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biscotti/chocolate dipped biscotti
There is an easy way to do this and a hard way. The easy way is getting some pre-made biscotti and dipping it in melted chocolate. For a special touch, roll in nuts and let cool. Place in a nice coffee cup or tin, wrap up in cellophane and voila! Instant gourmet.

Of course, if you've got the time, making your own biscotti is even better, and will save you money too. Here's an easy recipe:

classic biscotti (makes about 24)
cup butter
cup sugar
cup toasted almonds
2 eggs (room temperature)
2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 cup of flour and 1 cups wheat pastry flour)
1 tsp baking powder
tsp salt
1 tsp of almond or vanilla extract
zest of one orange

1 Preheat oven to 350F.
2 Cream the butter and sugar and add eggs (one at a time); mix until smooth. Add the zest and flavored extract and mix until well blended.
3 In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and then sift into the wet ingredients. Stir in almonds.
4 On a floured board or countertop, divide dough in half and roll each half into a log (10" long by 1.5"). Place both rolls on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Take rolls out and let cool on baking sheet for five minutes; cut cooled rolls into diagonal slices (the way biscotti normally looks). Lay slices flat on the cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes; turn over slices and bake for another 8-10 minutes until you note a warm golden color. Remove and cool on cookie sheets. When the biscotti are completely cool, place in a nice airtight container or wrap up in cellophane to give out.

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