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Cranberry-orange Biscotti

Author/Submitted by: Quick & Healthy November-December 1996
Servings: 48
Categories: Biscotti / Cookies / Desserts

1/2  cup  sugar
1/2  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
1/4  cup  margarine or butter, softened
2  teaspoons  grated orange peel
3    eggs
3  cups  all purpose flour
3  teaspoons  baking powder
3/4  cup  sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
1/4  cup  chopped almonds
1  cup  powdered sugar
1/2  teaspoon  grated orange peel
4  teaspoons  skim milk

Heat oven to 350. Spray 1 large or 2 small cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and margarine; beat until well blended. Add 2 teaspoons orange peel and eggs; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in cranberries and almonds. With spray-coated hands, shape dough into 3 rolls, about 7 inches long. Place rolls at least 3 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet; flatten each to form 3/4 inch thick rectangle, about 3 inches wide and 7 inches long. Bake at 350 for 18-25 minutes or until rectangles are light golden brown and centers are firm to the touch. Place rectangles on wire racks; cool 5 minutes. Wipe cookie sheet clean. With serrated knife, cut each rectangle into 1/2 inch slices; place cut side up, on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until top surface is slightly dry. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 6 to 8 minutes or until top surface is slighlty dry. Remove cookies from cookie sheets; cool completely on wire racks. In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until glaze is set. Store tightly covered. Makes about 4 dozen cookies. 80 calories per cookie--20 calories from fat--2 grams of fat per cookie.

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