Having a "loud and proud" Italian step-family means there's a lot of "to do" surrounding the holiday season. This is usually tripled (or more!) by the fact that my stepdad's birthday falls on the 23rd of December, followed by the Christmas Eve feast, then Christmas brunch and dinner - all at our place! Needless to say, there is a lot of cooking and baking going on that week - not the least being the gifts I make for the family!
Thankfully, because the family is generally open to twists on their traditionally Italian celebrations, while we do have the seafood and vegetarian-only, mostly Italian fare for dinner on the 24th, dessert is a more varied slew of offerings. Pretty much guaranteed is the storebought box of pastries from one of my step-aunts, and my mom usually brings out one of her infamous apple pies baked earlier in the Fall. When it comes to my turn, though, I change it up every holiday. A few years back it was cheesecake, occasionally tarts, but this year it was all about the cookies. And what better cookie to bring to Christmas with the Italians than biscotti?
So as not to be overly predictable, I took a slightly more exotic twist on the Italian classic. A mixture of whole wheat and coconut flour formed the base, and extra coconut flavour found its way in through coconut extract and coconut butter (you could also use the richly flavoured Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil*). I added a touch of texture to the crisp, crumbly dough with the bitterness of cacao nibs and creaminess of toasted pistachios. All without eggs! Who knew you could get such decadence in a long-lasting, well travelling format? It's perfect for one of the 12 Weeks of Xmas Treats, or anytime you need a dunker for your coffee!
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Cacao Coconut Pistachio BiscottiMakes 12
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup coconut flour½ cup sugar
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda