On the 7th Day of Christmas…biscotti, anyone?

For recipe number seven, I have chosen a biscotti recipe.   Biscotti makes a great gift.  Put a few pieces in a coffee cup and wrap it up in cellophane.  (You can include the other packages of the Starbucks Via in the cup as well.)

Espresso Biscotti

1 package Starbucks Via
2 T. hazlenut liquor
½ c. butter, softened
¾ c. sugar
2 eggs
2 ¼ c. all purpose flour
1 ½ t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
2/3 c. chopped hazelnuts

A few key ingredients.

Combine instant coffee and liquor and mix well.   Set aside.

In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well.   Add in coffee mixture and mix.

 In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to batter and mix until blended.  Stir in nuts.   Divide dough in half.

Shape each half into 8 inch logs.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack; let cool 5 minutes. 

Cooling before slicing.

Using a serrated knife, cut biscotti diagonally into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Place back on baking sheet and cook 15-20 minutes more.

Ready for round two in the oven.

Let cool on rack.

Drizzle with chocolate after baking.
2.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar before baking logs.

Espresso and biscotti for Santa.

You can also substitute Amaretto and sliced almonds for the Fangelico and chopped hazlenuts.

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