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Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and divide it in half. Form each half into a log 10 inches (25 cm) long. Do this by rolling the dough back and forth into a cylinder shape with floured hands. Transfer the logs to the baking sheet, spacing them well apart (width-wise on the pan), and pat to even the shapes. Bake until firm to the touch, about 25 - 30 minutes (logs will spread during baking). Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack, and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Using a long spatula transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into slices about 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick on the diagonal. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet and bake on about 8 - 10 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake until crisp and dry, about 8 - 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. 

Makes about 24 - 30 biscotti.

Note: These are wonderful with a white chocolate glaze: Melt 3 ounces (90 grams) of chopped white chocolate and 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening (or butter) in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and dip, or spread, a layer of white chocolate on the biscotti. Let the chocolate dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (45 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/2 cup (50 grams) dried cranberries

1/2 cup (90 grams) white chocolate chips