Peppermint Biscotti for #FBCookieSwap

These Peppermint Biscotti are the perfect cookie for when you're able to take a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle, sit with a hot cup of your favorite beverage, relax, and dunk until you're heart's content.

Peppermint Biscotti

It's that time of year again. Time for the 5th annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen, and I, for one, couldn't be more excited!

Peppermint Biscotti

As a combined group of food bloggers (476 to be exact), along with the help of our generous sponsors: OXO, Dixie Crystals, and Land-O-Lakes, and in partnering with Cookies for Kids With Cancer we've raised over $7000  to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer. How sweet is that?

Peppermint Biscotti

If you're a food blogger and would like to become involved next year, here's how it works. At sign-up time each blogger fills out a form (dietary restrictions, etc) along with a small participation fee of $4.00  of which our sponsors match dollar per dollar. Once all the participants are logged and counted, we are then paired up with three other food blogging participants, from all over the country.

Next comes the fun part. You bake!

Peppermint Biscotti

After the baking is done, you send one dozen cookies to each of the three participants you've been matched with, and then three completely different food bloggers will send one dozen cookies to you!

It's that easy, and that fun!  These are the cookies I received this year:

From Shana Was Here:

From Bakerita:

and from Not Starving Yet:

The cookies I chose to send to the three blogs I was paired with (Food Ramblings, Anna Dishes, and Chasing Bagels) are these Peppermint Biscotti. The reason I chose to make and send biscotti is that I thought they'd stand up well in shipping, and also that I could surprise the recipients by including a fun painted mug with their cookies. After all, what goes better with biscotti than a mug of something hot and tasty to dunk them in?

Peppermint Biscotti

Yield:  42 cookies      Prep Time:  20 minutes     Bake Time:  70 minutes

6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour. plus more for patting out the dough
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup blanched almonds
1 cup peppermint candy, crushed and divided
1 package while chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
green sugar, optional
2 baking sheets
parchment paper

-Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

-Place the candies in a zip top bag and crush with a mallet or rolling pin. Set aside until later.

-In a large bowl, blend the eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract and granulated sugar until combined. Slowly blend in the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in the blanched almonds and 3/4 cup of the crushed candy.

-Spoon half of the dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet in a long line (approximately 12" long). Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and use your hands to press the dough into an evenly flattened rectangle (approximately 12" long x 3" wide x 1" high). Repeat the same process with the remaining half of dough on the other parchment lined baking sheet.

-Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 40 minutes. *Note - they will not be browned, but will have puffed slightly. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes.

-Carefully lift the partially baked cookie log to a flat surface and use a serrated knife to slice each biscotti log into ½" slices. Place each slice of cookie back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.

-Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake the sliced biscotti in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip each slice and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and cool completely.

-In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and shortening on medium/low power, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread half of each cooled cookie with a layer of white chocolate and sprinkle the melted chocolate with the remaining crushed peppermint candy and green sugar if desired.

Peppermint Biscotti

I've enjoyed participating in this year's #FBCookieSwap so much, and I hope that the cookies I sent are long eaten, just as the cookies I received were gobbled up in no time flat. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Peppermint Biscotti

Here is a photo that one of the recipients of my Peppermint Biscotti and the Food Blogger Cookie Swap mug shared with me. I just love that I was able to surprise three different people with a fun painted mug that they can use, and enjoy, for years to come. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, and to all a tasty cookie!

Peppermint Biscotti

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from glassware to fabrics, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop on Etsy or Wazala. Custom orders are always welcome, and I will happily work and design from any photo or description you send my way.

Kudos Kitchen by Renee ~ Where food, art, and fun collide each and every day!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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