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Cookies - Biscotti

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 This is one of those exceptionally thin biscotti or Mandelbrot. Make it with oil – it’s Mandelbrot for Hanukkah. Make it with melted butter and you have gourmet biscotti. It is micro-thin and one of those ‘private file recipes’ and a great gift recipe.

These are monster cookies but thin, crisp and butter with a touch of cream cheese in the batter. You could make them small but they are sensational if you make them 6 inches and roll almost as thin as Pringles. Almost. Add colored sprinkles or dust on sugar tossed in maple syrup for a seasonal touch. These are wonderfully buttery, crisp but not hard nor snappy, nor dough –they are perfect.

Densely filled with chocolate chips, crisp edges that are slightly rolled and hefty and a chewy center: a super chocolate chip cookie for your collection.

Pure vanilla extra and vanilla paste, a wonderful product from Nielsen Massey you can find at their site and in fine food stores.
Vanilla beans are also available from Nielsen Massey or find food stores or online. Make sure the vanilla bean you use is soft and pliable. Make a slit lengthwise and scrape out the ‘goo’ or seeds inside.

Flecks of pure vanilla bean and pure extract mellow up the buttery taste of classic shortbread.


There’s another trick to this classic biscotti. The taste is simple and beautiful: walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla. The crunch is sublime and the shape? Perfect. But the trick is baking it long and slow and in a pan. Check out the full recipe.

Mix it, jar it, seal it with a ribbon and a card and add in some nice cookie cutters or a heart of thistle shortbread clay mold.

This recipe makes a good basic dough that takes well to variations. After the biscotti are baked for the second time, you toss them in a sugar and cinnamon mixture which makes them sweet and spicy and totally addictive.

These are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. They bake up lightly caramelized with a hint of cinnamon.
Nothing plain about these. They are sweet, crumbly and hefty and just the thing when doing yard work or managing a garage sale. Nielsen Massey's new extracts boost the pure butter flavor. I prefer these plain or with currants but most of our testers (girls, girls, girls) threw in a few handfuls of chocolate chips.
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