build your strength through such delicious ways!!!


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