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Candy Cane Biscotti

So my plan for last night was leftovers for dinner and pumpkin souffle for a special dessert — my LAST pumpkin recipe of the season...I think. No promises. I’ll never tire of pumpkin.

But then I got home, pounded out a quick 4-mile run while catching up with my DVR, and then decided that putting up the Christmas tree would be my evening activity. Check!

Our tree has orange and blue ball ornaments, and little basketballs. Not very classic, but very “us”. My Cubs ornaments are going on as soon as Mr. Prevention turns his back. 😉 (He’s a Cardinals fan – bleck!) Note to self: get a skirt for the tree!

I absolutely love meaningful ornaments, though. My mom got us the cutest ornament last year for our first Christmas together:

It’s our wedding party 🙂 You even got to customize the hair color, it’s darling!!

After all the holiday decorating, pumpkin just wasn’t meant to be. I changed my plans and made Candy Cane Biscotti. At least I still had leftovers for dinner. Mr. Prevention wasn’t interested in leftovers and opted to order Hungry Howie’s Pizza (it’s as terrible as it sounds, too).

Big. Fat. Eye. Roll. What am I going to do with him!?

I called my parents to chat while I was dipping my biscotti in the white chocolate. I should’ve known better than to call before I had my parchment paper in place…mama hates when I multi-task and make a ruckus in the background! But she was super impressed that I had tackled biscotti and like myself, was under the impression that they were difficult to make. Nope, nope, nope…very easy! 😀

…But you should let others be impressed by your biscotti skills. I know I plan to…except you guys, you’re in on my secret …assuming you haven’t just skipped to the pictures and recipe, that is 😉

Candy Cane Biscotti from Loves to Eat, originally from Culinary in the Country

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2/3 cup + 3 Tbsp finely crushed peppermint candy canes (about 8 canes)
14 ounces fine quality white chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350° F.

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

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, 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.

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. 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° F. Cool logs 10 minutes on cookie sheet.

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.
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.

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. Yield: 42 biscotti.

Nutrition Information (per biscotti): 113 calories; 5.1 g. fat; 15 mg. cholesterol; 48 mg. sodium; 16 g. carbohydrate; 1.2 g. fiber

Result: These are delicious and the quintessential Christmas coffee treat! And like I told my mom, they really are simple…nothing to fear about biscotti-making! My co-workers were just chatting about biscotti and I am sure they will be very happy to enjoy these 🙂 Mr. P gives a big thumbs up, too!

I have THREE cookie exchanges this year and I am making Christmas cookies to take back to Chicago and Champaign. I am excited to be a baking QUEEN! And I have just the place to store all my delights: in Christmas tins on the top shelf in our garage! Having cookies hanging around til Christmas is just not an option!! Make a plan before one turns into TWELVE!! It’s so easy to do with all the decadent delights!

Question: What are you up to this weekend? Any baking plans? Have you made biscotti before?


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  1. December 3, 2010 / 7:01 am

    Looks lovely and perfect for this festive occasion:)

  2. December 3, 2010 / 7:36 am

    Those are SO cute!! I love them! And I love your wedding ornament– we have bride and groom ornaments that we got for Christmas when we were engaged ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 3, 2010 / 7:57 am

    haha, Howie’s?! Mark, shame on you!

    I love your ornament of your wedding party. What a great gift from your mom. I will HAVE to request one of those myself, it’s adorable!! Your tree looks great too. We will be decorating ours on Sunday, hopefully.

    No baking plans for me, just tons of granola (which, isn’t baked….). I am giving it out for gifts. It’s simple, and delicious, so why not?! I have never made biscotti because I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan. I don’t like crunchy sweets, I like soft and gooey. Maybe if it was dunked in some coffee for like ten minutes?!

  4. December 3, 2010 / 8:58 am

    Where did you Mom get that ornament? I love it and need to order some now! : )

  5. Grace Dickinson
    December 3, 2010 / 8:59 am

    Nice tree. I can’t wait to go home and help my parents put one up! That biscotti sounds delish. Peppermint biscotti with a side of chocolaty hot cocoa…um, yes!

  6. December 3, 2010 / 9:17 am

    B eautiful tree ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the holiday season!

    That biscotti…um, wow, making that ASAP for Christmas presents! Thank you!

  7. December 3, 2010 / 9:31 am

    love that ornament!! We got one this year that says our first christmas, but its not nearly as cute as yours!!

  8. December 3, 2010 / 10:01 am

    Those look amazing! I never thought of candy cane biscotti. I’ve used candy cane to make chocolate xmas bark before but I’m thinking I must attempt this recipe. I’m thinking my hot coco loving friends and family will enjoy the biscotti too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. December 3, 2010 / 10:08 am

    those are so festive! LOOKS AWESOME!! I <3 candy cane flavored things, but hate candy canes! weird, huh?

  10. December 3, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Biscotti is simple! I make it every year for cookie baskets for the aunts/uncles. I’ve never made candy cane biscotti though, what a yummy idea!

  11. December 3, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    I love candy cane biscotti…so festive this time of year! Looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christina @ Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

  12. December 3, 2010 / 12:43 pm

    I love meaningful ornaments, too! LOVE yours!!!

    Baking? Me? Not so much… I just “can’t” follow a recipe… But I plan to make at least one batch of cookies this year… We’ll see how it goes! Your biscotti look and sound amazing!

    Have a great weekend!

  13. December 3, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    I’ve made biscotti before, my favourite is double chocolate chunk. I like when the chocolate melts in my coffee.
    I LOVE the sound of this recipe. I can just imagine dunking one of those into a big mug of hot chocolate and the white chocolate getting all soft and melty. MMMM

  14. December 3, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    I’m going home this weekend to have a bakefest with my mom, aunt, and cousin! We do it every year and it’s so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. December 3, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    Those biscotti look delish! I was always fearful to make them but you have given me hope!
    I love your tree..I got lazy and haven’t put up mine. I might pass on it this year. It is just me at my place and no one will know. hehe.

  16. December 3, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    Biscotti are one of my FAVORITE christmas treats! They keep forever and are always so delicious. Especially when dipped in white chocolate. Good stuff.

    You should never say never about pumpkin. It’s far too addictive. You just can’t run from it.

  17. December 3, 2010 / 2:15 pm

    Cubs Fan????? Nicole! Mark needs to convert you to a Cardinals fan asap! Love the ornament. That recipes looks great too!

  18. December 3, 2010 / 3:22 pm

    I love that ornament! That is so cute!!

  19. December 3, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    I was just looking for this recipe! They look so good!

  20. December 4, 2010 / 12:03 am

    What a fun holiday cookie recipe! I’ve actually never made biscotti and that so needs to change!

  21. December 4, 2010 / 9:17 am

    Love the looks of the biscotti!! I never have good luck making it though, I need some practice!

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