When thinking about giving holiday cookies as gifts this year, there are always a few major considerations. First and foremost, are they delicious? Second, will they keep until the recipient receives them? Last, are they shippable? The winner in all three of these categories is the humble yet delicious biscotti. Biscotti is a long biscuit cookie with a crunchy texture that's achieved by double-baking. There are any number of variations: Cranberry Pistachio or Chocolate Almond, for example. I love dried fig and hazelnut or the simple combination of cardamom and vanilla. Once you get the hang of baking and slicing the dough, biscotti is about as simple a recipe as they come and, in my experience, tends to be one of those things that friends and family find much fancier and labor-intensive than it really is. The best part? Because of their firm, snappy texture, biscotti ship beautifully and has a long shelf-life (2-3 weeks) so you can begin the gifting now!
(Images: Stephanie Barlow)