Almond Anise Seed Biscotti

Continuing on with our month of holiday cookies.  If you missed our subscriber’s bonus recipe for this month (Chocolate Mint Meringues), subscribe to the blog for free to access that recipe and receive a subscriber’s only bonus recipe every month.  Biscotti is often overlooked when it comes to cookies.  But, we think this crunchy cookie that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea should have a place in the holiday baking line-up.  With a hint of licorice from the anise seed, a nutty flavor from almond meal and, (if desired) a drizzling of chocolate, this biscotti is ready to be noticed.

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Mini Orange No-Bake Cheesecake with Gooey Almond Crust

 

Spring has arrived and here in Atlanta, it feels like summer is upon us.  With that in mind, I wanted to create a recipe that was cool and refreshing and wouldn’t use the oven for too long.  If you are a cheesecake lover like I am, I want you to know that a no-bake cheesecake has a very different texture than a regular cheesecake.  The combination of unflavored gelatin and lack of eggs creates a very velvety yet light texture.  One taste tester said it was almost like a mousse or firm custard.  I decided to use a pan by USA Pan Company that makes 6 mini cheesecakes, but I think you could easily use a traditional spring form pan.  I would recommend an 8″ pan to ensure the crust and cheesecake filling are thick enough.  I also decided to go non-traditional with my crust.  Normally I would do some type of graham cracker crust but for this recipe I decided to try out a gooey almond meringue crust and I have to tell you, it has become an absolute favorite!!

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