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Cinnamon-spiced biscotti covered in a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating. It’s just asking to be dunked in coffee!
Mmmkay, how did we get here? Just one week until Christmas? This can’t be real life! I guess that’s one way to make Monday better, right? I know another way. Lots and lots of cookies. And the best kind at that– the kind made for dunking!
We’re nearly at the end of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies celebration, and it just wouldn’t be a cookie celebration here at FAF without biscotti, now would it?
And what better way to break in the biscotti this year than with a crap ton of cinnamon sugar?! No better way!
Classic snickerdoodles (and salted caramel stuffed! and chocolate chip ones!) are pretty popular here on the blog, and rightfully so. The combination of spicy cinnamon and sweet sugar grabs you by the tastebuds and sucks you into its irresistibly sparkly coating. I mean, a cookie that sparkles? Heck yes– sign me up!
If you’re currently thinking that making biscotti is hard or intimidating, think again. I lay it all out in this funfetti biscotti post about exactly how to tackle biscotti. It’s not very difficult, but requires a bit of hands on commitment.
You’ll see lots of pictures for reference in that post, and alongside my recipe instructions, you’ll ace this on the first try, I know it. Easy peasy cinnamon sugar squeezy.
Is that how it goes?
My favorite part about biscotti is the dunk. I like to dunk mine in coffee and milk, and I really can’t decide which I like better. I guess it depends on whether or not I’m eating breakfast or a snack. Because with coffee, any cookie can become a breakfast food. Don’t get that twisted. It’s a confectionary fact.
While these snickerdoodle biscotti aren’t super sweet as a cookie on their own, the cinnamon sugar coating on the outside is the perfect touch to make these biscotti classically snickerdoodle.
Just enough sugar and spice on the inside to stand alone pretty well, but the extra sparkly cinnamon sugar is the icing on the cake.
And since you’ll be putting the cinnamon sugar coating on before any baking, it will get nice and crispy and toasty and ohmygosh it’s just the best. A mildly messy cookie is always a good one in my book.
Aaaaand biscotti stick nicely in the spots between cookies on those cookie trays… *hint hint*
So try your hand at biscotti this year, if you’ve never attempted it. I bet you’ll surprise yourself in just how next level you can take your cookie skills, despite my promise to you they are much easier than you think they are.
PLUS, the dunk. Always for the dunk.
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 and 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg beaten, for egg wash
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Lightly flour the baking sheet. Set aside.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together butter, oil, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar until combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently mix with a large wooden spoon or sturdy rubber spatula until everything is combined.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured baking sheet and, with floured hands, pat dough into a rectangle about ½" thick. My rectangle was 6" wide and 7 and ½" long (using a ruler or a ruled silicone baking mat is helpful here).
- Brush the slab with an egg wash then sprinkle generously with the entire cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Bake dough slab for 20 minutes, or until the top and sides of the slab are lightly browned. Remove from the oven, but do not turn off the heat. Place baking sheet on a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Once the dough is cool enough to touch, cut into 1" thick slices using a sharp knife. Cut these 1" slices in half, making a perpendicular slice down the entire slab. Set slices cut sides up on the baking sheet. Return to the oven to bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, turn biscotti over, and bake the other side for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes on the baking sheet (cookies will become crunchy as they cool). Transfer biscotti to a wire rack to cool completely before serving. Biscotti stay fresh in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Baked biscotti may be frozen up to 3 months.