[Recipe] Biscotti Cookies

As the temperaturephoto 4 drops and the holidays draw near, so does my sweet tooth.

So today, in honor of Italian heritage month, I have decided to share my grandmother’s biscotti with lemon glaze recipe. These cookies made an appearance at every Thanksgiving feast, Christmas dinner, Easter brunch and birthday party. She loved to bake and this was her go-to for just about any occasion. My grandfather was never too fond of the candied sprinkles (he didn’t like how they got stuck in his teeth), but I just love all the colors.

These cookies rank high with some of my favorite baked goods desserts. They are crunchy with a hint of almond flavoring and are the perfect light dessert to accompany a cup of coffee or cappuccino. Biscotti are traditionally twice-baked biscuits that originated in Italy. First, the dough is formed into a wide, flattened loaf and baked. Then, the freshly baked loaf is sliced into oblong-shaped biscuits and baked a second time until dry and crunchy.

Ingredients:

Biscotti:
3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla or lemon extract

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

3 large eggs

Lemon Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon milk

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. In a stand mixer or bowl, mix butter until soft. Add sugar, baking powder, and vanilla or lemon extract

3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy.

4. Add the flour last, mixing in slowly, and until fully combined. *Add extra flour if dough is tacky until able to handle- about 3 tablespoons

5. Divide the dough into 4 sections and shape each section into a slightly flat log (about 9 inches long and 2 inches wide) 2 on each baking sheet.

6. Bake the logs for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until very lightly browned and the center is cooked.

7. Allow logs to cool slightly.

8. Using a serrated knife, cut the baked dough diagonally into 1 inch wide slices. On the same baking sheet, place each slice on its side so that one of the cut faces is facing up and broil until lightly browned.

9. Allow cookie slices to cool completely. Drizzle lemon glaze and sprinkle candy toppings, if desired.

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