One of my favorite things to bake for tea with the other military spouses/loved ones is BISCOTTI.
My favorite is cranberry, but tonight I tried a chocolate one. I do not dip them in chocolate (the end) because I'm lazy, and I don't like things too sweet.
These are delicious!!
1/3 C room temp. butter
2/3 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 C flour
1/3C cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 C coursely chopped semisweet choco.chips (minature ones work!)
heeping 1/4 C walnuts
1 egg yolk
1 T water
set oven to 375. put parchment paper on cookie sheet OR just grease the sheet.
get a large bowl, and cream butter & sugar. Add eggs, vanilla. Stir. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and mix together. add walnuts and chocolate chips. (the more you chop BOTH of these 2 ingredients VERY small...the easier time you will have cutting through the logs later. trust me. i finely chopped both)
If it's dry, please put on a plastic cooking glove and mix with your hand the last part. I basically knead it to get a nice dough.
Split the dough into equal parts.
Shape into 9x2 in. logs. If handling this is sticky, just add a little warm water to your hands, but I had no trouble. Place on cookie sheets
Brush the logs with the mixture of water&eggyolk (mix it together of course first).
Bake for 20 min. Cool on sheet for 10-15 minutes. Please do not try before this or too much longer. Then it will become crumbly cutting it. Next step is to cut in one inch. slices. Use a good serrated knife and please go slowly. take your time and it won't crumble and wait those 10 minutes for it to cool!!!
Then put it back in the oven for 5-10 min. on each side at 250 degrees.
cool completely and enjoy!! dip the ends in melted chocolate to add a nice twist!
Expect the animals to start getting excited by the smell. Good grief, she kept laying on her back on my feet when I would step out of the kitchen. I didn't let her in until everything went in the oven b/c I didn't want any doggie hair in the food!!!