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Holiday Biscotti Recipe

Holiday Biscotti Recipe

A twice-baked Italian cookie, biscotti makes a wonderful "dunker". A pretty way to present a batch is on a Christmasy plate arranged in a wagon-wheel fashion.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be sticky). Stir in cranberries, pistachios and orange peel. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, shape each half into a loaf 1-1/2 to 2-in. diameter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.
  • 3. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut diagonally into 3/4-in. thick slices. Place slices, cut side down, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Turn slices over. Bake 10 minutes more or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 164 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.