At my wedding in 2009, we had a candy buffet, at my sister’s wedding she had a cookie station! It was an idea I gave to her after seeing this several times online and thought it would be a yummy thing to do for the wedding guests (and not be the same as what I did!)
I made four different kinds of cookies, and my aunt made some heart shaped sugar cookies which people could decorate with icing and sprinkles – it went down well!
The first cookie I made was Almond Biscotti…they were served with coffee after the meal and every one told me how delicious they were :D They do end up becoming quite hard after baking, so need the hot drink to soften them up.
You bake the biscotti, not just once, but twice! You might think that they’ll be tricky to cook, but they really aren’t, and I will definitely be experimenting with different flavours in the future. They take a long while to cook – around an hour or so in total – but they are worth the effort!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour25 minutes
300g (10oz) plain flour
200g (7oz) caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
100g (3½oz) whole blanched almonds
Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Grease two baking sheets.
Mix the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
In another bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then add the almonds
Bring everything together into a sticky dough
Divide the dough in half and form into a flat sausage shape about 25cm (10") long by 5cm (2") wide
Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until pale golden - the dough will spread a little
Remove from the oven and slide onto a chopping board and immediately slice into thin pieces about 1cm (½") wide.
Lay the slices back onto the baking sheet and bake for a further 10-15 mins, before turning over and baking for another 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
Store in an airtight container - the biscotti will keep for a couple of weeks