Friday, December 4, 2009

Peppermint Candy Biscotti

My mom in law made me this Peppermint Biscotti this year to add to my display. I had a very hard time leaving them for display and she has already had to bring me another batch .. .and the recipe to share with them.
Her friend Sally gave her the recipe which she had found in a Land O' Lakes recipe pamphlet. I found the identical recipe online.

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 14 ounces vanilla candy coating *
  • several drops red or pink food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • additional crushed peppermint candy to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. Combine the soft butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Beat until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs and continue beating until well mixed.
  5. At low speed . ..add the dry ingredients and then the crushed candy.
  6. Divide the dough into four pieces and with floured hands .. make each piece into a 9 by 1 1/2 inch log.
  7. Place the logs 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the tops are cracked and they just begin to brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 325 F.
  11. Carefully remove and slice each log into 1/2 inch slices with a serrated knife.
  12. Arrange pieces back on the the cookie sheet cut side down.
  13. Continue to bake for another 12 - 14 minutes turning once until light golden brown. and crisp on both sides. Remove to cool on wire racks.
  14. Place candy coating in a saucepan and melt very slowly. Remove from heat.
  15. Stir in food coloring and peppermint extract.
  16. Dip each Biscotti part way into the warm coating and sprinkle with crushed candy canes and allow to set on a wire rack.

* My mom used Wilton white candy coating. She found it worked better than other white coatings. It stayed thicker and wasn't as drippy as others.


16 comments:

  1. YUM! I have a similar recipe that makes a shortbread cookie. When it's done baking, you dip the top in melted vanilla candy coating and then chopped up peppermint. I will have to try this version...looks heavenly! I also decorated a cake this week with chopped up peppermint candies, that was really delicious!

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  2. great idea to addto my cookie tray~

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  3. Wow..these look fantastic Lovella! Dare I add one more kind of cookie to my list..

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  4. I can almost taste them...theses look great!

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  5. Oh! I think my granddaughters will love this! Candycanes have always been a favorite candy of theirs. I'll suprise them this Christmas with this treat! Thank you for this recipe!!

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  6. Oh, please stop it already!! Too many fantastic things to try. My Christmas trays this year (actually, this is the first year for making Christmas trays thanks to you and your wonderful blog) include your easy bourbon balls, snow drops and lemon lassies. I've also found an easy recipe for coconut macaroons (2 egg whites whipped to soft peak; add 2/3c sugar; beat until stiff peak; fold in 1&3/4c flaked coconut; bake at 325 till lightly brown-in my oven that's 15min) that will be included. Loving the Christmas baking!! I've been trying recipes out since early October in preparation.

    Now it's game time.....

    Happy Christmas to you,
    -TL (dj kosmotronix' wife)

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  7. I have often found recipes on that Land o'lakes website. It is a good one, but not nearly as good as MGCC. Keep those Christmas favourites coming! Merry Christmas from Saskatchewan!

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  8. What a fun recipe for Christmas!

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  9. yummy I will have to make these....Barb

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  10. Oh my, I do love peppermint. I think I cannot say no to these. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe.

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  11. I officially quit the diet. I am going to the kitchen and make these. I am in love!

    Thanks,

    Matty

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  12. I am soooo going to have to try this! Thanks so much!!

    Anjenaette

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  13. Thanks for the idea Lovella! I used Julie's gluten free Biscotti recipe (minus the chocolate) and used your technique and flavorings - they're wonderful and my house smells amazing! Thanks again, Ruth

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  14. Holy Cow these are GREAT! I had a hard time resisting the dough. :) Will have to make up more as I ate quiet a bit of them.

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  15. Where do you purchase the popcorn twists????

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  16. To answer the random question about popcorn twists ...I don't know wehre you live... but in Canada they can be found along with potato chips etc.
    Apparently they can not be found in the US. If you look on the popcorn twist post.. there are some suggestions for alternatives.
    I made these several times this year and would be willing to order them online ... they are very good!

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