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Vegan Lemon Biscotti

Vegan Lemon Biscotti

Cookies are my Kryptonite. Well, that might not be the whole story as there are about 100 other items that make me weak in the knees and promise my swift downfall. But cookies, they take the cake. So I figure if I can make healthier cookies, I may be less destined for the swift downfall–which brings me to another sweet vegan recipe, this one courtesy of The Vegan Family Cookbook by Brian McCarthy (Lantern books, 2006).

6 ounces silken tofu
1 cup organic sugar (or try Sucanat)
1/3 cup extra light olive oil
Zest of 2 lemons
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (you can replace half with whole wheat flour if you like)
1 cup semolina flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

1. In a food processor or blender, combine tofu, sugar, oil, zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, almonds, and salt.

3. Stir tofu mixture into flour mixture.

4. On an oiled cookie sheet, form dough into two 12-inch long logs.

5. Bake for 25 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and cool on counter for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F.

8. Slice logs into 1/2-inch slices and lay slices flat on ungreased cookie sheets.

9. Bake for 40 minutes, turning cookies once after 20 minutes. Additional cooking time may be added for an even crunchier cookie.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:52AM PDT on Jul 29, 2015

Thank you

4:50AM PDT on Jul 29, 2015

Thank you

2:21AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013


10:07AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:39PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Oh this sounds interesting! Can't wait to try it!

7:42AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

I make biscotti all the time, but I can't imagine it with tofu somehow. Any one on this site make it yet?

9:34PM PST on Jan 27, 2012


4:10PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

good thing I've started my grocery list. There are a few ingredients I'm adding to that list

7:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Mmm, that looks so delicious! I think I'm going to have to try this one out :)

12:59AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Love the recipe. It sounds good. Thanks.

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