Monday, December 21, 2009

Candy Cane Biscotti

I was a bit nervous making this treat because I have never attempted biscotti before. I was excited to see how simple this recipe was to follow. These minty treats tasted great with my newest addiction this holiday season. That is Coffeemate's peppermint mocha non-dairy creamer. It truly reminds me of a starbucks peppermint mocha when I add it to my coffee. Anyway, back to the recipe. I gifted these to coworkers along with a few other treats. I plan on making another batch, and possibly some other biscotti, to have around this week. The recipe below is taken from Pennies on a Platter.

You will need:
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
*1/2 cup granulated sugar
*3 large eggs
*2/3 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
*14 ounces fine quality white chocolate, melted (I used what I had on hand-10 oz)
*extra crushed candy canes to sprinkle on top

1) Preheat oven to 350˚.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3)In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined – stir in crushed candy.

4) Evenly divide dough into 4 pieces on a lightly floured surface. Shape each piece into 9″ x 1 1/2″ round log. Place logs 3 inches apart onto parchment-lined baking sheet.

5) Bake until tops are cracked and ends just start to turn light brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 325. Cool logs 10 minutes on cookie sheet.

6) Cut each log diagonally into 1/2″ slices with sharp serrated knife. (Discard ends, if you want.) Arrange pieces standing up back onto the baking sheet.

7) Bake until cookies are light golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 12 to 15 minutes. The centers may still be a little soft, but will firm up as they cool. Place onto cool rack and cool completely.

8) Dip half of each biscotti into melted chocolate – shake off excess. Immediately sprinkle with additional crushed candy canes and set on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet until the chocolate has set.

This recipe makes just under 4 dozen.

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