recipe #12: easy biscotti.

biscotti is beautifully justifiable. not only is it an elegant accessory to coffee, tea, or your mouth; some people don’t know what the italian cookie is, making you feel mysterious and worldly for eating it. i love giving them as a food present since most ingredients are always on hand, and it’s easy to adapt to those with or without a sweet tooth. below is the easiest and most consistent recipe i’ve tried…

recipe #12: easy biscotti.

soundtrack: punch brothers, who i will miss seeing live once again tonight thanks to my little brother’s 7th grade band concert.

ingredients: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 3 1/4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon each of baking powder and anise extract. add in almost anything you like…i chose 1/3 cup each butterscotch and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

the plan: preheat oven to 375 degrees. mix all ingredients in a large bowl, keeping non-dough ingredients out until you split dough if you want different flavors,  then form into two thick rectangles on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (i didn’t have any so used aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray). i like to make different flavors in each log, this time i did one with a mix of both flavored chips and then another plain.

bake for 20 minutes, then remove and let cool for 10 minutes. slice into strips, lay them on their sides, then bake for another 15-20 minutes. before baking again, i added chips to the tops of some of the plain. dress ’em up however you want, and once they’re cool just dunk and enjoy!

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