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honeybee.gif (1778 bytes)Here's a great recipe for a traditional treat for gift giving, serving guests or enjoying with your family over the holidays.  Courtesy of Amy Cleary at the National Honey Board.

Honey Almond Biscotti

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons aniseeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dried cranberries or candied cherries
3/4 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350░ F.

Using electric mixer, beat butter; gradually add honey, eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.  In a small bowl, combine flour, aniseeds, cinnamon, baking powder,  salt and baking soda; gradually add to honey mixture, mixing well. Stir in cranberries and almonds.

Shape dough into two 10 x 3 x 1-inch logs on greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven to wire rack; cool 5 minutes.  Reduce oven to 300░F.  Transfer logs to cutting board. Cut each log into 1/2-inch strips; arrange on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until crisp. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 36 cookies.

Nutrition information per serving (1 cookie): calories 121; total fat 4 g; cholesterol 19 mg; sodium 69 mg; total carbohydrate 19 g; dietary fiber 1 g; protein 3 g

Note:   a lovely presentation as a gift is to package some biscotti in a pretty Tupperware« container.  This makes a gift enjoyable now as well as for years to come.





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