Saturday, November 21, 2009

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Day 3

Don't be Blue, It's Thanksgiving....Bake Biscotti instead

...with Blueberries, Pistachios and White Chocolate

Now I am not sure if we make these for Thanksgiving dessert, to snack on while we make Thanksgiving desserts or for our annual midnight poker game...But my mom's been making them for as long as I can remember.

This is from last years Thanksgiving table--they're in the back left and dipped in white and dark chocolate!

We got the recipe from my friends mom that lives across the street, she always has a reliable recipe when you need one.  There is a similar, printable recipe on the Epicurious Site .

So pour yourself a cup of coffee and give yourself a little biscotti break.

Grab this from your pantry (or take a trip to the's totally worth it!):

    1. 3 cups all purpose flour
    2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
    3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    4. 1 cup sugar
    5. 3 large eggs
    6. 2 tablespoons canola oil
    7. 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
    8. 3/4 cup shelled raw unsalted natural pistachios
    9. 1 cup dried blueberries, raspberries or chopped dried strawberries (about 5 ounces)--I used blueberries!
    10. 1/2 cup chopped high-quality white chocolate..I used white chocolate chips which worked fine.
    You'll also want 8 ounces high-quality white chocolate and/or 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped, for dipping.  I use the dipping chocolates from a store that's not far from me, Making Chocolate, their chocolate melts easily, tastes delicious and is the perfect consistency for dipping those cake balls.

    So lets get started! 
        Preheat oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

        Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend.

        Using electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs, oil, and almond extract in large bowl until well blended.

        Add flour mixture and beat until smooth.

        Stir in pistachios...

        dried berries...

        and 1/2 cup chopped white chocolate.

        Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls in two 12-inch-long strips on prepared baking sheet, spacing strips 3 inches apart.

        Using wet fingertips, shape each strip into 3-inch-wide log, pressing evenly (logs may look slightly lumpy).

        Till they look like this.

        Bake logs until lightly browned and almost firm to touch, about 30 minutes. Cool logs on sheet 30 minutes.

        Carefully transfer logs to cutting board. Line same baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each log crosswise into generous 1/2-inch-thick slices.

        Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

        Stand biscotti upright, spacing about 1/4 inch apart, in 3 rows on prepared baking sheet. Bake until pale golden (biscotti may be soft but will firm as they cool), about 20 minutes.

        Cool completely on baking sheet.

        Line another large baking sheet with parchment paper or lay out wax paper on a table.  Place 8 ounces chopped white chocolate in medium glass bowl.

        Microwave separately on medium in 20-second intervals just until chocolate is soft to touch, about 40 seconds total (do not overheat or chocolate will burn or seize). Stir chocolate until smooth.

        Dip 1 end or 1 side of each biscotti in chocolate; place on baking sheet.

        Let the chocolate harden and set...

        Melt some milk or dark chocolate and drizzle over cookies once the white chocolate has hardened.

        Drizzle, Drizzle....

        (Can be made ahead. Arrange in single layer in airtight container and chill up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.)

        With love and cupcakes,


        1. woww those look so nice! also i loved the previous post and tried it out and it was just great! but the comment box didn't show up there so i thought i would say here!
          thanks so much

        2. whoopsie i meant the comment box for day 1

        3. Sorry the comment box isn't coming up for that post...I am trying to fix it but thanks for letting me know!!

          And I'm glad you liked the pie! I can eat the entire thing by myself easily! Happy Thanksgiving!!

          With love and cupcakes,



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