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I made these for an event celebrating the birthday of the great Julia Child.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole, blanched almonds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and stir. Add the almonds and mix well.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be dry.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and begin gathering it together. Knead it for a few minutes and you will see that it will slowly come together into a firm dough. Keep some flour handy in case it sticks.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape it into two 12-inch logs. Transfer the logs to a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. The logs will rise a bit and will be golden and lightly brown on the bottom.
  • Transfer the logs to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • Once cool, slice the logs, on the diagonal, into quarter-inch slices. Lay the slices, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  • Bake for an additional 10 or 15 minutes, or until the cantuccini are dry and lightly golden.
  • Let cool completely. Cantuccini can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

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