Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year! We may not get snow here, but we do occasionally get a white Christmas when the fog rolls in thick enough 😉 Daniel and I had our home decorated for all of two seconds before we had to take everything down for our floors to be ripped up due to a water leak. But someone pointed out that we get the unique opportunity of decking the halls twice as many times as everyone else – HA!

Despite the lack of Christmas cheer in our home, we have been able to indulge in a few of our other favorite Christmas traditions. We’ve already made it down Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane, a 2-mile long street of historical homes decked out in hundreds of lights. And we attended the electrical farm equipment parade in my home town – a fun tradition with all the small-town charm you could ever hope for! We have also done a little bit of baking, including this delicious peppermint biscotti recipe!Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir in peppermint candy. Gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until blended (dough will be stiff).Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

Divide dough in half. On an ungreased baking sheet, shape each portion into a 12×2-1/2-in rectangle. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove to wire racks (emphasis on the “carefully” – I lost a few biscotti because it was super crumbly 😬 ); cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a sharp knife into 1/2-in slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.Peppermint Biscotti RecipePeppermint Biscotti RecipePeppermint Biscotti Recipe In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each biscotti into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off; sprinkle with candy. Place on waxed paper (I used my non-stick silicone mats); let stand until set.Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

This recipe makes about 3 1/2 dozen biscotti (see the original recipe from Taste of Home here). These delicious baked goodies are a perfect Christmas treat to share with someone you love (or just for pairing with a mug of hot cocoa while watching a Christmas movie!)

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Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

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