December 20, 2011

Cinnamon-Sugar Biscotti

This is one of my favorite biscotti recipes for gift-giving! Loaded with cinnamon sugar, they taste just like snicker doodles and are delicious dipped in coffee!

2 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; blend well with a whisk. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add 1 egg; beat well. Add the egg yolk; beat well. Mix in the vanilla, then the dry ingredients. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide in half. Shape each half into a 9-inch-long, 1-1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer logs to prepared baking sheets. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon with the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; set aside. Beat the 1 remaining egg in a small bowl. Brush the logs with egg, then sprinkle generously with about half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until golden and firm to the touch (dough will spread), about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool on baking sheets. Maintain oven temperature. Using a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2-inch-wide diagonal slices. Place biscotti, cut side down, on baking sheets. Sprinkle evenly with remaining sugar mixture. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes. Cool on racks. These can be made a week ahead of time. I've also frozen them and they still taste great! Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

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