Holiday Biscotti

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For a homemade Christmas gift, wrap up these crisp, fruity treats. They're especially good with coffee.

Holiday Biscotti
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
48 biscotti

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter (no substitutes), softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon anise seed

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup pistachios, shelled

  • ½ 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.

Tips

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 (per serving)

72 Calories
2g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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