Holiday Biscotti

On Sunday I made this festive biscotti as part of some gift packages that I sent to friends and family out-of-state. And although no cast iron was used, I still think it’s a fun and easy recipe to share. Try it and enjoy with your coffee, tea or cocoa.

And my apologies for no step-by-step photos. I made a number of treats all day and my kitchen was an explosion of flour, eggs, spices and icing. It was an absolute mess, but the entire house smelled wonderful.

So follow the steps without photos (I know you can do it!). Biscotti is pretty easy to make – you just have to bake it a few times.

1/2 cup Sugar
2 Tbsps. Butter
4 Egg Whites, lightly beaten
2 tsps. Vanilla
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 tsps. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup each chocolate and white chocolate chips
Candy Cane, crushed into small bits

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat sugar and butter in medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add egg whites and vanilla; mix well.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; mix well. Stir int the egg white mixture and blend well with mixer.

Spray two 9 x 5 loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly divide biscotti dough between the prepared pans. With wet fingertips, spread the dough evenly over the bottom of the two pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and turn over onto a wire rack. When cool enough to handle, cut each loaf into 16 slices, each about 1/2-inch thick. Place the slices on a baking sheets lined with parchment paper or coated with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes; then turn and bake other side for 5 minutes until golden brown.

Place biscotti on wire rack to cool.

Once cool, melt the chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a pot with simmering water.

IMG_7270Dunk one tip of each biscotti into the melted chocolate and place the biscotti on the wire racks lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the candy cane bits on the chocolate. Let the biscotti rest on the wire racks until the chocolate is set.

Leave them out for Santa with a big mug of hot cocoa. There will be no coal in your stocking this year!


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