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Brown Sugar and Date Biscotti

These Italian cookies are made without butter or oil and are twice baked to crisp perfection. Mix up the flavor with ingredient swaps and feel good about eating more than one. Try Almond Biscotti, Cherry Espresso Biscotti, Mexican Chocolate Biscotti, and Rum-Soaked Raisin Biscotti.

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  • Yield: Makes about 40
Brown Sugar and Date Biscotti

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2012

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add dates and pecans and beat until combined.

  2. Divide dough in half and transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Form each half into a 2 1/2-inch-wide, 3/4-inch-tall log. Bake until dough is firm but gives slightly when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack, 20 minutes.

  3. With a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal and arrange, cut side down, on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake until biscotti are crisp and golden, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets and flipping biscotti halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Note

The dough can be sticky, so lightly flour your hands or coat them with cooking spray before shaping it into logs. Making the logs as uniform as possible ensures even baking.

Store in an airtight container, up to 2 days, or freeze, up to 3 months.

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