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Amaretti Cookies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Amaretti Cookie photoI haven’t found anything to date made with almond extract that I don’t love. These Amaretti cookies which are Italy’s version of a macaroon are a perfect example. Crunchy, gluten free and low in fat, these are the perfect accompaniment to lightly sweetened or macerated fresh fruit or ice cream.

While these can be found in Italian grocery stores, it can be difficult to find them in state side grocery stores. But Amaretti cookies are so easy to make you don’t have to search them out anymore.

There are several ways to make them. I prefer to use almond paste rather than ground almond. No matter how much the almonds are pulverized  in the processor, they will never be as smooth as almond paste with its distinctive bitter almond flavoring. Do not use marzipan. While almond paste is an ingredient in marzipan, it is not pure almond paste.  My store carries an eight ounce package which is perfect for this recipe. Continue reading

Chocolate Spice Olive Oil Biscotti

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Finished PhotoChocolate Spice Olive Oil Biscotti cookies are an Italian specialty cookie that is a very  exciting recipe for me.  I love the combination of chocolate and spice and chocolate and heat which I combined here.  I first became acquainted with the spice combination from a cookie my mother made for Christmas, Honey Diamonds.  They contained no shortening and were soft and rolled in vanilla sugar.  I could easily eat the whole batch if allowed to. I have never forgotten the flavor and it is comfort food of the highest order for me.  I used the same spices for this biscotti plus a bit of cayenne for a marvelous warm finish.

Biscotti are twice baked cookies and come to us from Italy.  They are not too sweet and are simply addictive.  To make things better they are really easy to make. When we were shooting the photos for this blog, I looked at the number of ingredients in little bowls and almost panicked.  But then I realized you don’t have to put them in all these little bowls, so it isn’t nearly as bad as it looks!  The number of ingredients didn’t bother me, just the number of bowls.  This stretched my tiny bowl collection to the max. Continue reading