“OK……….there’s gingerbread men, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and a host of other Christmas cookies, but where the heck are the biscotti?????????????????????? Well……I’m glad to report that Christmas Biscotti has made its introduction at City Boy Hens. I came up with the recipe by adapting my original biscotti recipe Click Here and some inspiration from my Christmas Fruit Cake recipe Click Here. These cookies are easy to make and look very festive. But, best of all, they are not loaded with sugar and butter which seem to be a common thread in a lot of other Christmas cookies.
*For the purpose of this post, I have made two separate biscotti recipes. This will allow you to sample 2 different loaves in one try. If you are partial to one recipe, than double the ingredients in bowl #1 or #2 (see below).
Beat 1/3 cup of room temperature butter for 30 seconds.
Combine 2/3 of a cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder & 1/2 a teaspoon of salt with the butter.
Stir in 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/3 at a time until completely mixed. Form into a ball and divide in half.
In two separate bowls combine the “Christmas” ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped candied cherries
3/4 cup dried currants
1/2 cup chopped almonds
zest of 1 navel orange
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
1/2 cup of chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup of chopped pistachios
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract
Remove one half of the dough from your mixing bowl and set aside. Add the “Christmas” ingredients from bowl #1 to your dough. Need until all ingredients are completely combined and evenly distributed in the dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Using the palms of your hands, press and shape the dough until it is around 10 ” long and 5″ wide. Gently lift up the dough and place it on one side of a cookie sheet.
Repeat this process for bowl #2.Bake at 375 Ferinheight for 20-25 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on rack. Using a serrated knife, cut the biscotti into 3/4″ strips and transfer back on to a cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for another 8 minutes/ side.So….there you have it……..Christmas Biscotti. Move over gingerbread men and sugar cookies. There’s a new cookie moving into the festive spotlight. I hope you give it a try! Buon Natale!