The house is all spic and span for Christmas. I have all of the food in that I am going to need for our dinner. All my gifts are out and all that remains to do now is a few bits and bobs and last minute things. Whew! I can relax, knowing that all is in hand. With that in mind I took advantage of there not being any pressure on and baked a few goodies that I had seen on Pinterest or the web and had wanted to try for the holidays. Tasty goodies like these Italian Christmas Biscotti which I saw weeks ago on a blog called The Merchant Baker.
I first saw them on Pinterest and they immediately caught my eye because of their name. Biscotti. But Biscotti are crisp dunking Italian biscuits are they not? I love Biscotti! These are not those type of Biscotti. I was intrigued and pinned them into my Italian Treats board with the idea in mind to make them one day. Today was that day. (As I am writing this on Thursday.)
These are very similar to a sugar cookie, but there is no rolling or cutting. Well . . . I say that, but you do have to roll the dough into ropes and cut it into lengths before twisting it into that lovely looking shape you see here. (If you check out the Merchant Bakers page she gives an excellent tutorial on how to do just that and there are videos.)
Another thing which impressed me was that they looked incredibly easy to make. And I was not wrong. These are an easy cookie and they end up looking so pretty when they are done. You just make the dough, shape and bake.
Once cooled you then dip them in a very simple vanilla icing glaze and sprinkle with coloured sprinkles. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy. And they are so pretty, don't you think?
Another plus . . . the recipe was very easy to cut in thirds. Since there are only two of us and we can only eat so much, I wanted to cook only a third of the recipe. I got approximately 16 delicious cookies. Little sweet pillows of Italian perfection. The perfect cookie to bake at the last minute for the holidays!
*Italian Christmas Biscotti*Makes 4 to 5 dozen
To make one third of the recipe or only 16 cookies you will need:
1/4 cup butter (65g)
3 TBS icing sugar
4 TBS granulated sugar
1 large free range egg
1 cup plain flour (140g)
1/4 tsp baking powder
few drops vanilla
For the glaze:
3/4 cup icing sugar (98g)
1/2 TBS water
drop of vanilla
This is a really, really nice cookie. I can see all sorts of possiblities here. I think another time I make them I might add a touch of lemon zest to the dough and some lemon juice to the glaze instead of water. Then they would be lemon drizzle biscotti. Yum! Bon Appetit!