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Biscotti, Anise (P, TNT)
Source: Food TV web site (Submitted by Rocco DiSpirito)
Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon anise extract (or 5 drops anise oil)
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Sesame seeds (optional, my addition)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, and anise flavoring until well blended. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough.

Divide dough into 2 pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet and press down to 1/2" thickness. sprinkle with sesame seeds and press lightly onto dough.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When the cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each crosswise into 1/2" slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Cooled slices should be lightly toasted.

Poster's Notes:
I have used it several times, it is similar to, but a bit more dense, than my mandlebrot. This recipe is super easy to mix, I do it by hand, saving me from cleaning the mixer. I just have 1 large bowl and the measuring utensils to wash.

I have changed the flavoring in many ways. I've used lemon juice and some grated lemon rind (need a light lemon icing/glaze); vanilla extract with nuts and/or chocolate chips; and vanilla extract with sliced almonds and drained cut maraschino cherries.

Posted by Marcia Emanuele

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A