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Makes 4 1/2 dozen

The speckles are sweet in these twice-baked Italian cookies. And because biscotti are crunchy by nature, they benefit from a dip in your coffee.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients; stir well. Combine sugar, oil, and eggs; beat at medium speed of a heavy-duty electric mixer until blended. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gently stir or knead in pecans, chocolate morsels, and cranberries.

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 3 portions. Shape each portion into a 14" log; place logs several inches apart on a lightly greased large cookie sheet. Combine egg yolk and water; brush lightly over each log. Sprinkle each log with additional sugar.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let logs cool 30 minutes on cookie sheet. (This will make slicing easier.) Transfer logs to a cutting board, and cut diagonally into 3/4" slices. Place slices on two ungreased cookie sheets. Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Bake at 300° for 15 to 20 minutes or just until firm. Let cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.

Step 4

Note: If you don't own a heavy mixer, you can use a hand-held mixer until it's time to add flour; then you'll probably have to stir the last two cups of flour in by hand with a sturdy spoon.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997

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