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- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Â½ cup butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Â½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 12 oz. fresh chestnuts, shelled (about 1 lb. in the shell)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 oz. dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chestnuts in food processor and chop until fine. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and salt until well combined. Add the baking powder, chestnuts and flour, and mix well. Stir in dried cranberries.
Remove dough from bowl and form two balls. Working on a floured cutting board, shape the balls into two rectangles, about 10 inches long, 3 inches wide and Â¾ of an inch thick. Use a large, firm spatula and/or food scraper to lift each rectangle onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool rectangles on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F.
Slice each rectangle into Â¾-inch slices. Stand slices on end (one cut end down) on the baking sheet. Bake for another 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow biscotti to cool in the oven. Store in an airtight container.