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Who wants a Chocolate treat that's gourmet but easy!!

 
 
Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2005 09:45 pm
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!!

Ingredients:

1/3 C room temp. butter
2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
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

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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)

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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.

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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

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Brush the logs with the mixture of water&eggyolk (mix it together of course first).

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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!!!

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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!!!

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Debra Law
 
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Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2005 11:09 pm
Impressive Presentation!

I think you ought to apply for Apprentice -- Martha Stewart edition. Smile Really!!!!!
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