Cinnamon Raisin Biscotti

Author:Bon Appétit, 1995.09
Yield:2 DOZEN


large egg
1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp. brandy
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cups unbleached white flour, plus 2 tablespoons
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cups raisins
1/3 cups whole almonds, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F (180 °C). Lightly grease heavy large baking sheet. Using hand-held electric mixer, beat egg and sugar in medium bowl until very thick and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in brandy and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into egg mixture and blend well. Mix in raisins and almonds. Spoon dough onto prepared sheet to form 10- to 11-inch strip. Using moistened fingertips, shape dough into neat 11-inch-long by 2 1/2-inch-wide log.
  2. Bake until log just begins to brown and feels firm to touch, about 20 minutes. Cool cookie log on sheet 15 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
  3. Transfer cookie log to work surface. Using serrated knife, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices on same baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Turn slices over. Bake until beginning to color, about 8 minutes longer. Cool cookies completely on baking sheet (cookies will become very crisp). (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.