(R)oomie is a big fan of the Starbucks Cherry Walnut Biscotti. They stopped selling those more than a year ago and although he makes do with the Vanilla Almond Biscotti, I do often hear him pine and complain. Then one day he asked if we could make them at home.
Now if you consider the cost of buying vs baking your own, the cost is a fraction of the former. But it goes beyond that - you can customize the ones you make at home - substitute the sugar with a Truvia blend or Stevia, replace the flour with wholewheat durum flour, add the toppings you like and the quantity you like. I mean, come on, these reasons should be good enough to make them at home. Get your partner to help out too, that way he/she knows how easy it is. The only fatty ingredient in this ends up being butter, (after all the substitutions) and the egg yolks but if you div it up between the 24 that you can make with this recipe, it hardly even matters provided you are not eating other butter rich foods.
Source: Starbucks Restaurant at Home
Butter - 1/4 Cup
Truvia blend - 1/4 Cup
Eggs - 2 large
Vanilla paste - 1 Tsp
Whole wheat Durum flour -1 1/4
Baking powder - 1/4 Tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 Tsp
Salt - 1 pinch
Pecans - 1/4 Cup
Dried cherries - 1/4 Cup
Orange zest - 1 Tsp (This kills the ‘eggy’ smell)
I followed all the instructions to the dot. The only thing different was that the second baking took me about 20 minutes. I love making Biscotti because I almost always have all the ingredients on hand and all I need to do is to whip out my hand mixer and turn on the oven.
Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the taste because I am not a Biscotti fan and never eat it. But (R)oomie loves it and always has it with a cuppa coffee!