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Chocolate Biscotti

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Cocoa powder gives this twice-baked treat its rich chocolate taste. Great with a mug of coffee, cup of tea, or glass of ice cold milk.

NotesDecorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

About36 cookies

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Coursedessert, snack

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealsnack, tea

Type of Dishchocolate dessert, cookie, dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup usweetenend cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Creating the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-pint wide-mouth canning jar.

  3. Layer the ingredients in the jar, pressing firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as level as possible. For best results, when adding the flour, add a little at a time, firmly tamping after each addition.

  4. Secure the lid and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the instructions for making the cookies found below.

  5. CHOCOLATE BISCOTTI

  6. Yield: About 36 cookies

  7. In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredients:

  8. 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  9. 2 eggs

  10. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  11. ½ cup chopped almonds

  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer set on low speed. Add the contents of the Jar, and mix until well combined. Stir In the almonds. Gather the mixture Into a ball and knead to form a moist cookie dough. Divide In half. Shape each half Into a 12-inch log, ½ inch high and 1½-inches wide. Place on greased baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool for 5 minutes, Cut logs diagonally Into ½-inch slices, and arrange on baking sheet cut side down. Return to oven for 15 minutes to dry slightly. Cool completely. Serve immediately, or store In an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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