Filled with dried fruit and toasted nuts, biscotti are wonderful Christmas cookies. These crisp and crunchy twice-baked treats are perfect for dipping into a mug of hot cocoa, mulled wine, or cold milk. Thanks to their crisp texture, biscotti last for several weeks and hold up very well for mailing, making them perfect for holiday gift-giving.
Red cranberries and green pistachios make the perfect color scheme for Christmas in this biscotti recipe (left). Cornmeal gives crunch and a warm yellow hue to the cookies.
Amaretto liqueur mixed into the batter ensures that these biscotti (right) have sweet almond flavor throughout. Dried cherries and whole almonds add chewiness and crunch.
Rather than oil or butter, the dough for these biscotti gets its moisture from three eggs. Add pistachios and golden raisins as called for in this recipe, or substitute equal amounts of almonds and chopped dried apricots, pecans and cherries, or any other combination you like.
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