Vanilla Bean Biscotti
|Vanilla bean/2 teaspoons vanilla||1 , split|
|All purpose flour||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Tablespoon|
|Sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Butter||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), melted and cooled|
Grease a very large cookie sheet; set aside.
Scrape seeds from the vanilla bean, if using; set aside.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 1 minute.
Gradually beat in sugar, beating on high speed for 1 minute.
Beat in butter and vanilla seeds or vanilla extract, if using, on low speed until combined.
Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer.
Stir in any remaining flour mixture with a wooden spoon.
Divide dough into thirds.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 14x 1 1/2-inch log.
Place logs 2 1/2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.Bake in a 325° oven for 25 minutes or until firm and light brown.
Cool on cookie sheet on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Transfer each log to a large cutting board.
with a serrated knife, gently slice each log diagonally into 1/2-inch slices.
Arrange slices, cut side down, on the cookie sheet.Bake slices for 10 minutes.
Turn slices and bake 10 minutes more or until crisp and lightly browned.
Remove and cool on the cookie sheet on a wire rack.