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by Caitlin Saniga

Gingerbread lattes

Gingerbread lattes are the ultimate indulgence, and my recipe doesn’t cut them any slack. If you don’t have or can’t find whole spices for every ingredient listed, don’t worry. Pinches of ground spices can be substituted. If you don’t have an espresso machine, use instant espresso and try steaming milk on the stove (YouTube has some great demos).


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by Caitlin Saniga

This two-ingredient treat tastes indulgent and is a snap to scrape together!

This two-ingredient treat tastes indulgent and is a snap to scrape together! I made this version when my Mom came to visit, but for a sweet touch, add maple syrup or agave nectar.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mocha muddy buddies

Java addicts, this mix is for you! A hint of peanut butter seems to add only to the consistency, not the flavor, here — which leaves these muddy buddies with a rich, dark chocolaty, coffee flavor. Just a whiff of this stuff will perk you up!

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by Caitlin Saniga

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of brown ale. It has warm flavors and mild sweetness, and it's tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of stout, like Guinness. It has warm, nutty flavors and mild sweetness, and it’s tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

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by Caitlin Saniga and Sarah Steimer

Included in the box Caitlin sent Sarah were mocha chocolate chip cookies, rosemary shortbread cookies, a couple of sticks of peppermint mocha biscotti (recipe here) and orange-almond biscotti (recipe here).

Included in the box Caitlin sent Sarah were mocha chocolate chip cookies, rosemary shortbread cookies, a couple of sticks of peppermint mocha biscotti (recipe here) and orange-almond biscotti (recipe here).

We love making cookies for the holidays and sharing photos and recipes of them on the blog (most notable was our 2010 Holiday Dozen guide). We often email or text each other to rave about how good the other’s photos look, or to say how good our own cookies tasted. On a few very rare occasions, we’ve been able to try each other’s creations. This year, we decided to send cookies directly to one another so we didn’t have to be too jealous when the pictures and recipes hit the Web! 

Below are the recipes for the cookies Caitlin sent to Sarah this year. She got sick before she could finish a third batch, which would have been some sort of crunchy pignoli cookie. Oh, well! There’s always next year, right?

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Rosemary shortbread cookies

Caitlin: I had just inherited a robust rosemary plant from a family friend, so I was ecstatic when I found this cookie recipe that included the herb. The flavor intensifies over time for this cookie. Delicious!
Sarah: I fully expected the mocha chocolate cookies to be my favorite — for obvious reasons — but these ended up being my top pick. The cookie is flaky without being dry, and there is literally just the right amount of rosemary in it.

Rosemary shortbread cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar for decoration
Rosemary shortbread cookies

Caitlin:  I haven’t tried this trick yet, but I’ve heard that you can save time by rolling out cookie dough between sheets of wax paper or parchment and placing it on a baking sheet before sticking it in the fridge to chill. I’ll definitely be trying this the next time I make cutouts!

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour, salt and rosemary until well blended. The dough will be somewhat soft. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use small cookie cutters to make cutouts. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the tops.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes.com

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Mocha chocolate chip cookies

  • 2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground espresso
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Mocha chocolate chip cookies

Caitlin: I wonder if Sarah realized there was a sparkle of cayenne in this recipe. I added a few heavy shakes at the last minute.
Sarah: Again with the great texture! Chewy and crispy in all the right spots.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing after each addition to make sure they are well combined.

In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cayenne and ground espresso.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix everything until the ingredients are fully combined, but do not overbeat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a teaspoon, drop rounded balls of dough on the sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Recipe adapted from: Food 52

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So one of the best things Caitlin sent was actually a baggie of Chex mix. One night in college while we decorated and made cards for Christmas, Caitlin made a big batch of the mix and I probably ate almost all of it. She also sent along a recipe book on seasonal pies and a French baguette-scented candle. I could have happily curled up in this box. Too bad she fattened me up with those biscotti before I even had a chance to try.

Sarah: So one of the best things Caitlin sent was actually a baggie of Chex mix. One night in college while we decorated and made cards for Christmas, Caitlin made a big batch of the mix and I probably ate almost all of it. She also sent along a recipe book on seasonal pies and a French baguette-scented candle. I could have happily curled up in this box. Too bad she fattened me up with those biscotti before I even had a chance to try. Rude.

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by Caitlin Saniga

I couldn't make up my mind when it came to decorating the biscotti. I tried brushing melted chocolate on one cut side of some sticks and drizzling it over others.

I couldn’t make up my mind when it came to decorating the biscotti. I tried brushing melted chocolate on one cut side of some sticks and drizzling it over others. Still others I left plain because, let’s face it, these bad boys are pretty decadent as it is.

  • 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)
I think that the mini candy canes are easier to crush than the full-size ones because A.) They're more delicate, and B.) They're tend to come in small bags instead of being shrink-wrapped and impossible to peel open. To crush my mini candy canes, I left them wrapped while I used a flat-bottom glass to gently hammer them. About three blows did the job. Then I used a pair of scissors to open the bag. This method left very little mess.

I think that the mini candy canes are easier to crush than the full-size ones because A.) They’re more delicate, and B.) They tend to come in small bags instead of being shrink-wrapped with plastic and impossible to peel open. To crush my mini candy canes, I left them wrapped while I used a flat-bottom glass to gently hammer them. About three blows did the job. Then I used a pair of scissors to open the bag. This method left very little mess.

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.

This is about how big each log should be. Arrange them two per pan.

This is about how big each log should be. Arrange them two per pan.

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

*During the month of December, we’re offering some simple biscotti recipes that can be quickly snatched for breakfast with coffee or enjoyed with tea after a long day of holiday preparation. All of our Crunch Time recipes can be found here.

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