Give traditional biscotti a holiday flair with this spicy upgrade.

By Coastal Living
November 11, 2011
Photographer: Jim Franco

Prep: 22 minutes
Bake: 35 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
8 ounces white chocolate, melted

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating well. Beat in eggs.

2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in almonds and crystallized ginger.

3. Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each portion into a log 3 inches wide and 1 inch high. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to a wire rack, and set aside until cool to the touch. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

5. Cut each log crosswise into 1/2-inch slices with a serrated knife. Place slices on ungreased cookie sheet.

6. Bake 7 minutes; turn cookies over, and bake 7 more minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

7. Dip ends in melted white chocolate. Place biscotti on wax paper until chocolate hardens. makes about 2 1/2 dozen.