Monday, April 15, 2013

Snickerdoodle Biscotti


It seems like ages since I've been in the kitchen to bake; between work and a quick trip to North Carolina, it's only been a week, but still, that's a long time for me.  We've decided to list our home and try, once again, to relocate to the east coast and be closer to family, hoping the real estate market will be kind to us:-))

The "Triangle" (Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest) area is our destination and I was able to find a builder who will be building our last home! I'm emphasizing last because that term has been used (by hubby) in our past three locations:-D  We've driven through North Carolina several times on the way to Hilton Head and Orlando and Kelly lived in this area for about a year after college, but unlike the Seattle area, I felt I needed to go there and see if I got the "feeling."  I never visited the Pacific Northwest because my grandfather had been stationed at Bremerton and my mother had told me about the area; her brother was born here.  Happily, upon my brief visit to North Carolina, I got the same feeling...in a big way!

Now, the stress begins to list our home once more while juggling a very hectic work schedule.  I've already started the cleaning and sorting, which I do love about a move, but all of this does make for very long days.  So, this morning, I decided to create one of the most comforting foods I remember from childhood, Snickerdoodles, but in a biscotti version.  Simple and satisfying while I assemble kits for workshops and continue to clean and sort.

Snickerdoodle Biscotti
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 T vegetable shortening (I used the butter-flavored)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground Cardamon
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt

Topping:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening and sugar together until fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed, with a rubber spatula.  Beat in the vanilla and cardamon.

Mix the flour, cream of tartar, and salt together, then add to the bowl.  Mix on low, just to incorporate the dry ingredients--DON'T OVER MIX!  The dough will be somewhat sticky, but resist adding additional flour.  


I use a cookie scoop of dough to create the "log".  Wet your finger tips and smooth the surface, then heavily sprinkle the topping over the logs.

Bake in the preheated oven for 28 to 30 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool about 10 minutes before transferring to a cutting board.  Use a serrated knife to cut into 3/4" to 1" slices.  Place the slices on the baking sheet and return to the oven.  Bake 10 minutes more.

Remove the pan and turn the biscotti over to the opposite side and bake another 6 or 7 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before storing cookies.

Makes approximately 30 biscotti.

Simple and satisfying...now back to work! Enjoy! 

My beautiful granddaughters, Madison (4 1/2 yrs) and Emersyn (14 mos)

[If you'd like to visit my daughter's blog to China to bring Emmie home, you can read about it here.]

  

35 comments:

  1. WOW! And, I'm salivating right now...It's snack time here at work and I would LOVE a few of these. Just amazing! I'll be making my boozy version of the cookie on Friday for a gathering of college friends. We seem to channel our baking projects which I love about you so much. Good luck with sorting and cleaning, my friend. Congrats on the move and having that "feeling" again. Lv, me

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    1. Can't wait to see the boozy version--seriously! I love that about you too; great minds think alike, tee hee, XOXO

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  2. My late Mother in love LOVED biscotti's and would make them every week. She had a fabulous recipe and they would be gone in no time. It does take time to make them.

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    1. I love biscotti and continue to try to come up with recipes; especially turning old favorites into a new "look."

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  3. Two of my favourite cookies in one! You are a genius, Susan.
    All the BEST with the move, Susan.

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    1. Sometimes...I even surprise myself:-D

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  4. I could smell these as I read, they look so good! Moving house is hard work - but what a great chance to get rid of excess baggage. I hope you found some time to sit and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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    1. I had to die cut 60 kits today (in addition to all the other stuff I do and I have had about 4 biscotti, which has kept me going!

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  5. How do winters compare in NC to where you are now?
    Jane x

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    1. Winters are pretty comparable...meaning hardly any snow. It's the summers I'll have to adapt to again since the east coast has humidity and we don't, which I'm really going to miss.

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  6. Oh Snickerdoodles is one of my fav's so I bet in Biscotti form it is amazing. Yum. Lots of work to do before moving and I hope it goes well for you!

    hugs, Linda

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    1. Biscotti is easy to make and this replica of my favorite Snickerdoodles were so comforting amidst all the stress, XOXO

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  7. I know how you feel as our kitchen is grand central station for the painting operation right now. These look delicious!

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    1. I just painted my kitchen and keeping room in the most glorious color by Sherwin Williams--Amazing Gray! I also used their new paint called Emerald and the coverage was unbelievable; one gallon for two large rooms. I love my kitchen, XOXO

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  8. I wish you well selling your house. Selling a home is stressful. I know the end result will be worth it.

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    1. Oh, as my hubby says, "this isn't my first rodeo!" This is the longest I've been in any home in our 45 years of marriage--I rather enjoy moving and discovering a whole new part of this beautiful country I've yet to see. XOXO

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  9. I've never made biscotti but Snickerdoodles I can do. Can't wait to try this recipe!

    I'm looking forward to having you closer to me, even if it's still far, it's LESS far than it is now :-).

    Your granddaughters are beautiful, I'm off to read your daughter's blog now!

    xoxox

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    1. I'm looking forward to being closer too! XOXO

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  10. Your Granddaughters are both adorable! They look like they have fun together, too! I'm glad you've made the decision to move to NC...I have a chance of meeting you some day! And that's such a beautiful part of the state! You have an adventure ahead of you! Sweet hugs!

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    1. So many of my blogging friends will be in "reach" of a visit--can you imagine the fun! XOXO

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  11. Your two granddaughters are so sweet. I haven't made biscotti either but this recipe sounds like a winnner.

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    1. We are truly blessed to have them in our lives--they make me a better person with their love, XOXO

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  12. Two beautiful little girls!
    The biscotti looks yummy.... I've never made it before. I'll have to give it a try!

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    1. Biscotti is my favorite because they last a long time...if I don't eat them all at once:-D!

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  13. Oh my GOSH, Susan. So much excitement in your life. The granddaughters are so lovely! Your heart must be so filled with love.

    And the move! Wow! Is that New Hampshire you set your sights on?

    And the biscotti! My hubs LOVES biscotti. I've never made it though. Is it hard to make?

    Take good care, Susan. You have a lot going on in your life. God bless you. Susan

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    1. Not New Hampshire, but North Carolina...still, it's the east coast and allows me to see my family, XOXO

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  14. Dear friend, I wish you luck with selling your home. When I decided to sell the farm, I had 4 families waiting to see it. I sold it to the first one to look. Then the hard part started...packing and saying good-bye! Another great recipe...I do love biscotti.

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    1. That's what the realtors are telling us--it's a market with low inventory and homes are getting multiple offers. I'm a little nervous for the timing with all I've got on my plate, but somehow I know in my heart this is a good move for us, XOXO

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  15. Hello Susan, beautiful grandchildren. cherish them!
    let me know when you sell your house and new address. will visit you when you move.
    Hmmmmmm biscotti! like them.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm a very lucky grammy to have these beautiful girls and a very sweet grandson, who keeps me laughing! See you soon, XOXO

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  16. Your grand-daughters are beautiful. So sweet! The biscotti looks delicious as does everything you bake. Deb

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    1. I never imagined being a grandmother would be the second best thing to being a mother! They bring love, laughter, and a never ending vision of seeing the possible!

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  17. Oooo! THose look QUITE tasty! And your grandkiddies are lovely. :)

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  18. Good luck with the home selling! Ugh. But these biscotti look so good!

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  19. How brilliant to convert a favorite classic cookie into biscotti. I hope your home sells fast! Your granddaughters are darling!

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