Baby Biscotti with Brandied Chocolate Dipping Sauce

As the holiday quickly approaches, the choice of which cookies to make is overwhelming. There are so many recipes to choose from and every family member has a different request! There are the nut- and fruit-filled cookies, sugar-crusted or a thick-frosted cutout, even boiled cookies!

We find ourselves going back to our roots and bake up a perfect batch crunchy biscotti.  I don’t remember where this recipe came from, but I have been making these cookies for the holiday for many years. It is Danielle’s, Judy’s daughter, favorite recipe for biscotti.  Biscotti means “baked twice.” The dough is formed into a log shape, baked once, and set out to cool, then cut into slices then baked again for a crunchy crispiness.

We decided to make these cookies much smaller than we usually do and pair them with a smooth and creamy chocolate dipping sauce. Here is a serving suggestion: Serve the  chocolate sauce in an espresso cup with a saucer.  Dip one cookie in the cup with the chocolate and put a few more on the saucer and serve! So elegant, so easy.... The holidays are here, let’s eat!

      

Biscotti Recipe

1/2 oleo (Nana’s name for margarine) or butter

1 cup sugar

3 cups of flour

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons orange flavoring

1/2 cup chopped red candy cherries

1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel

1 egg white

1 tablespoon sugar

Beat margarine in a large bowl, with mixer on medium, for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup sugar and baking powder; mix till combined. Beat in whole eggs and egg yolk Beat in as much flour as you can with mixer and stir in the rest. Add candied cherries, orange flavoring and peel.

Divide dough in half, shape each half into a 12x1x1 in log (or so) on the lightly greased cookie sheet, brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes; cool for 1 hr then cut small slices on a diagonal. Place slices cut side up on un-greased cookie sheet and bake an additional 10 minutes, turning oven down to 325; turn over and bake another 10 minutes. (Watch them, everyone’s oven is different)

   

Chocolate Brandied Dipping Sauce

2/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup vanilla sugar

6 oz chocolate, chopped (can use chips)

2 tablespoons brandy

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring till melted and combined.