Gingerbread Biscotti

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This week's blog is from guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber from Garnish with Lemon. Their love of cooking is second only to their love of eating. Years of answering SOS calls from friends and family about what to make for dinner spurred Lisa and Anna to launch Garnish with Lemon, a resource for approachable, seasonal recipes as well as tips that make everyday entertaining effortless. Their work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, Today.com, The Daily Meal and BuzzFeed. During Minnesota summers, you'll find them on the back porch, swatting mosquitoes, sampling new cocktails and solving the world's problems, including how to get their kids to eat more veggies.

When making your holiday baking plans, don’t forget to include this recipe for Gingerbread Biscotti. These spicy-sweet treats make fantastic homemade food gifts and are the perfect bite to serve with tea or coffee after dinner.

Biscotti are actually a twice baked cookie, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they are hard to make. Our recipe starts with Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter. Warm gingerbread spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves are then combined with zesty molasses, toasted almonds and crystallized ginger to give these crunchy cookies a seasonal spin. Bake them first as logs, cool and then slice and bake them again. It’s as simple as that. Plus these Gingerbread Biscotti will keep for weeks in a sealed container, earning them gold star status as a make ahead treat during the busy holiday season.

 Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti
Ingredients:

2 ¼ cup flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

8 tablespoons Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, softened

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

2 tablespoons molasses

¾ cup sliced almonds, toasted

½ cup crystallized ginger, finely minced

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add flour through cloves in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Place butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses and mix again. Add half of flour mixture and mix until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour mixture. Gently stir in almonds and crystallized ginger. (Dough will be thick and sticky.)
  4. Take half of dough and form a log 14 inches long and 2-3 inches wide on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. (I found this easiest to do after lightly spraying my hands with cooking spray.)
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool enough to handle. Slice logs into ¾” - 1” slices and place one side down on baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes, flip and continue baking for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.