Christmas Biscotti In A Jar
3/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped shelled green pistachios
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup Vanilla Sugar (recipe at bottom)
Quart jars come in a range of shapes with varying amounts of
headroom. The best mix recipes are flexible enough to allow
you to add a few extra pieces of fruit, candy or nuts if
necessary to tightly pack the contents and keep the layer
Layer the ingredients in a 1-quart canning jar. Tap jar gently
on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one.
Add additional dried fruits or pistachios to fill small gaps,
if necessary. Makes 1 jar.
Gift Tag Directions:
Beat 1/3 cup butter (no substitutes) in a large
mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Beat in 2 eggs. Stir in jar contents just till combined using a
wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill till easy to
handle, if necessary. Shape each portion of dough into a 9 inch
loaf. Place loaves 4 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet,
flattening slightly till 2 inches wide. Bake in a 375 oven for 25
to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center
comes out clean. Cool loaves on the cookie sheet for 1 hour. Cut
each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated
knife. Place slices, cut sides down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 325 oven for 8 minutes. Turn slices over; bake 8 to 10
minutes more or till dry and crisp. Cool on wire rack. Makes 32.
Vanilla Sugar -
Fill a quart jar with 4 cups sugar. Cut a vanilla bean in half
lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store
in a cool dry place for several weeks before using. Will keep