With its warm holiday spices, this is a great, not-too-sweet biscuit to enjoy with coffee. It also makes a great gift.
1 cup almonds, blanched*
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 lb butter
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced
3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground
White chocolate for dipping/drizzling, optional
Place almonds in an 8 to 9 inch square pan. Bake in a 350º F oven until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool, coarsely chop, and set aside.*
In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, molasses, and ginger until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
In a bowl, stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and almonds. Add to egg mixture; stir to blend.
On two greased 12” x 15” inch baking sheets, use well-floured hands to pat dough into 4 flat loaves, spacing them evenly on sheets; each loaf should be about ½-inch thick, 2 inches wide and the length of the baking sheet. **
Bake in a 350º F oven until browned at edges and springy to touch, about 25 minutes; switch positions of pans halfway through baking.
Let loaves stand on baking sheets until cool to touch then cut into long, ½-inch thick diagonal slices. On baking sheets, arrange slices close together with a cut side down. Return to oven and bake until cookies are brown, 15 to 18 minutes longer; switch positions of pans halfway through baking.
Transfer biscotti to racks and let cool completely.
If desired, dip in or drizzle with white chocolate.
Serve, or store airtight up to 1 month; freeze for longer storage.
*I prefer to leave the almonds whole because I like the way they look when the biscotti are sliced.
**I make 2 loaves, about 3 inches wide and the length of the baking sheet instead.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 180.05
- Sugar: 11.87 g.
- Sodium: 67.96 mg.
- Fat: 7.55 g.
- Saturated Fat: 2.88 g.
- Carbohydrates: 25.33 g.
- Fiber: 1.39 g.
- Protein: 3.63 g.
- Cholesterol: 30.63 g.
Keywords: biscotti, gingerbread