Peppermint Biscotti

PEPPERMINT BISCOTTI

Yield:  42 cookies      Prep Time:  20 minutes     Bake Time:  70 minutes


6 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

3/4 cup granulated sugar

5 cups all-purpose flour. plus more for patting out the dough

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup blanched almonds

1 cup peppermint candy, crushed and divided

1 package while chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

green sugar, optional

2 baking sheets

parchment paper


-Preheat oven to 300 degrees.


-Place the candies in a zip top bag and crush with a mallet or rolling pin. Set aside until later.


-In a large bowl, blend the eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract and granulated sugar until combined. Slowly blend in the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in the blanched almonds and 3/4 cup of the crushed candy.


-Spoon half of the dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet in a long line (approximately 12" long). Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and use your hands to press the dough into an evenly flattened rectangle (approximately 12" long x 3" wide x 1" high). Repeat the same process with the remaining half of dough on the other parchment lined baking sheet.


-Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 40 minutes. *Note - they will not be browned, but will have puffed slightly. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes.


-Carefully lift the partially baked cookie log to a flat surface and use a serrated knife to slice each biscotti log into ½" slices. Place each slice of cookie back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.


-Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake the sliced biscotti in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip each slice and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and cool completely.


-In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and shortening on medium/low power, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread half of each cooled cookie with a layer of white chocolate and sprinkle the melted chocolate with the remaining crushed peppermint candy and green sugar if desired.



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