Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 egg whites

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup whole or slivered almonds, toasted

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Hardware:

Medium bowl

Large bowl

Parchment paper

Baking sheets

Mixer

Bread knife

Step 1: Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degrees C).

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, egg whites and vanilla extract.

Step 4: Gradually add egg mixture to flour mixture blending on low. Toss almonds with chocolate chips then add to flour mixture and blend just until combined.

Step 5: On a well floured surface roll dough into 2 logs, 2 inches in diameter. Place on prepared cookie sheet and brush with beaten egg, bake at 350 degrees until light golden brown, about 30-35 minutes.

Step 6: Allow logs to cool 15 minutes then using a bread knife cut into slices on the bias (at an angle). Place slices on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven until toasted, about 15-20 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Toasting nuts brings out their flavor and makes them crisp. It is easy to do. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place nuts, in a single layer, on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time, or until nuts become fragrant and are lightly browned. (Watch nuts closely to prevent burning.) Cool nuts completely before chopping and adding to recipe.

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