Gingerbread Biscotti

These biscotti have the same warm spices and crispy-crunchy texture that you love in a traditional gingerbread person, but require less time and effort than the classic cutout cookie! Each one gets an extra dip of melted white chocolate and a sprinkle of sanding sugar, for a sparkly holiday treat fit for a cookie tin. By Amanda Neal for Food Network Kitchen
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: about 24 biscotti
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Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons gingerbread spice

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

Two 4-ounce bars white chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening

White sanding sugar, for decorating

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Pulse the flour, granulated sugar, gingerbread spice, baking powder and salt in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is thoroughly combined with the dry ingredients and the mixture looks sandy. Transfer to a large bowl. 
  3. Whisk together the molasses, vanilla, eggs and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; stir into the flour mixture until a crumbly dough forms. Press together and knead into a moist, uniform dough. 
  4. Divide the dough in half and place on the prepared baking sheet. Shape the dough into two 10-by-2-inch logs, keeping 3 inches between the logs. If the dough is sticky, splash a couple drops of water on your hands and continue shaping. Bake until the outside is set but the inside is still slightly soft, about 30 minutes. 
  5. Cool the biscotti for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer the logs to a cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices on the bias using a serrated knife. Return the slices to the baking sheet, slat-side down, and bake, flipping the slices halfway through, until crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack to cool.  
  6. Once the biscotti are cool, combine the white chocolate and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes total. Dip half of each biscotti at an angle in the white chocolate, letting excess drip off. Return to the wire rack, then place in the refrigerator until just set, about 5 minutes.  
  7. Pour the remaining white chocolate mixture into a small piping bag or resealable bag, then snip the tip or corner with kitchen shears to create a small hole. Drizzle the white chocolate at an angle across the dipped end of each biscotti, drizzling in the opposite direction to create a crisscross pattern. Return to the wire rack, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. Refrigerate until all the chocolate is completely set, about 10 minutes more. The biscotti can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.) If the dough is very soft and sticky after kneading, you can chill the dough in the refrigerator to firm up slightly, 10 to 15 minutes, then continue shaping and baking.

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