2 c flour
1 teas baking powder
1/4 teas baking soda
1/4 teas salt
1 cup sugar
4 tables unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teas vanilla
1/4 teas almond extract (I actually like to use 1/2 teas vanilla and 3/4 teas almond extract)
1 cup almonds, finely chopped
1/3 cup sugar (sugar crystal course)
1 cup dried cherries, slightly chopped
Preheat oven to 350. Place parchment paper on large baking sheet. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Crack and place eggs in a small bowl. Add vanilla and almond extract. In a large bowl, beat softened butter and sugar together with mixer for 3-4 minutes. Beat in eggs with extracts one at a time until well incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrap down sides of bowl as needed.
Reduce the mixer speed to low (very important0 and slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined, about 30 seconds. Stir in chopped almond and chopped cherries and incorporated any remaining flour on sides of bowl.
Using floured hands, split the dough in half. On the parchment paper lined baking sheets, press each half of dough into two logs 12-13 inches long and about 3 inches wide. Place logs about 3″ apart. Sprinkle with course sugar crystals and lightly press into loaf.
Bake until the loaves are golden brown and just beginning to crack on top (about 30 minutes). Rotate the baking sheet halfway through baking.
Remove loaves from oven and place the baking sheet on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Lower oven temp to 325.
Place the loaf on a cutting board and slice each loaf into 3/4″ thick slices using a serrated knife. Lay the slices cut side down about 1/2″ apart on baking sheet.
Bake 12-14 minutes and then turn the slices over and bake another 12-14 min until slices are crisp and golden brown. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare after biscotti has cooled. In a small saucepan, stir 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips with 1 tables shortening until melted.
Dip bottom edge of each cookie into the melted chocolate or drizzle the chocolate over one side of the biscotti. Let stand to set.