Thursday, December 3, 2015

~ The Christmas Holiday is Here with Gingerbread Biscotti and Simple & Sweet Fridays #196~

We love biscotti and wanted to try this recipe we saw online at
Starbucks Copycat Recipe for
~Gingerbread Biscotti~
I always love having fresh homemade cookies out,
 when family and friends
 come over for the holidays.

Starbucks Copycat Recipe

1 cup butter (softened) 
2 cups sugar 
5 eggs 
grated rind from one orange 
1/2 cup dark molasses 
5 cups flour 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 cloves 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
2 teaspoons powdered ginger 
4 cups toasted pecans (or hazelnuts) 
melted white chocolate, later 

In one bowl blend butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and blend until smooth. Add orange peel and molasses and mix well. In another bowl stir well or sift flour, baking powder, salt, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture with the mixer running. Lightly toast and chop the nuts. Add them to the dough mixture. You'll probably have to use your hands to work them into the dough. Chill the dough for four hours.

Divide the dough into several portions. Roll it into logs about 1 1/2" in diameter a little shorter than the length of your cookie sheet. Flatten the logs a little with your hand and space them 2-3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes until done inside. Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees. 

Handling the baked "logs" carefully. With a sharp knife slice them at an angle into 1/2" to 3/4" slices. Place the slices cut side down on baking sheets and bake 10-15 minutes. Turn them over and bake another 10 - 15 minutes until dry. After they are completely cool dip them in melted white chocolate. 
The kids loved drizzling melted white chocolate
 and dipping the cookies.

They are a perfect sweet Christmas cookie!!
I love singing Christmas songs with the kids around the fireplace.
I copied some Christmas music from Graphic Fairy today.
 Displaying fresh spices and dried fruits tells me
 the holidays are here.
I think it's time for me to make some mulled wine.
Love the smell cooking on the stove.
I went for a birthday visit this week to
my sister, Charmaine's house 
Genoa, Nevada.
I wanted to share some photos of the snow!!

Just Beautiful!!
Have a great week!

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  1. I really like gingerbread biscotti, and your looks great!
    Thank you for hosting this party

  2. Gingerbread Biscotti - a treat indeed. Thank you Jody for hosting today. Love visiting and joining in.

  3. Brrrrrrrr! It looks cold there but fun to see some's gloomy and rainy here. I would love to have a porch like your sister's. It's so pretty and festive all alight! Thanks for hosting. Best ~ Mickie.

  4. Jody and Stan,
    Thanks so much for the feature!! I will be giving you a Shout Out on Google + and in my next post! The biscotti look so good and your sister's home looks like it came out of a Christmas card!
    Thanks for hosting each week and thanks once again!!


  5. Jody and Stan,
    I've never tried making biscotti before!!!
    "Mr. Ed" and I are taking some 'extra' time this Christmas Season to try a few 'new' cookie recipes!!!
    I'm adding this recipe to our "discovery" file!!!
    Thank you for hosting Simple and Sweet Fridays! each week!!!

  6. It's so sweet of you to feature my coastal bathroom this week....thank you! I love biscotti and only have it as a treat because it is kinda pricey....I'm going to try making my own with your recipe! hugs...

  7. They look fantastic! I have NO snow yet..

    soon I hope..
    we had Costco biscotti w/ coffee yesterday here..when we arrived home..I had no baking of course..made up for it today:)

  8. YUMMO Biscotti!!! Thank you for featuring my Decking Our halls Post!! You're such a sweetie and the hostess with the mostess!!! :-)

  9. Thank you so much for hosting again, Jody!!! Your recipe sounds yummyyy!! :) ~Zuni

  10. Your gingerbread biscotti looks delicious! Thank you for hosting and have a great week.

  11. Jody...your Biscotti looks outstanding! I've always wanted to try making it---do you find it difficult at all? I'm not a great baker so I worry I'l mess it up. But what a treat.

    I have dried oranges before, I love the scent however, when I tried to make a garland with them on twine, they twisted all around and it was a complete failure (I know I'm playing the proverbial violin here!!). What ideas do you have with using yours? They are so fun and easy to make. Is there a key to stringing them up to keep them from flipping horizontal? I seem to have that problem with so many homemade garlands and banners that are flat.

    Your sister's home looks lovely. The snow is so beautiful!!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Jane xxx

  12. I love your sister's porch but not the snow.

    Thanks for hosting.


  13. Hello Fabulous! I love coming to your party each week. Please take a minute to swing by our party that goes until Friday @ 7. We pin and tweet everything! Happy Holidays! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Hello Fabulous! I love coming to your party each week. Please take a minute to swing by our party that goes until Friday @ 7. We pin and tweet everything! Happy Holidays! Lou Lou Girls

  15. Gingerbread Biscotti! Yes please!
    Thanks for hosting your fun and fabulous parties!
    As pretty as your photos were- don't think I'm ready for snow! lol

  16. Wow that biscotti looks fabulous! Thanks for hosting!

  17. The cookies sound yummy! Thank you for hosting.

    Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!

    xo Dianne

  18. Thank you for featuring our martini! I've never heard of Genoa, NV. It looks charming. I'm in Vegas so will have to check it out!

  19. I remember first time I bought biscotti, it was hard (like its suppose to be ?) I took it back to the store for a refund and said it was old and stale LOL

    I am waiting for some snow here in Missouri hopefully it won't pass us by this year as predicted

  20. Thanks for hosting. Appreciate joining in.

  21. The decorations are so pretty, and the food looks scrumptious!


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