Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

I feel like someone is standing above our town dumping bag after bag of snow over us! Does anyone else feel this way? It wouldn't get on my nerves so much if we could just stay inside and didn't have to venture out into it . . . or if I just went outside to watch it fall rather than donning my boots to dig my car out . . . oh well . . . I knew it was coming I was just hoping that it would stay off of the roads this year!
Dare to dream! In fact my hometown is getting dumped on which is VERY unusual since it is a hoarding place for snowbirds to go and get away from cold weather. But talking to my Mutti revealed that they too have been getting snow . . . and she is thrilled! Of course she was raised in the colder parts of the state . . . whereas I am a light foot in the cold/snow department. When I first started college my little sisters were always so excited when we talked on the phone and they heard that it was snowing . . . of course they have never experienced the joys of traipsing across campus hoping not to fall and and biff it in front of a cute guy or getting to class looking like a wet dog! (You missed out ladies!)
Snow is a good time to do some baking though! I love being all warm inside and turning on some Christmas tunes . . . rocking out to Jingle Bells and enjoying the scents of the season wafting through my house! In fact baking this year has led me to a new love! Biscotti! I have found/seen some great biscotti recipes but when I found this one and saw how easy it was . . . it won over my kitchen! Plus my handsome hubby got in on the game as my chocolate drizzler! These are going to be great to give away this year!

Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Recipe by: Betty Crocker

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts (I used sliced almonds)
1/2 cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1.Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, egg, flour, hazelnuts and cranberries until stiff dough forms. Shape half of dough at a time into 8x2 1/2-inch rectangle on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet 15 minutes.
2. Cut crosswise into 3/4-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until crisp. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
3. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, with 1/4 tsp cooking oil, on High 30 to 60 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over one side of each biscotti. Let stand until chocolate is set. (The oil helps keep the chocolate from drying out and becoming discolored and white)
Okay after trying these cookies I am major hooked! They are DELICIOUS! They have a great cookie taste/texture left even though they are crispy! They are great!


Lisa said...

Wow, these look so easy. I have some BC mix in my pantry and I think I am going to use it.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

These are BEAUTIFUL Emily! I also love the way they are packaged for giving. Who wouldn't be happy to receive those?!

Very nice!

Cheri Sicard said...

I have never tried a cookie mix for biscotti before, but will give a whirl. Thanks for the idea.

I live in Big Bear Lake, CA and we have more snow than I have seen here before. It comes up to the top of my legs. We had to shovel a path so the dogs could go out cause it's definitely taller than my medium sized dogs.

Michelle said...

Ohmigosh, I am drooling....drooling...drooling. These looks delicious! I don't think I've ever seen chocolate chip biscotti. They look so pretty as a gift!

Pam said...

This would make my coffee so much better right now. Tasty recipe!

KatieM said...

these look beautiful! I made biscotti last year as xmas gifts for some friends, and I'll tell ya- they're a hit! This year I drizzled white choc over them and spinkle peppermint bits on them, but yours are spectacular! and they look so uniform. I'm impressed, once again. Merry CHristmas dear emily!

Sandy said...

Emily, that looks fantastic!
Merry Christmas!

EAT! said...

I love biscotti and the chocolate chips and cranberries would be fantastic in it.