Orange Amaretto Biscotti

When we went on our ski trip to New Hampshire, we briefly stopped at my husband's aunt's house on the way.  His Aunt Dawn made the most amazing biscotti - it was cranberry almond.  It was light, soft(ish), and delicious with a glass of tea.

Aunt Dawn sent me her recipe for biscotti.  It had a few eggs and lots of butter in it.  Although I will try to veganize her original cranberry almond recipe (at some point), I knew that I wanted to make orange ones.  I used Dawn's recipe as the base and added some whole wheat pastry flour, flax, and other goodies.

While I used whole wheat pastry flour, you could sub in some organic white flour; it will probably make the cookies a bit lighter.  Even without the different flour, these cookies aren't quite as hard as regular biscotti - you know I hate crunchy cookies.

I took these to book club this week and they passed the test for yumminess.  Not only does the biscotti have a delightful orange flavor, but the orange glaze can brighten up anyone's day.  It's just what we need to get through these next few weeks of winter.

Orange Amaretto Biscotti
2 1/2 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. coconut oil, softened
1 c. coconut sugar
2 T. flax seed, ground
6 T. amaretto (try making your own!)
zest of one orange
juice of 1/2 an orange

Orange Glaze
juice of 1/2 an orange
2 tsp. orange zest
1 c. vegan powdered sugar

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a small cup, combine the flax and amaretto.  Stir and set side for 5-10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut sugar.  Start to add in the other ingredients: coconut oil, flax mixture, zest, and juice.  I used my hands to squish this mixture together.

After everything's combined, make the dough into a shape of a football.  It should be about an inch high.  Bake the biscotti for 35-40 minutes.

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Allow the biscotti to cool for 5 minutes and slice it while it's still warm.  Let it cool.

When you're ready, mix the glaze ingredients; it should be the consistency of Elmer's Glue.  Drizzle it over the cookies.  I like to have a bit of glaze in each bite.  In my opinion, it makes the cookies 100% better.

Enjoy these cookies; I hope they brighten your day!

Cheers,
-Aileen