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Chocolate Biscotti {2012 The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap}

by Milisa on December 12, 2012

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Chocolate Biscotti is the cookie I chose for the 2012 The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap organized by the wonderful team of Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen.

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It is so much fun to get cookies in the mail, only surpassed by sending cookies in the mail!  To participate this year, we were asked to make a small donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, 100% of the proceeds fund pediatric cancer research.  I had a lot of fun participating last year and with The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap supporting such a worthy cause, I was especially excited to join in again.

I wanted to bake a cookie that was sturdy enough to not crumble when shipped plus it still needed to taste good when it arrived.  With the help of one of my sister-in-laws, I decided on biscotti.  I love biscotti and I should make it more often.

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I packed them up in little bags, placed them in cute little Christmas tins and shipped them off to California!    My cookies went to Meirenda with Mika, Wine Imbiber, and Kara in the Kitchen.

I was lucky enough to receive cookies from Shaina at Take a Bite Out of Boca, Heather at Heather’s Recipes, & From Ball Parks to BBQ. They were all delicious! Be sure to check out their cookie recipes!  Also be sure to check back here in a couple of days and I will post the links to Julie & Lindsay’s round up posts.  Over 600 cookie recipes! AMAZING!

I wanted to do a little more for the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer charity, so I joined forces with OXO (you know how I love OXO!)  and hosted a cookie demonstration and bake sale at the Kaycee General Store (my sister-in-law’s local grocery store).

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Our town is very small, like 300 people small, and we raised over $150!  OXO will match that which adds up to $300 for such a worthy cause.  OXO matches all funds raised each year up to $100,000!   You can read more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer here and watch the founder on the Today Show here.

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OXO was kind enough to provide Good Cookie Spatulas to help raise money for the bake sale.  I still have a few and I will send you one if you email me a receipt for your donation of $10 or more (while supplies last).  I set up a Miss in the Kitchen donation page, here.  Just email me at Miss at missinthekitchen dot com.  I baked Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies, White Chocolate Date Bars, and these Molasses Spice Cookies for the bake sale.

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Congratulations to Tammy, who won the awesome door prize – 10 piece Pop Container Set that OXO so generously sent!

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I would also like to thank my niece for helping out and being the chief dishwasher and cookie taster and a big thanks to her Momma who prefers to take the pictures.  She also provided the location for the bake sale and groceries for the demonstration, thanks Cindy!

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Chocolate Biscotti

adapted from David Lebovitz

Ingredients:

Biscotti:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

Glaze:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium size bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until well combined. Set aside.

Add eggs and sugar to bowl of electric mixer. Mix until well combined. Add vanilla and espresso powder and continue to mix until combined.

Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing until dough comes together.  Add chocolate chips and pecans and mix until all incorporated and dough holds together.

Divide dough in half, place on a lightly floured surface.  Shape into a log the length of your baking sheet.  Place each log onto a lined or greased baking sheet.  Press each log lightly to flatten the top. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes.

Slice logs on the diagonal in half-inch slices.  Place onto baking sheet and return to oven for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

Miss

For more information on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer read their about page. Very inspiring. 

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Rachel Cooks December 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

LOVE that you did a bake sale and demo, how cool! Love seeing your pretty face on your blog too. :)
Biscotti look perfect! :)

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thanks Rachel! It was pretty fun and it’s always fun to contribute to a worthy cause.

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Denise Terry December 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love to make biscotti, and like you, every time I make it I think I should make it more often!
Since I do not like coffee flavor at all, can I leave out the espresso powder or substitute something else? Thanks.

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Milisa December 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Yes, you could just leave it out or add any flavor you like.

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Living The Sweet Life December 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

SO COOL! I love biscotties – a while ago I had a bit of a mishap with them and I never tried remaking them – but yours looks SO delicious ~ I’ll have to give it a shot. And congratulations on the work you’ve done for Cookie’s for Kids Cancer – this is truly what the season is about, and I’m sure you’ve made at least one kids christmas a little sweeter xo

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

You definitely should give it another go, it is so good!

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DJ December 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

I love this, and your cookies. Never made biscotti but love them. You look so good with your hair cut.

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks! I am loving the short hair!

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Willie December 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

Way to go Miss! Such a good cause and the cookies look great!

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

Thanks WIllie! I should’ve brought you some today!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day December 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

Your bake sale looks like it was a great success! I love these biscotti! I bet they are perfect for giving, too!

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thanks Cassie, it was a lot of fun!

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Shaina December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

That’s so awesome what you’ve done for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer! Inspiring :)
Your cookies look so good, too! I’ve never tried making biscotti – it seems hard, but maybe I’ll give your recipe a shot! Hope you enjoyed my cookies :)

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Milisa December 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

Thanks Shaina! Your cookies were fantastic! You should try the biscotti, it isn’t really hard, it just takes a little time, but so worth it!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I grew up in a “300 people small” town, and know exactly what you’re talking about! Great job, Milisa – and great biscotti!

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Kara December 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank you for the delicious biscotti! Such a lovely treat to receive :)

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Aggie December 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Oh not only do I love the cookies (I love biscotti!) but I really love the photos of you at the demo! What a great thing to do Milisa, this makes me smile. I love small towns :)

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Angie December 14, 2012 at 1:06 am

These look so good! And you had an awesome fund raising event!

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Leah December 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

Wow! You’ve been a busy cookie swapper! Loved the biscotti…thanks!

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Paula - bell'alimento December 14, 2012 at 4:13 am

You know I love Biscotti & I also love OXO!

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch December 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

This biscotti looks amazing, but I really, really love reading about your demonstration and bake sale. So very special and for such a great cause! Congratulations on it going so well.

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I would have loved to received this in the mail . Love the idea of the bake sale!

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JulieD December 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Milisa, so glad you participated in the swap and I love love that you held a bake sale!! You’re amazing!!

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