These toasted cookies with a distinct flavor of almonds and citrus are similar to the traditional Italian biscotti cookies which are best dunked with your favorite Greek coffee because of their hard texture.
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbs Crisco shortening
2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice and 1 tsp orange peel
2 cups chopped almonds
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp anise flavoring
7-8 cups flour
In a mixing bowl blend well softened butter, vegetable oil, Crisco shortening, and sugar until creamy. (About 10 minutes). Add eggs one at a time. Add flour and baking powder, alternating with orange juice and peel. Add anise and blend until you make soft dough.
Separate dough into 6 equal loaves. Mark them like biscotti and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Cut them where you scored them and then lay flat and bake for 15 more minutes until golden brown.