This is a sweet spice Biscotti with Walnuts, apricots, orange zest, and white chocolate orange zest icing. The recipe originated as another cookie. I tweaked and changed it. I turned it in to a delicious Biscotti. Enjoy!
1heat oven to 350 degree's
whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure to chop up any lumps from the brown sugar.Whisk until very well incorporated.
2add the apricots and nuts and stir really well.
add the molasses, orange juice, orange zest, eggs,and butter.
3put your hands in the bowl and knead the dough. knead until all ingredients are well mixed. This will take about 5 minutes. Be patient. Just keep squeezing the dough together when kneading it. It will become smooth and moist after kneading it well.
4Flour your hands well. Take the ball of dough and place on parchment or waxed paper. Make in to a log about 4-5 inches wide by 16- 18 inches long and 1 inch in thickness.Pick up log and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.(butter the sheet pan before applying the parchment on top. this will help keep the parchment in place.)
5Bake at 350 for 30-40 min.. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Leave log on sheet pan.
Cut slices with a serrated knife about one inch or less in thickness.
6lay the pieces you cut on their sides on the parchment lined pan.Put back in the oven for 10 minutes. do not over brown. It depends on how hard you like your Biscotti. The longer you bake them. The harder they will be. I prefer them harder, and crunchy. Remove from oven and flip cookie over. Return to the oven.Bake again for 10 You can bake them longer for a crispier Biscotti. Also they harden up more after they cool.
7Let Biscotti cool thoroughly. Next Pick up Biscotti and line them up on the pan smooth side up like the log is being put back together. Put cookies close as possible.
8make the icing. Melt the white chips with the shortening,and milk in microwave. set timer for 2 minutes. Stop every 30 seconds or so to stir. When they are all nicely melted add the orange zest and stir well. Take the icing and drizzle all over the top of the Biscotti.
9let it set in refrigerator for a few minutes. Some cookies may be stuck together after doing this. Simply get the knife and score on area's where they were sliced. Now they are ready to serve. Keep in an air tight container,or you may freeze them.