Makes 36 biscotti

Biscotti, the “twice baked” treat from Italy can be made in an infinite number of flavors. They are very easy to make, keep well and make great little gifts from your kitchen.

3 large eggs, separated
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup melted butter, cooled
1 cup lightly toasted, coarsely chopped almonds
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange flavor liqueur
1/8 cup chopped, candied orange peel or 3 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar until light and sugar is dissolved. Stir in the melted butter, nuts, Grand Marnier and candied orange. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until they just begin to form peeks and gradually beat in remaining 3/4 cup sugar until whites form stiff peaks.

Sift flour and baking powder together and alternately fold 1/3 of flour and egg white mixtures into yolks until well combined. Dough will be firm and slightly sticky. If dough is too soft, add more flour. With floured hands, divide dough into two logs approximately 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange logs on a buttered or parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until logs are lightly brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let logs cool on baking pan on a rack for 10 minutes. On a cutting board, cut logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2 inch widths. Arrange biscotti cut side down on baking pan and bake for 5-7 minutes on each side or until biscotti are very lightly browned and crisp. Cool on racks and store air-tight.