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Small Batch Cinnamon Butterscotch Biscotti

by on April 4, 2008 · 9 comments

Here’s the second biscotti recipe of the day. Like the previous biscotti, this one doesn’t have any oil or butter so it’s hard, crunchy and well suited for dunking.   I love it this way and am glad I tried it, since I usually make versions with at least a couple of tablespoons oil.

This is based on a recipe in the King Arthur Cookie Companion. Since it was my first time making it, I only made a half batch. KA suggests spritzing the log of baked dough with water 5 minutes before slicing. I don’t have a spray bottle, so I just skipped this step and cut the biscotti while it was still very warm.

This was a good small batch recipe and a great way to use up the small amount of butterscotch chips and nuts I had on hand. You could also use cinnamon chips, which is what KA uses.

Brown Sugar Biscotti

Small Batch Cinnamon-Butterscotch Biscotti

1 large egg
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/3 cup toasted walnuts
1/3 cup butterscotch chips or cinnamon chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium (2 qt) mixing bowl, using an electric mixer or wire whisk, beat the egg and sugar until fluffy and light Add the vanilla, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and beat well. Stir in flour. When flour is incorporated, stir in walnuts and butterscotch chips.

Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment and shape into a log about 7 inches by 2 ½ inches. Smooth the top and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes or until it’s cool enough to handle.

Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F.

Cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick to 3/4 inch thick (will vary depending on where nuts are) slices. Stand the biscotti on the cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

This makes about 16 biscotti

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Published on April 4, 2008

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Sarah April 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Wow, biscotti without butter or oil? Sounds crazy, & I’m very excited to try it! I always feel like it takes so long to make biscotti though…I’ll have to get up motivation to commit to staying close to the kitchen for both baking sessions. :)

Sue April 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm

These sound good! Thanks for sharing!

Claire April 4, 2008 at 10:53 pm

That’s funny…I’ve always thought that “real” biscotti (traditional) was this form with no oil or butter. These sound really good and I love how you did a small batch.

RecipeGirl April 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I think this is the one I made (I was able to find those yummy cinnamon chips). Love it!! My favorite biscotti recipes are those that result in a crunchy product. Fun to dip in coffee or tea!!

Maureen April 5, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Anna, I made these this morning. Yum! I love when they are really crunchy – better for coffee that way. I used the butterscotch chips (my favorite.) Funny, because we were out at a wine bar last night and they had huge cookie jars with biscotti and it made me crave them. Then, I got home and was reading your blog. Wal-lah! I didn’t get 16, but I made them a little thick.

Anna April 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Sarah, you are right. Biscotti take a while because of all the cook-time. It’s easy to make, but it takes a while. Plus, it generates lots of crumbs.

Claire, as I understand it “real” biscotti does not have fat. But there are so many recipes now that do. I think a lot of people don’t dunk it or just like it a little less hard.

RG, I’ll have to plunder and pillage your recipe collection again. I’ve been meaning to do so.

Maureen, I’m glad the small batch version worked out for you. Now I can say it’s been double-tested.

TG April 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm

i’ve never made biscotti WITH butter or oil; i guess one of the things i like about biscotti is exactly that — that you get to have cookies without fat. (well, the added fat.)

you’ve probably already visited this site

http://www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/biscott2.html

but it has a great collection of biscotti recipes. i like maida heatter’s biscotti recipes, too, but she’s so persnickety and high-maintenance that sometimes i feel overwhelmed

Anna April 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm

TG, thanks for that link! I probably stumbled across it at one point, but forgot about it.

The next biscotti on my list is going to be Corby Kummer’s. Someone posted it on this site and it’s received a lot of good reviews from reliable sources.

http://www.dendritics.com/scales/biscotti.asp

I’ll probably start with a small batch, though.

Sarah April 6, 2008 at 8:38 pm

These were delicious! Although mine were neither butterscotch nor cinnamon…pb & white chocolate instead, & perfect! And I love using your small batch recipes, because we never eat it all when I use regular sized recipes!

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