Tozzetti alle mandorle

Tozzetti, cantucci or cantuccini are twice baked hard almond biscuits. The biscuits are oblong-shaped made hard and crunchy through cutting the loaf while still warm and fresh from baking in the oven. The name biscotto comes from bis-cotto ie. cooked twice. They are usually served with a dessert wine Vinsanto but they go well with a good Passito or Malvasia.

After the recipe ingredients there’s a link to La pasticceria di Chico where I got the recipe years ago. There’s a video and English “subtitles”.

prep time 15 min     cook time 25 min + 10 min
ingredients for 50/60 biscuits
  • 125g butter, room temperature
  • 200g sugar  Edit: I’d use less, max 175-180 g
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5g salt
  • grated zest of half a lemon (biological)
  • dash of vanillin
  • 15g aniseed ( I used 8g which was enough for me)
  • 200g raw almonds ( I used half almonds half hazelnuts)
  • 500g flour
  • 15g baking powder 


Coconut cookies

These must be the easiest cookies in the world to make. And if you like coconut, you’ll love these!

prep time 5 min     cook time 5 min + 5-7 min in the oven
ingredients for 35 cookies
  • 250 g shredded coconut
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 225 C.

2. Mix egg whites, sugar and coconut in a small pan. Keep stirring at low heat for 5-6 min. Let cool for a minute.

3. Form balls with two teaspoons and drop on a baking tray lined with baking sheet keeping them about 5 cm apart from each other.

4. Bake in the middle of the oven for 5-7 minutes until golden on the edge. The cookies will have a soft chewy center.

5. Cool them on a rack. After cooling you can store them in an airtight container.


Cranberry oatmeal cookies

I used to make plain delicious oatmeal cookies but this year I wanted to give them a twist adding cranberries. And it paid off! These old fashioned style oatmeal cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy inside. Easy to make and bake.

prep time 5 min     cook time 8-10 min
ingredients for 25 cookies
  • 100 g butter
  • 1,5 dl sugar
  • 2 dl oatmeal
  • 1,5 dl flour
  • 1 dl dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Melt butter. Mix dry ingredients and add to melted butter.

3. Add the egg and mix the batter.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons and place on a cookie sheet spacing them about 5 cm apart.

5. Bake for 8-10 min until the cookies are lightly browned. Let them cool for a few minutes before placing them on your serving tray.