The holidays are all about traditions. Some people chop down trees, others wear ugly sweaters. In my house, it’s about the biscotti. If biscotti are baking, it’s officially the holiday season. This is the one cookie that is on my baking agenda every single year.
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s really adaptable. You can change up the goodies in it and basically make it however you want. However, my favorite variety would have to be Cranberry, Orange and Almond. It’s a classic flavor combination, and is really delicious. Get your holidays on with this biscotti!
Cranberry, Orange & Almond Biscotti
Makes about 3 dozen
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of butter, at room temp
3 tbsp Triple Sec
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tspn baking powder
1 pinch of salt
2 tspn ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, get the dough ready. In a stand mixer (or in a big bowl with a hand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the egg. Stir in the Triple sec. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Combine the wet and dry ingredients gradually, and then mix in the cranberries and almonds.
Prep a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat. Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and divide in half. Take each half and shape them into a log. Aim for about a foot in length and 2 to 3 inches in width. This will take some practice!
Bake the logs for 25 minutes, at which point they should be turning golden brown on top. Take them out and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. Once they are cool enough to handle, slice each log into 1/2 inch pieces. Arrange them standing up (as if it was back in log form but now in separated pieces) on the baking sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. This will give you the traditional crunchy bite. And a note on keeping them upright… You can lay them flat, but then you have to turn them once during the second cook and it takes more time. Just be careful as you put them in the oven so they don’t fall over!
Cool the cookies on wire racks, and then enjoy! They make awesome presents and will keep for about a month in a airtight container!!