Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oatmeal Spice Biscotti

For the last cookie installment before I leave for home, I bring you these biscotti.   Reminiscent of oatmeal cookies, kicked up a few notches with some spices.  Apparently I was in the mood to spice things up this holiday season :)

The dough for this biscotti was different than I'd worked with before, in that it was pretty wet.  I trusted Nicole and continued on, and it all worked out!   I even managed to salvage the one I took out of the oven too early ;)


Not too sweet, I thought these were a good accompaniment to the other cookies I made.  They had a nice spicy quality to them, but not so much that I could taste anything savory.  Thoroughly enjoyed with a mug of tea!

Oatmeal Spice Biscotti
adapted from Baking Bites

2c flour (I used a blend of AP and white whole wheat)
1/2c rolled oats
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1/2t salt
1t cinnamon
3/4t freshly ground nutmet
3/4t ground ginger
3/4t cumin
pinch of cloves
pinch of cayenne pepper
3 eggs, RT
1/2c sugar
1/2c brown sugar
1t vanilla extract
1/2c raisins

Preheat oven to 350deg.

Combine dry ingredients (flour through spices) in medium bowl and whisk until well combined.

In a stand mixer (or large bowl), beat eggs on medium speed.  Slowly add in both sugars and continue beating until light and smooth, a few minutes.  Fold in vanilla, flour mixture and raisins.    As the batter is quite wet, you will be able to pour out the batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  I used my spatula to form regtangular shapes ~1" high, on two cookie sheets.  Sprinkle extra oats on top of dough.   Bake in preheated oven 25-30min, until browned on the edges and not soft to the touch.  (If you're not sure, try to lift it up with a spatula, if it seems dough on the underside it's not done yet)

Remove from oven and turn oven down to 300deg.   Use parchment paper to transfer logs to cutting surface.  Use a serrated knife to cut into ~1" slices, then lay biscotti on their side back on the cookie sheets.  Bake 15min, then flip over and bake another 15min.   The cookies should be firm at this point, if they're not add on another 10min.  Transfer biscotti to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

I also made some Coffee Shortbread w/Crystallized Ginger (see below, delicious!), Seven Layers (always a favorite) and Maple Bacon Oatmeal Cookies.  And now I need a sugar detox :)  At least they've all been delivered and enjoyed by friends and family!!

Coffee Shortbread w/Crystallized Ginger

Here's to a wonderful holiday season, filled with cookies and cheer!!!  


Kelly said...

Wow. That is one wet looking dough. I had a similar experience once with some chocolate biscotti I made from cooking light. What's interesting is that I cannot tell from the ingredient list what makes it so wet! I always use the base recipe that is in one of my King Arthur Flour baking books as my starting point and then augment it with whatever flavors I am feeling. My mom loves biscotti so I used to bake it all the time, but haven't lately. This is making me think I should soon.

Unknown said...

oh I love the candied ginger touch! Nice. Do you think almond flour or coconut flour would also work?

Lauren said...

Oh YUM! Oatmeal in cookie form:). I'm intrigued by the addition of cumin & cayenne - certainly not spices you'd typically expect in a cookie recipe, but as you mention, it sounds like their distinct flavors we not really discernible.

Have a wonderful holiday, Shannon!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Wow, this biscotti looks fantastic! It is always tough to trust a recipe for the first time but I'm glad it all turned out well!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Wow, you've been baking your little heart out. I can't believe that wet dough produced biscotti! Was it extra moist at the end too? That could be kind of good. I hate the ones that break your teeth. lol

Joanne said...

Haha by spice you really mean SPICE. These sound awesome! I told my mom I wasn't making biscotti this year and she almost cried. I would love to shock her tastebuds with these!

Diana said...

Aaah, 7-layer bars = happiness. :)

I've only made biscotti once so it must be about time I tried again!

Kerstin said...

I was waiting for this one! I still can't get over the cumin and cayenne - so unexpected but I can totally see how it works! Merry Christmas!!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Mmm sounds perfect with a cup of tea!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Ooooh these definitely seem very holiday-ish! I love baked goods with oatmeal - I can convince myself that they're healthy! ;) Hope you had a nice holiday weekend!

Erica said...

I TOTALLY am making these. I am a huge biscotti fan and I like that these contain oatmeal.

We Are Not Martha said...

The biscotti looks awesome, but I reallyy need to make the coffee shortbread with crystallized ginger. Yum!


Reeni said...

The spicy biscotti sound right up my alley - I'm intrigued by the cumin in them! That's so different. The shortbread look delectable too. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

brandi said...

I have never made biscotti! But it's on my list :)

Rosiecat24 said...

Goodness, you HAVE been busy in the kitchen! And I hear you on the sugar detox. It's been a really indulgent month, and I'm looking forward to eating more fruits and vegetables and less sugar. I have no regrets, but I'm ready for a clean start in the new year.

Jess said...

So I totally didn't have time to catch up on blogs until now and now I wish I had read this before Christmas! You did some serious baking!

Bridget said...

These all sound so good! I've been looking at biscotti recipes this week, maybe Sunday so I can have one with my coffee in the morning at work :) These are also making me excited for the cookie swap!! Which I just remembered I still havent RSVP'd!

Esi said...

ooh, these sound so good. Hope your holidays were great. Happy new year!

Alicia said...

I love biscotti, and anything baked with oatmeal. Looks great! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year's!

Mother Rimmy said...

Love the biscotti. What a terrific combination of spices, and with the oatmeal, you have to feel good about eating this treat.

a frog in the cottage said...

oh god, i can't resist all these spices !!!

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