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Holiday Biscotti

Holiday Biscotti
PREP TIME
25 min
COOK TIME
55 min
YIELDS
24 servings

Giada De Laurentiis puts a festive spin on crunchy biscotti cookies with her white chocolate garnish with red and green candy stripes. 

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Ingredients

2
cups all-purpose flour
1 ½
tsp baking powder
¾
cup sugar
½
cup unsalted butter, (1 stick) room temperature
1
tsp lemon zest, grated
¼
tsp salt
2
large eggs
¾
cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
cup dried cranberries
12
oz good-quality white chocolate, chopped
Red and green sugar crystals, for garnish
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Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

Step 2

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

Step 3

Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

Step 5

Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.

Step 6

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.

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