TWD: Spiced Biscotti

I was sort of disappointed when I saw that this week's Tuesday's With Dorie was Lenox Almond Biscotti selected by Gretchen from Canela & Cominol (you can find the recipe on her site). I always think of biscotti as dry and considerably hard-BUT- I was also a little bit excited because I am absolutely positive that I never would have ever picked this recipe to try out on my own! A part of me knew that there has to be some reason that people like biscotti- some reason that coffee shops always carry the little rock-hard suckers...and... there is! Homemade, fresh biscotti is DELICIOUS! Really! It's like the difference between an old stale store brand chocolate flavored chip cookie and homemade chocolate chunk cookie.

I didn't have almonds so I made a spiced version using 1/2 tsp apple pie spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 vanilla in place of the almond extract. My logs looked great after the first bake and I was able to slice them easily for the second bake.

After they cooled I made an almond glaze using milk, powdered sugar, and a little tiny bit of almond extract. I didn't use any measurements I just kind of eyeballed it- the desired consistency will drip like this off a spoon.

I am very pleased with this recipe and I can't wait to try all the variations that Dorie suggests!

And I will leave you with some pictures of Helen Mae dressed up as a puppy- random- but extremely cute- my husband's not bad either!


Rosie said...

Aww just look at the gorgeous Helen Mae she's such a cutie pie :) Nice pic of your hubby he's so lucky to have you baking all these lovely treats!!

Your Biscotti looks delicious :)

Rosie x

Libby said...

Ok your biscotti are lovely but the baby steals all the thunder!

Mike Spoodles said...

Like you, I never understood biscotti until I made my own this week. It can be really good (when it's not out of some random box). Great post!

pinkstripes said...

I like the glaze and the spice mixture sounds yummy. Your biscotti turned out perfect!

susan said...

Helen Mae is so cute! is that her halloween costume? and oooh, nice biscottis :)

Prudy said...

Oh that baby! I love her name, her sweet little face-oh yes, she trumps the cookies 100 percent. There's nothing in the world so lovely as seeing your husband hold your very own baby.

Barbara said...

Yum, spice with almond glaze! What a sweet family you have, too.