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A fresh update to the typical biscotti recipe that you may have in your collection already, and the best part, it doesn’t take multiple flips and turns back in the oven to be made! This is a simple take on a classic, and the updated flavours really pop at this time of year!
I use chopped pecans in my recipe, but you can use any type of nut you prefer, and if you wanted to could even omit them all together. You could even get really creative and use food colouring in your white chocolate drizzle to make a nice red or green drizzle instead! One key with this recipe is a good stand mixer (personally I LOVE my Kitchen Aid), it really mixes the “batter” type dough and thoroughly combines your ingredients so you don’t end up with a mouthful of coca powder!
*Side Note* did you know they now make a Mini Stand Mixer ?! I am literally so excited right now! I know so many people that can add this to their Christmas list…and perhaps Santa will bring it for them!
Well, what are you waiting for? This recipe BEGS to be made right NOW! After you stick them in the oven be sure to make yourself a big cup of tea and be ready to munch down on the brownie goodness that will be in front of you! This is DEFINITELY one recipe you will want to double (although it does make a ton to begin with).
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: four dozen (48 cookies)
*This recipe was originally made from an Imperial Margarine cut out, but has been adapted to our tastes and cooking times since!*
- 3/4 cup margarine (I've tried it with butter and it DOES NOT turn out the same!)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 4 squares white chocolate (for the drizzle)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a large bowl (or mixer) cream margarine with sugars until light and fluffy (I find it takes a good 5 minutes).
- Beat in eggs and vanilla. Will take on the consistency of an icing.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir into your creamed mixture.
- With a wooden spoon stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
- Divide dough into four portions (I literally use the spoon to make indents in the dough while it is in the bowl so I get even "logs")
- On lightly greased baking sheet shape two of your portions into logs (approx 12x1 1/2")
- Bake for 15 minutes until toothpick comes out clean (keep in mind you have chocolate chips in there, so there will be some shiny goodness that comes out!)
- Cool for about 10 minutes and then drizzle the white chocolate across the tops. Cut on a diagonal (aprox 1") slice!
And finally, a few gift ideas for the gardener on your Christmas List!
- Garden Gloves, I don’t care how many they already have, you can never have enough! It is especially nice to get them a pair that has leather on the palms/fingers as it helps when doing bigger jobs (i.e. pruning the rose bush…ouch!)
- Bulbs for your favourite flower! Give them a way to always think of you in their garden, and if you really want to score bonus points you can even offer to go and help them plant them when the time is right!
- Potting Station, sounds insane right? Who on earth would think that a potting station would be necessary for the “average” gardener? Well let me just tell you, it is especially helpful to have a dedicated spot where they can keep their tools/pots/soils etc for transplanting their flowers.
- Vase…for a gardener?! Yup! Give them a beautiful vase that fits their style (made of a hollowed birch tree for the rustic gardener, or a nice crystal one for the glamorous rose gardener) so they are tempted to bring their flowers inside and make statement centerpieces for their own homes.
- Gift Card for their favourite greenhouse/garden warehouse where they can go and stock up in the spring!
- Donation to a local organization that helps to support native plants for their area, again friends, ’tis the season for giving!