Cantucci is a cookie we make often and we also give it away for the holidays to our loved ones. Cantucci can be dipped into chocolate, coffee or Vin Santo.
3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 cups roasted almonds, chopped
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.. Toast almonds in oven for 20 minutes.
Mix flour, sugar, eggs, zest of orange and lemon, baking powder, and vanilla together. Knead slowly until the mixture becomes a firm ball.
Slowly knead the almonds into the firm dough until completely dispersed throughout. Cut into smaller pieces of the dough and roll into the shape of “fat pici”.
(Pici are a thick noodle common to Tuscany.)
Place strips of dough onto oiled baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg wash. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven. Slice the cantucci with a bias cut. Cool and store. This will be a somewhat soft cookie.
Option: Place cantucci back in the oven with the cut side up for 10 additional minutes. Cool completely. This will be a very firm cookie.