Cinnamon Bun Biscotti

IMG_1447“Do you know what biscotti is?” I asked my boyfriend lovingly, and with an appropriately serious tone.

“It’s that long hard cookie you dick into your coffee,” he responded, “I mean dunk.”

I swooned.

I used to hate biscotti, until, like, yesterday, because I didn’t understand it. HARD cookie? Sliced? Crunchy? Words? What was going on. But it turns out, biscotti is pretty good. And even though I’ve never tried the store-bought stuff, I’m sure (like anything else) homemade is better. And these really taste like oblong cinnamon buns.

So enjoy your dicking. I mean dunking.

 Ingredients:

biscotti:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extact
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour

glaze:

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

IMG_1388In a stand mixer (God help you if you’re doing this by hand), beat the butter until creamy. Add sugar. Mix well, about 1 minute on medium speed.

If you’ll notice my pictures I didn’t even follow my own directions, and instead beat the butter and sugars all at once because I was too busy taking mediocre photos. You might imagine a cute blonde girl standing over the mixer in a pink apron wagging her finger at the sky crying “oh, for Heaven’s sake!!!!”, but that girl is on another blog. I just looked down into the bowl and through clenched teeth exclaimed, “Jesus CHRIST.”

But then I calmed down because it’s really not a big deal.
IMG_1390Here it is! If you look closely you can see a tiiiny little F-bomb in there.
IMG_1389CREAMED.
IMG_1398Add eggs one a time, beating well after each addition. You may want to stop to scrape the bowl a few times to make sure nothing is sticking to it.

Oh ya, I screwed this up too and put all the eggs in at once. This recipe wasn’t going so well at first..

AIMG_1399 IMG_1400ADD DEEZ THINGS. 1 teaspoon each, prease!

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Add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well.
IMG_1408Add flour slowly, mixing well.

IMG_1412This is when your dough should start forming.
IMG_1413Divide dough in half. Shape into logs 3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Flatten to 3/4 inches thick.

IMG_1419Good enough. You just want to be able to slice long, slender cookies but if you wanna make short and stout Danny DeVito cookies then be my guest!
GIMG_1420Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

*I was impatient and watching Sons of Anarchy while baking, which I had to keep pausing to check on my biscotti, so mine were a touch under baked. I was panicked. But they still turned out great in the end – they harden more as they cool. 

IMG_1421Remove from oven (BUT DON’T TURN IT OFF). While the logs are still hot, cut them length wise and in half as shown above. Put back in the oven for 7 minutes, flip, and bake 7 more minutes.

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IMG_1424Mix icing ingredients. Drizzle over biscotti. Now get outta here you crazy kids.


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Ingredients:

biscotti:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour

glaze:

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer (God help you if you’re doing this by hand), beat the butter until creamy. Add sugar. Mix well, about 1 minute on medium speed.

Add eggs one a time, beating well after each addition. You may want to stop to scrape the bowl a few times to make sure nothing is sticking to it. Add vanilla and maple extracts.

Mix in salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

Slowly add flour, and mix well until combined.

Divide dough in half and shape into logs 3 inches by 8 inches. Flatten to 3/4 inches thick. Bake for 30 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Remove from oven, and while logs are still hot, slice lengthwise, then in half (shown above). Bake again for 7 minutes, flip on their sides, then bake another 7 minutes.

Prepare glaze and drizzle over cooled cookies!

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