Caramel Apple Biscotti

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 27th, 2017 | Breakfast Dishes, Desserts, Recipes
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The classic fall treat turned into a baked good!

As I’ve mentioned, one of the things that I love about fall is the abundance of apples. Another thing that I love about fall and try to indulge in once each season is a caramel apple. There’s something so wonderful about the sticky, sweet mess that treat is. Yes, I know I’ll need a washcloth (or two) when I’m done, but it’s worth it.

When I started thinking about new recipes to create this fall, apples obviously played a key part in my brainstorming. I began to wonder how I could get apples into a biscotti recipe. Would they need to be dried, or could I use fresh? What sort of glaze or coating could I use to up the sweet factor? Yes, these are some of the things I get to think about in this job.

I decided to start with fresh, and if they didn’t work, resort to dried fruit. To test the recipes fully I tried two different versions of fresh apples- cubed and shredded. My initial supposition was that shredded would be the winner, as I could remove moisture by squeezing the shredded apple before baking. It did produce a dry biscotti with less baking, but it also had less flavor. Less moisture = less apple taste 🙁

So, cubed apples were the winner, although they did require a bit more baking time. However, biscotti aren’t the quickest treats to bake, so what’s a couple minutes more? The next decision was how to impart some more sweetness. Thankfully, on a trip to the grocery store I discovered a new item in the baking aisle- caramel chips. When you eat one, it tastes exactly like the caramel sauce that you’d pour on a sundae. Win! Win!

These Caramel Apple Biscotti deliver on the promised flavor. . .with a lot less mess while eating. Plus, no one will look at you twice if you eat one for breakfast. A truly sweet victory!

Caramel Apple Biscotti

Yields 24
A baked good that has all the flavor of that fall treat


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
54 min

Total Time
1 hr 10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
54 min

Total Time
1 hr 10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1-1/4 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1-1/2 cups diced apples
  10. 1 cup caramel baking chips
  11. 1 tsp. shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract, beating until smooth.
  4. Slowly add flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, mixing until combined.
  5. Stir diced apple into dough.
  6. Divide dough in half.
  7. Shape each half into 11″ x 2″ rectangle, using floured hands.
  8. Set each loaf 2″ apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough is set.
  10. Leaving the oven on, remove the biscotti loaves and cool for 15 minutes on cookie sheet.
  11. Using a chef’s knife, cut the loaves into diagonal slices, 1/2″ thick.
  12. Place slices on cookie sheet with the cut sides down. Bake for 12 minutes.
  13. Turn over slices, and bake for 12 minutes more.
  14. Remove biscotti from oven, and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  15. Combine caramel chips and shortening in a small bowl.
  16. Microwave on high in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until fully melted.
  17. Using a spoon, coat one side of biscotti with caramel.
  18. Return to parchment paper to allow coating to harden.*
Notes
  1. Placing coated biscotti in refrigerator will allow the coating to harden more quickly.
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