This recipe was given to me by my Grandmother Nancy (Saccuzzo). She was a great little Italian Nana. She taught me how to cook and was an inspiration in my life.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1/2 pound butter
- 2 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 eggs
- 7 teaspoons baking powder
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons anise extract
- 3 teaspoons anise seed
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 2 egg yolks
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C ).
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs while mixing. Sift together the flour and baking powder; stir into the egg mixture . For plain biscotti, do not add anything else. For anise biscotti, add the anise extract and anise seed. Add walnuts if desired.
Roll dough out into 4 logs as long as your baking sheet will allow. Press down each one to about 3/4 inch in height, and 3 inches wide. Brush with egg yolks and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Slice on a diagonal slant, slices should be about 3/4 inch wide. Place slices back onto the cookie sheet and return to the oven for 10 more minutes, cookies should be dry and lightly toasted.