What is Biscotti anyway?

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Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies often containing nuts or flavored with anise. Traditionally, biscotti are made by baking cookie dough in two long slabs and cutting them into half inch thick pieces. Then they are reheated allowing them to dry them out, the longer the heating, the harder the cookies. Originally the cookies were twice-baked so they could be stored for long periods of time.

Biscotti come in many varieties. In different regions of Italy, biscotti are prepared or flavoured differently. In Tuscany they are often eaten with vin santo, though in other parts of the world (particularly the United States) biscotti are considered an essential part of the espresso bar experience. The generally hard texture of biscotti makes the cookie ideal for dipping in coffee or wine.

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