I do not think you can ever have too many cookies for the holidays. Adding a variety to your cookie platter is one of the best things you can do. When I was little, I used to help my mom bake at least 5 different cookies each year just in time for the holidays. Anything from the classic Italian pizzelles to a chocolate chip recipe from my Aunt. The one type of cookie that was usually missing from our platter were biscotti. Biscotti, which literally means “cookies” in Italian, are a long shaped cookie that is made to be dry and crunchy–perfect treat with a warm beverage. If you aren’t a fan of the hard texture a simple dunk will soften and release more flavours in each bite. These cookies are baked two separate times to give it that crunchy taste without feeling over baked. The word “biscotti” originates from the Latin word biscoctus, meaning “twice-cooked/baked.”
For this recipe, I really wanted to have a french vanilla flavour that would compliment any black tea. You will notice that I used Vega One French Vanilla planted-based protein powderwhich was a great option for a flavour boost and made it a guilt free treat. Also, with the protein powder, the biscotti turned out to be a lovely green colour which is perfect for Christmas! The new Vega One will be available the beginning of next year and trust me–it is worth the short wait. It is similar to the current Vega One as it is still gluten free and no added sugar but it has been improved for the better. It now has 33% more protein, 2x more greens and still made from real whole food ingredients. Their all-in-one nutritional shake packets are perfect for on the go shakes and smoothie, however, I am finding that I love using them as an easy health add in for delicious recipes like this biscotti one. Plus, the french vanilla one smells incredible!
If you are not wanting to use Vega or any protein powder for that matter, you can simply substitute it in the recipe by using 3 cups of flour instead of 2 1/2 cups and add a bit more pure vanilla extract to your liking as the french vanilla taste won’t be as evident without Vega One. One other difference is that your biscotti will not be green like you’ll notice from my photos as that was due to the protein powder.
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “China Black”, “Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume”, and “Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas”. We have added a link to the end of each one to … Continue reading
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