by Caitlin Saniga
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons ground espresso
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s candy cane kisses (or another white chocolate with peppermint flavor), roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
- 2 cups chocolate discs (the kind used for candy coating)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl cream together sugar and butter until well combined. Mix in eggs one at a time, and add the peppermint extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, espresso, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips, kisses and candy canes.
Divide the dough into four equal parts and mold into fat, long logs, 2 per baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through the cook time. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Allow the biscotti logs to cool for about 15 minutes.
With a long serrated knife, slice the logs into 1/2 inch-thick slices, return to the baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the biscotti from the oven and flip each slice. Return to the oven to cook for another 10 minutes, or until the centers of the slices are cooked through.
In the meantime, melt the chocolate discs in a double broiler then dip the bottom of the biscotti in the melted chocolate or drizzle the chocolate over a cut side of each slice. Place on a cooling rack, allow chocolate to set, then store in an airtight container. Biscotti will keep in a sealed container for about a month.
Makes about 2 dozen biscotti.
Recipe adapted from: Daydreamer Desserts
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