Monday, November 7, 2011
Jayne's Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Biscotti
This makes for a really nice gift for people with a sweet tooth (and obviously, no health issues around sugar), especially for the holidays.
You will need:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup (I stick) butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine first three ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to blend. In another bowl with an electric mixer, bat sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla. And an mix in flour mixture, then mix in cranberries and chips. The dough will be very thick.
Press the dough together into a ball with your hands, then divide it in half. (Flour your hands a bit so the dough won't stick to you.) Shape dough halves into two logs, about a foot long each, 4 inches wide and 3/4 inches tall. (If the dough is too dry, add a taspon of orange juice to each log and knead lightly, then reshape.) Bake 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool completely, slice into 1/2 inch pieces, and bake slices 5 minutes per side without parchment (I did it for about 7 minutes). This should make about 3 dozen cookies.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting! (It was very difficult for me to share these with the rest of my coworkers when Jayne brought these in last year. I had to tie myself to my desk to keep from eating them all.) These are excellent with coffee or a nice strong tea. Also goes well with herbal teas (I'm partial to ginger tea with this).