Saturday, August 25, 2012

Grandma's Old Fashioned Italian Biscotti Recipe

Biscotti can be traditional or adapted to many different creations to your preference. Here are a
few suggestions using a basic old fashioned recipe. Get creative, make your favorite.
Mix in some chopped cranberries, raisins, dates, figs into the batter for creative versions. Maybe your a chocolate chip lover or just love lots of nuts... add your hearts desire.
An easy cookie really twice baked...after making large loaves on a cookie sheet, you'll cut these while warm, and put them bake in the oven to toast....very easy and traditional...a cookie that never grows old. If you don't like anisette flavoring....try another flavor, add hazelnuts, chips. Biscotti is a versatile cookie, and this basic dough will get you to any favorites.
 You can even dip each end in different chocolates, white, milk, dark, colors, then drizzle white chocolate over the top, to look like the many bakery favorites. I have made them many ways, but this is the old time original....the only one grandma would make...

By the way..these are great dunking cookies for cappuccino....

Anisette Cookies......

6 eggs ( 1 more for later to brush on top)
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon pure anise extract or other flavor such as lemon, orange, almond
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 teaspoon of baking powder
Optional: add 1 cup of cranberries, chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, pecans to the dough
Optional: melt white or dark chocolate to dip each end into
Mix all in a bowl to form a stiff dough. On a greased cookie sheet form two loaves in thin width shapes of a torpedo, brush with one beaten egg ( if you love anisette flavor add another teaspoon to the egg wash). Bake at 350 until brown. Take out of oven cool, for 5 minutes, slice cookies on a slant, put bake on the cookie sheet, bake again until toasted......

***Optional: At Christmas time, we like to dip the bottoms or the ends in  melted chocolate. Just melt chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute at a time till smooth. Dip the ends in chocolate, or the whole bottom of the cookie. You can also add sprinkles, colored sugars or nuts for a festive look..

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