Christmas Biscotti

I intended to create a festive cranberry-pistachio biscotti combo last Christmas but ran out of time. Twelve months later, I finally did it! One of the advantages of waiting is that I had white chocolate chips on hand this year. I’ve been experimenting with them lately; otherwise, it never would have occurred to me [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Apple Cinnamon Swirls

The first iteration of this dough was used for bagels, and it has since been formed into miniature cinnamon “snails” and raisin-stuffed loaves. My favorite variation—and that of our children—is this one. Loaded with apples, cinnamon and whole grains, these breakfast rolls are often requested at other times throughout the day.

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Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Party Biscotti

These cookies make great gifts, but after tasting one, you’ll find it hard to give them away. While not exactly low in calories, they contain significantly less sugar and fat than most holiday sweets. Plus, they offer peanut-powered protein and whole grain goodness that can be enjoyed in guilt-free moderation even after your New Year’s [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

A Christmas recipe at last!

This one took a while, not just because I was trying to perfect the texture and flavor, but also because I was searching for the most photogenic add-ins. Sadly, all of the mint options lose their color to some degree during baking. Fortunately, all of them are exceptional in these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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