Cocoa-Almond Biscotti

Yummy Cocoa Biscotti with Almonds!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. I love homemade cookies and pastries of all shapes and flavors. I have a biscotti recipe that I have used for years; I really like these cookies and they usually go over well when I share with others. Unlike some of the commercial brands of biscotti you might have tried, these are not hard enough to break your teeth. They are a bit softer, but they still absorb plenty of coffee (a requirement for me).

Recently though, I adapted this biscotti recipe to include cocoa for a chocolate dough (as opposed to just adding chocolate chips). Here’s the recipe for those who are interested:

Cocoa-Almond Biscotti

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (at high elevations like where I currently live – 8,700 feet ASL, I add an extra 1/2 cup of flour)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (more to taste, if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cream together sugar and shortening. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. I mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients about one cup at a time until everything is well-incorporated. Stir in almonds.

I like to line my baking sheets with silpats or parchment. Form the dough into 4 logs, each about 12″ x 2″ on lined baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until logs look golden and done. Remove logs from oven, wait a minute (this helps them hold their shape just a bit), and then slice into 1″ cookies. Turn each cookie on its side and place pans back in oven. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Cool and enjoy! I love them with a vanilla latte. 😉


A Symptom Of A Larger Problem

The other day, two U.S. Border Patrol agents got shot….

I had a friend who blamed the current U.S. President for selling guns to those cartels. Do you really think it makes a difference WHERE the shooters got the guns? Granted, I don’t think we should sell them guns. But I also believe that they will get guns from other sources, regardless of our actions.

Drugs and human traffic come across our border every day. These two things are really big business. And the truth is that the Border Patrol is just getting in the way of those businesses. These may be illegal businesses that we don’t like at all, but the issue is about businesses and money nonetheless.

What about curbing the businesses themselves? We need to address those who purchase said ‘products’ – i.e. illegal drugs and illegal labor. We need to bust up the market for these goods. We need to address drug abuse and labor abuse. We essentially can’t do anything about the people who ‘own’ the businesses if they are owned/run from other countries, but we can – and should – make it UNprofitable for them to operate in America. And that takes lifestyle choices on all of our parts.

We need to not send guns to other countries, yes. But don’t you think there is a bigger picture that isn’t being addressed, because it would impact all of our daily lives? Maybe you don’t do illegal drugs (and, yes, I include marijuana in that… Never tried it, never will -I couldn’t be bribed for a million dollars to take even one hit of that crap and I’m PROUD to admit that).

But where do your veggies come from, presuming you eat things like strawberries, lettuce, oranges and tomatoes? Can you prove where they are grown, by whom they are picked, etc.? Illegal migrant farm workers are a mainstay of agriculture in this country, whether we like to admit it or not. Our food is cheap(er) because of them. Without them, we might be paying what other people around the world pay for food – or we would *gasp* each have to produce our own food.

I’m sorry to see a Border Patrol agent get killed. It’s horrendous and shouldn’t happen. But it’s a symptom of a much larger problem for North America. And I think that, until we address our lifestyles as Americans, these ‘businesses’ are going to keep on running and we are going to continue to see Border Patrol agents put at risk.