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Culinary Art in the Mountains

Posted By Salt Lake County ZAP
March 21, 2017

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Alta Community Enrichment, ACE, hosts year round art classes in the mountains of Alta, Utah, these classes include the culinary arts.  An Alta resident and ACE aficionado, Julie Willis, opens her home to teach many of these classes which have included, Introduction to Soup Making and Introduction to Biscotti Making.  We are thrilled to share her instructions on how to make her amazing homemade biscotti.

biscotti at ace

Intro to Biscotti Making with Julie Willis

On a snow-chilled night what better thing to do then warm up with some fresh-made biscotti!

Julie Willis- Biscotti Baker Extraordinaire provided a wonderful recipe for some of the most delicious Biscotti Cookies we have ever had.

julie willis - biscotti baker

Here is a step-by-step recipe for you to try at home! Be sure to tag #ACEBiscotti and @alta_community_enrichment on social media to share your results!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 lbs Butter ( 1 stick)
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tsp Kirsch (Cherry Liqueur)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • 2 Cups + 2 Tsp Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds - Chopped
  • 3/4 Finely Chopped Chocolate

biscotti being made by event attendees

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees
  • As you combine the wet and dry ingredients, be quick but do not hurry.
  • Mix but do not beat.
  • Handle quickly so the heat from your hands does not melt the butter.
  • Form three small loaves and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Loaves should be a very light brown on the bottom when they come out.
  • Place on a cooling rack and reset the oven to 300 Degrees.
  • Cut the loaves into equal sizes, then bake again for 10 minutes, flip and bake again for 8-10 minutes.


Longer time = crispy biscotti | Shorter time = softer biscotti

Please join ACE at any of our year round events soon!

biscotti dough

ACE’s mission is to create opportunities in the Little Cottonwood community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. ACE began in 1995 when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of successful grassroots community events. Since inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse events and programs for free or very little cost to its attendees and strengthens our community by bringing people who live work and play in Alta together to share the arts, cultural events, and education.  

ACE currently offers 65+ year round diverse programs with the majority of events inspired by input from local artists and families. From small events, such as craft-making classes to larger events, such as the multi-day Snowflake Festival, ACE caters to the needs of our community. ACE strives to offer new events and old favorites to bring our community together.

-Sara Gibbs

Sara is the Executive Director of ACE.