BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Are you in charge of dessert this holiday season but don’t want to make your typical cookie or brownie? Well 23ABC producer Alexandra Craig is showing us one of her favorite recipes that might be the perfect solution.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 teaspoons almond extract (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
First, melt a stick of butter.
"I know it sounds like a lot of butter but it helps the dough stick together," said Craig.
Combine a cup of sugar with the butter, and add three eggs. Then start mixing.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients. Sift those together and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
"You don’t want it to get too thick too fast," said Criag.
Add in two teaspoons of vanilla, and Craig said she personally likes to add a little almond extract too.
Now you can add whatever ingredients you'd like. Craig put in cranberries and chocolate chips.
Then turn the mixer back on one more time.
For the next step, Craig said she puts olive oil on her hands so the dough doesn't stick too much. Take two big pieces of the dough and roll them into log shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place that in the oven for 35 minutes.
"They’re going to look pretty puffy, but that’s how they’re supposed to look. You’re going to let them cool and then that’s when you’re going to slice them into their traditional biscotti shape," said Craig.
Then place the cut pieces back in the oven for 15 minutes.
"They’ll be a lot crunchier once they come out the second time. You’re just going to flip them so they can bake on the other side," said Craig.
Those will bake for another 15 minutes, and then they’ll be done.
"You’ll probably want to let them cool for about  minutes," said Criag. "Once they cool down, they’ll get really crisp and you’ll be able to dunk them in your coffee or tea and. I hope you enjoy them!"