Thursday, December 22, 2016

Biscotti

Every Christmas I like to bake some kind of goodies to pass out to my neighbors. It usually always consist of Boscotti. I enjoy making this Italian cookie. There are so many differnt flavors you can do. 

Biscotti is an Italian cookie- meanining "twice baked". 
Twice baked is exactly what it is. 

I use a basic recipe and add something different each time. So far my favorite is still the basic biscotti with Anise and vanilla flavoring. Then I add in some peacans, almonds or walnuts. I go nuts over nuts. I like them thrown into everything. 

 

This year besides the basic Pecan Biscotti, I made a batch of peppermint vanilla Biscotti. They turned out beautiful. Almost perfect I must say. After they cooled, I drizzeled them with white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy. My daughter said these will be perfect dipped in hot chocolate. I think shes right.

 

Speaking of chocolate, I also made a batch of chocolate Biscotti. I was dissapointed in the way these turned out. They came out too thick and crumbly with a slight gooey texture in the center. I knew I shouldn't have added the extra chocolate chips to them. Needless to say, they turned out ugly. I was ready to toss them in an old cookie jar and not share them. Then I drizzled them white chocolte I had left over from the mint ones. 
Hmmmm , ok so they dont look THAT bad. I went ahead and boxed them with the rest to give away. After all, the other ones were so pretty, the chocolate ones will just proove that they cant always be perfect. Not always. 

 

I will take a walk around the block and gives these away tonight as I wish them all a Merry Christmas. 

Vanilla Peppermint Biscotti

Ingredients 
6 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
Dash of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
2 cups all all purpose flour

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease one large cookie sheet.

Beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, mint, and baking powder until the mixture is smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Mix the flour in (on low speed) and mix until smooth.
Place dough onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into one large or two small logs.
The dough is sticky so use a spatchla to shape and smooth the dough.

Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Reduce the heat to 325F.
Let the dough cool some and cut into 1/2 inch slices.
Separate the biscotti slices and lay them on their side.
Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake another 15 minutes.
Place on a rack to cool and store in an airtight container.


17 comments:

  1. I have a friend who makes cranberry biscotti, and dips the bottom in chocolate - - I am anxiously awaiting a delivery any minute!! Yours look delicious!! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Patti! Yes! I love those kind too! You Have a Merry Christmas too!
      Lisa

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  2. I had no idea Biscotti meant twice baked.
    Looks good and you are a sweetie for the 'delicious' Christmas gifts. (MY wife would argue that nothing chocolate could be a failure!) LOL MERRY CHRISTMAS

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    1. Well, she does have a point there. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  3. I love the snowflakes falling on your post!!

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    1. Thank you! Mrs Bj (commenting below) helped me with that.

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  4. I've had some cookies called Biscotti before

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    1. I think I have seen them in cookie form too.

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  5. I think I must be your long lost OLDER sister...much much older...ok, your mother #2...we seem to like a lot of the same things and Biscotti is one of them...I am going to try making these for New Year's..
    Oh, and, my, how I love your falling snow here. :)

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  6. I like Biscotti too and I think they all look delicious. I've never made any but I've copied the recipe and will give it a try.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. you can search my blog for "biscotti" and you will find some more recipes Ive made as well. Enjoy

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  7. I'll say one thing... This is one way to get your husband to take you dancing (exercise, to burn calories).
    Thanks for the recipe

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  8. Hey Lisa....your biscotti looks pretty. I like food that's pretty and tasty. I've never made biscotti before, but I'll have to try yours. Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Its a hard cookie that melts to a soft cookie when dipped in coffee or hot chocolate. Merry Christmas!

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  9. I use almond not vanilla in mine. Different cultures calls ours Mandelbrodt or kamishbrot. What distinquishes it from biscotti is a softer middle. BUT regardless your treats look scrumptious too.

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