Today, the weather was rather icky and wet. Even though I don't spend tons of time outside with the little ones, I hate it when I don't even have the option. But Deacon and I decided to have some of our own fun in the kitchen. I don't often bake sweets because they are too hard to resist. But I love this recipe for whole wheat biscotti. The ingredients are things I always have in the house and they don't make a big mess. Plus, unlike traditional cookies, just one leaves you completely satisfied. I found this recipe on a cooking website, but I'll just post it here with my own changes.
Whole Wheat Biscotti
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. almond extract - or you can use more vanilla if you don't have it, but I think the almond tastes better.
*optional- cinnamon sugar, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and/or nuts
Heat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients (reserving cinnamon sugar), mix well (with your hands). In a 9x13" greased pan or cookie sheet, form a big flat log. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top (if using). Bake for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Slice 3/4" intervals. Cook in oven for 10 min on its side. Turn it to the other side and bake another 10 minutes. Cool completely and store in airtight container or ziplock bag. It should be good for a week or two.
If you really want it to look pretty, you can drizzle melted chocolate on the top after they've cooled. It was too much work for me today so I just baked it with chocolate chips.
You'll love the way your house smells like vanilla and almond after baking these!