Easy Biscotti with Pistachios and Cranberries

Hi everyone its Tatyana from Tatiana's everyday food and today I'm going to be sharing with you guys my mother's recipe for biscotti cookies today we'll be adding pistachios hazelnut dried cranberries and we're going to finish the cookies off by dipping them into chocolate to make them extra fancy for the holiday season we're going to start off by making our cookie batter so I have my oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and I have 6 large eggs I brought up to room temperature we're going to place them into my mixer bowl and I'm going to add 1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar I mix these two together on high speed for a couple minutes until the eggs are light and fluffy I'm going to change out my whisk for a flat beater and next we're going to add half a pound of butter and I have cut it into smaller pieces and I brought it slightly up to room temperature it's still a little bit firm and it's just the way we need it I'm just going to add it into my egg batter and I'm going to beat this for a couple minutes for this recipe we're going to need about 5 to 5 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour I'm starting with 4 cups and I'm going to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to my flour I'm going to add about 2 cups of my flour into my mixer bowl and then I'm going to beat it for about 2 to 3 minutes until that butter is nice and creamy since we didn't melt the butter all the way we just need to beat it for a couple minutes until it's nice and smooth and incorporate it with that flour after a few minutes your batter should be smooth you shouldn't have any clumps of butter next I'm going to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract you can also add almond extract if you like that classic almond flavored biscotti and next I'm just going to finish adding my remaining 4 cups of flour you just add everything all at once once you've had that combined go ahead and turn your batter out onto your work surface we're gonna finish kneading it band I'm going to need in the remaining half a cup of flour by hand and you just want to create a really nice soft but not sticky dough so just sprinkle a little bit at a time until your dough comes together nicely just dust your work surface very lightly with flour so it doesn't stick you see how soft and smooth it is this just the way we need it to be and now we're ready to add our fillings I'm going to dust my work surface with a little bit of flour and then I'm going to spread my dough into a nice large rectangle for filling I'm going to be using half a cup of salted pistachios and I have half a cup of hazelnuts but feel free to add whatever type of nuts you would like and then I have about 1 cup of dried cranberries so I'm going to just spread everything over the top spread it evenly across and my nuts on top and I love the salted pistachios in this recipe I think they have such a great flavor profile with that sweet cranberry absolutely delicious just going to press everything in and then we're going to fold everything in together and we're just going to knead this in the nuts and all those cranberries get worked right into the dough I'm going to portion my dough in half and now we're ready to shape these into cookies we're going to need a large jelly roll pan I've sprayed it with nonstick spray and what we're going to do is we're going to just roll our sections into long logs so just roll it out until it's about the length of your pan you want to be quite even I'm going to transfer into my pan just straighten it out and we do the exact same thing with my other one now I'm going to take a lightly floured rolling pin and I'm just going to flatten these out so just roll it along the tops of the pan until these are nice and flat you want it to be about an inch thick and now these are ready to go into our oven so I have my oven again preheat to 350 degrees bake these for about 20 minutes just until the top start turning a nice light and golden brown color I just took my cookie bards out of the oven so they're still very hot but now it's the time to section them and to cut them into serving size pieces so we're going to use a sharp serrated knife I'm using a bread knife here we're going to cut them into half an inch to 3/4 of inch slices just cut them into nice equal sizes and you want to do this while they're hot that way it's so much easier to cut through the nuts and through the cranberries inside of the cookies I'm going to take a long spatula and transfer these cookies back onto my baking tray you see how I'm spacing them I'm leaving about about half a centimeter of space in between each cookie and I'm going to transfer these back into the oven I'm turning my oven temperature down to 270 degrees and I usually dry my cookies for about two hours for this thickness they're gonna be nice and crispy if you want them to be em slightly crunchy err you can keep them in the oven for a little bit longer if you wanted to be softer just leave them in there for about an hour and a half once your cookies are done baking and drying the second time around we're ready to dip them into our chocolate so I baked a batch of cookies yesterday to show you guys how to do that you want to make sure they're cooled completely before you dip them into the chocolate so today I'm going to be melting my chocolate in the microwave and we're using about two cups of semi-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips so I'm going to pour them into a glass bowl and I prefer to use a microwave simply because you have melted chocolate in three minutes just turn your power down tip out about 50% just stir them every 30 seconds every minute and to make sure your chocolate melts really smoothly and stays smooth you can always add about a teaspoon of shortening it's going to make your chocolate really smooth I'm also going to be doing the same thing about half a cup of white chocolate chips my chocolate is all smooth and melted and it's perfect for our cookies now I also have here one cup of diced pistachios and hazelnuts I just put them into my food processor dip the cookies into these for a little garnish so you want to take your cookies and get rid of the spatula just dip them one end into the chocolate and kind of just twist it around and then just twist off any excess chocolate you can also just scrape some of the excess on the rim of your bowl and I'm going to dip them into my nuts just kind of twist around and then we'll place them on to some parchment paper so I have a large sheet of parchment paper here just covered a board that I can move around just place them we're going to let these set completely I've dipped the rest of my cookies into chocolate with no nuts and I've also melted my white chocolate and now we're ready to add a little bit of garnish to these so what I'm going to do is just sit back and forth across the cookie like this you can also do it at a diagonal like this next I'm going to take a toothpick and while the chocolate is still not set I'm just going to run it through the center just pull it and it just creates this beautiful design on the cookie once you have your cookies all dipped into the chocolate just let them set overnight they'll take a couple hours to set up completely once they're set make sure to keep them in an airtight container so they retain their freshness and their crunchiness for as long as possible so I have some already here I'm going to try some with some of my favorite passionfruit tea and these go excellent with coffee with tea especially during that winter time when you want to just have something warm and delicious so I'm going to try some with some of the chocolate and the pistachio nuts these are so delicious or just have the right amount of crunchiness you bite into them and the cookie just kind of falls apart in your mouth it has that perfect biscotti just crunchiness and flavor and that chocolate on the cookies is absolute delicious my favorite part though is that salty pistachio combination with a sweet and slightly tart dried cranberries these are perfect for these cookies I hope you guys have enjoyed this video make sure to make these this holiday season it's a perfect gift to give also to your family and friends if you want to make something homemade as a gift hope you guys enjoy my video make sure to subscribe to share fall Instagram Pinterest and I'll see you next time you you
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