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Holly Jolly Biscotti

Ingredients:

Combining the decadent, but nutritious ingredients of citrus, pecans, olive oil, and dark chocolate, Holly Jolly Biscotti makes a great holiday gift or treat and will complement any holiday spread.

Wise nutritional choices play an important role in overall health, including fighting cancer. Holly Jolly Biscotti uses healthful ingredients: Olive oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids; orange juice and pecans deliver high levels of antioxidants; orange zest provides folate, fiber, and Vitamin C; whole wheat flour contains calcium, iron, and fiber, important for general health. Eat right and be merry!

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, olive oil, orange juice, and vanilla until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, and salt. Add dry mix slowly to wet ingredients until mixture forms a ball. Turn out dough mixture onto a well-floured surface and knead a few times. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips in alternating batches until evenly distributed.

Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a log about 9 inches long, then press flat until it is about half an inch tall and 3 inches wide. Transfer logs to baking sheets and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on wire racks for 20 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, slice each log on the diagonal into ½ inch pieces. Return to oven and bake on each side for about 10 minutes (approx. total of 20 minutes). Slices should be golden brown. Remove from oven to cool.

Yield: 24 to 26 biscotti