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Thursday, October 9, 2008

My secret biscotti recipe

I made yummies tonight! It's an original recipe, but I'm sharing it with all of you. Anyone who tries it, please give feedback!

Chocolate Molasses Biscotti
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (real butter, NOT margarine)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder (use the best stuff you can - Hershey's works in pinch)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.  Set aside.
With electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).  Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract and molasses.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.  Add to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated. 
Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and divide it in half (it will be very, very soft).  Sprinkle generously with flour and gently form each half into a log 10 inches long.  Do this by rolling the dough back and forth into a cylinder shape with floured hands.  Transfer the logs to the baking sheet, spacing them well apart (width-wise on the pan), and pat to even the shapes. Bake about 25 - 30 minutes (logs will spread during baking).  Remove from the oven, slide intact on wax paper onto a wire rack, and let cool for about 10 minutes. Reline the baking sheet with waxed paper.
Transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into slices about 3/4 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange the slices on their cut sides on the baking sheet and bake on about 8 minutes.  Turn the slices over and bake until crisp, about 8 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.