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This is the season for cheap jelly beans - either free ones from the drug stores, cheap ones bought on sale, or even cheaper ones bought on discount after Easter.
So I thought I'd share a recipe I created two years ago that used some free jelly beans - Jelly Bean Biscotti!
Here's the recipe:
JELLY BEAN BISCOTTI
4 tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 9-ounce package jelly beans
1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Add vanilla and stir. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients the butter-sugar mix a little at a time until all the dry ingredients are moistened and a soft dough is formed. Stir in the jelly beans.
Flour a flat surface, like a cutting board. Using a spatula, remove the dough from the bowl and place on the floured surface. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Cut the dough in half. Roll each half into the shape of a baguette. Place the two dough rolls on a greased cookie sheet, and flatten the rolls with your palm to make two loaves.
Using a pastry brush, coat the surface of the rolls with the beaten egg. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until the outside of the loaves is golden brown.
Allow the loaves to cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes. Then remove them and place on a flat surface. Slice each loaf diagonally into eight slices. Put them back on the cookie sheet, cut side up, and bake at 375 degrees for another 10 minutes, or until the edges of the slices are turning brown.
Transfer slices to a wire rack to cool. Makes 16 biscotti.
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