Traditional Italian cookies spiced with all the flavors of the holiday season, ready for a dunk in some eggnog!
2Tablespoons(28g) unsalted buttermelted
1large eggroom temperature
1/2cup(100g) packed brown sugar
1 and 3/4cup+ 1 Tablespoon (225g) all purpose flour
pinchof black pepper
powdered sugar for dustingif desired
Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC). 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, molasses, egg, vanilla extract, and brown sugar until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. 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).
Bake dough slab for 20-22 minutes, or until the sides of the slab are lightly browned. The slab will be slightly cracked-- this is ok. Remove baked slab 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 9 minutes. Remove from oven, turn biscotti over, and bake the other side for 9 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. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, before serving. Biscotti stay fresh in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Baked biscotti may be frozen up to 3 months.