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Cafe Brulot Biscotti

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 30 min
refrigerate at least 30 min to set icing, let sit 10 min

Cook Time: 60-75 min

Servings: makes about 32 biscotti

Recipe By: Camilla V. Saulsbury

From:  The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book
Used with permission of Sourcebooks

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Cafe Brulot Biscotti

Cafe Brulot is a traditional New Orleans coffee drink, often served flaming, flavored with spices, orange peel, lemon peel, and brandy. Here it is in crunchy biscotti form.

Ingredients
2 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffee powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package (18.25-ounce) vanilla cake mix
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
2  large eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Brandy Icing
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons brandy-flavored extract, divided
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Position rack in center of oven. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Dissolve the espresso powder in the vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the cake mix, flour, lemon zest, orange zest, melted butter, eggs, cinnamon and cloves. Blend with an electric mixer set on low speed for 2-3 minutes until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl (dough will be very stiff).

Transfer dough to prepared cookie sheet. With floured hands, shape dough into two 14 x 3-inch rectangles, 3/4-inch thick, spacing them 4-5 inches apart on sheet. Mound the dough so it is slightly higher in the middle than at the edges.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until firm to touch; remove from oven (leave oven on) and cool on sheet for 10 minutes.

Transfer rectangles to cutting board, and use a sharp kitchen knife to slice each rectangle into 3/4-inch slices on the diagonal. Carefully turn these slices onto their sides and move sheet to oven. Bake biscotti in oven until crisp, 30-40 minutes longer. Remove from oven and transfer biscotti to a rack.

Cool completely.

Prepare Brandy Icing and with a butter knife or small offset spatula spread over one side of each biscotto. Place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to set the icing. Store in an airtight container or plastic zip-top bag for 2-3 weeks.

To make Brandy Icing, combine the powdered sugar, butter and brandy flavoring in a small bowl. Add just enough milk to make icing of spreading consistency. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Makes about 32 biscotti.

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