This is one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes, though I can’t say I’ve ever made it the same way twice.
These thinly sliced biscotti can be made with almost any kind of chopped dried fruit, nut, candy and flavorings. This version is pretty basic and calls for pecans, white chips and dried cranberries – three things I had in the pantry. I also used a full-size loaf pan, but sometimes I halve or even quarter the recipe and bake in small loaf pans or cupcake cups.
The only downside to these cookies is that they are addictive. Seriously, they are hard to stop eating. I usually eat a few and hide the rest in the freezer, where of course they’ll stay fresh for months.
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt (can omit or use less if desired)**
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup toasted and chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup white chips
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with strips of parchment paper.
- In a metal or glass bowl, beat whites with a little of the salt until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining salt and sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla.
- Sprinkle flour over meringue mixture, and with a heavy duty silicone scraper, fold it in.
- Mix together the pecans, chips and cranberries and fold them in carefully.
- Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf pan, spreading evenly. Bake on center rack for 35 minutes or until golden – it will still be a little soft. Cool loaf in pan for about 20 minutes, then remove from pan and let it cool to room temperature. When it’s almost cool, transfer to the refrigerator and chill until very cold – this makes it easier to slice.
- Preheat oven again to 250 degrees F.
- Peel parchment off the cold loaf. With a serrated knife cut loaf crosswise into thin slices – mine are usually between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Arrange slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for about 45 minutes (check at 30 minutes), switching racks halfway through. The goal is to dry them out without letting them get too brown, so keep a close eye on them. Remove from the oven and let cool. If they’re not completely crisp while hot, they should crisp as they cool.