I get that it seems a little masochistic to bake cookies when you yourself can't actually eat any, but what the hell. I actually really love baking - I love the preciseness of it. I've never met a rule I didn't have the urge to follow. So I got the urge to bake, and I wanted to make some cookies for friends for Christmas.
Enter biscotti, followed by coffee.
This recipe came together pretty easily. They have to bake for a while, but the hands-on portion is blessedly short. There's not much you can mess up here. And the best part was, we had every single ingredient in our fridge or pantry - ZERO grocery trips required.
If you're looking for a treat to whip up for a special occasion, or need a good, homemade edible gift, these are fantastic (or so I hear). Plus, they look so pretty. Give these biscotti a try. Have made these biscotti? Eaten them? Let me know what you think. I'll live vicariously through you.
snickerdoodle biscottiA twist on an old favorite that’s perfect for dunking in coffee. Serves 8
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 ¼ cup sugar, divided
1 egg, whole
1 egg, yolk only
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 325.
Cream together butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
Add egg and egg yolk, beating well.
Blend in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, giving it a quick stir with a whisk or fork to blend.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, making sure ingredients come together to form a stiff dough.
Shape dough into a long log, about 3 inches by 10-12 inches.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Brush with the beaten egg, combine ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and generously sprinkle over the dough.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven, and while still warm, slice diagonally into ¾- to 1-inch slices.
Place slices back on baking tray, cut side down, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar topping.
Place back in oven and bake 15 minutes or so until golden.
Let cool completely. Serve, or give as gifts.
Recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.