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Holiday Biscotti

Makes: 48 servings Yield: about 48 biscotti
Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 25 mins Cool 1 hr Bake 325°F 10 mins
Holiday Biscotti
Ingredients
  • 1/4  cup  butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  eggs
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/4  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  anise seed
  • 1/2  teaspoon  fennel seed
  • 1  cup  dried cranberries
  • 3/4  cup  pistachios, shelled
  • 1/2  cup  dried apricots, snipped
  • 1  egg
Directions

1. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in the 3 eggs, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour; the anise and fennel seeds; and the cranberries, pistachios, and apricots with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 12-inch-long log 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Place logs at least 3 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten each log slightly to 3/4-inch thickness. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush over logs.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool logs on cookie sheet 1 hour or till completely cool.

4. When logs are cool, preheat oven to 325 dgrees F. Transfer logs to a cutting board. Cut each log diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Lay slices down on cookie sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Turn slices over, and bake 5 minutes more or until dry and crisp. Remove and cool on wire racks. Makes about 48.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts (Holiday Biscotti)
  • Servings Per Recipe 48,
  • cal. (kcal) 72,
  • Fat, total (g) 2,
  • chol. (mg) 20,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 11,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 65,
  • calcium (mg) 20,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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