Biscotti for mother’s day, my favorite thing.

May 11, 2013

If I’m going to eat a cookie I want it to be made from real butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, nuts…you know, all the good stuff and none of the unpronounceable, unidentifiable stuff.

Would you agree with me?

Today I wanted to make something lovely for us all and also for my mother and mother’s day.

My favorite go-to cookies are biscotti. Who’s made them? Aren’t they just the most versatile, crunchy, satisfying cookies in the world? I make them in about seven different flavours but my most favorite are walnut and chocolate or almond and anise seed.


Today I made walnut and chocolate.

Would you like the recipe? Of course you would.

1 ½ C toasted nuts
½ C butter
1C sugar
3 eggs
1tsp vanilla
3C flour
2tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ¼ C semi sweet chocolate bits


The dough is a little stiff and so it really works out the arm muscles…or…alternately, stick it into the Kitchen Aid with the flat blade and save your arms.

Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs and vanilla, sift dry ingredients (like I bother), add dry ingredients and mix, add nuts and chocolate and mix again.

First baking:

Line a no edges baking sheet with tin foil and divide the dough into two and shape two rectangular logs on the foil. Try to imagine that after the first baking you will cut the cookies into the angled slices and so try to shape the rectangles to make the job easier on yourself with straighter sides and angled ends.

Bake them at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes. Take out and cool 5 minutes.

Second baking:

Carefully slide the foil off the baking sheet and onto the counter. Cut the two rectangles by slicing with a large knife from the top down but try not to go from side to side. Return the cookies to the baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes more to dry the cookies.

There you go.

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Now go make a cup of tea. 🙂

Were you seriously going to wait till they cool down?

Silly girl…lol.

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Sharing with Claudia at Mocking Bird Hill Cottage because they are definitely my favorite things. 🙂

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  • Reply Muddy Kinzer May 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    These look delish! Happy Mother’s Day Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica May 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      They are very moreish. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day to you too Muddy. Lot’s of love to you from me.

  • Reply sophielipatoff May 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Good Mother’s Day for you

    • Reply Veronica May 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

      Bonjour Sophie. 🙂 Merci Beaucoup. Happy early Mother’s Day to you in France.

  • Reply Nancy Claeys May 12, 2013 at 12:44 am

    These look great! Happy Mother’s Day Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica May 12, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Thank you Nancy, Happy Mother’s Day to you too. 🙂

  • Reply Claudia May 12, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Yummy! I love sweets and cookies, especially – but for some reason I’ve never made biscotti! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us, Veronica. And thanks so much for joining in this week.


    • Reply Veronica May 12, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Hi Claudia, hope you get to go home soon and make some cookies. 🙂 x

  • Reply Poppy May 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Hello Veronica,

    So nice to meet you too, my fellow Canuck! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Like Claudia, love my sweets (especially, sweet breads), and I, too, have never tried to bake biscotti, seemed a little mysterious and complicated, but your recipe is quite straight forward and I will definitely put it to use. Lovely pics!

    Happy Mother’s Day!


    • Reply Veronica May 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Found you Poppy! Yay, thanks for the email alert. 🙂 I’m glad you will try the biscotti; couldn’t be simpler and I get so fed up with the price tag for cookies like biscotti or madeleines. Hugs to you, here comes Monday, hope you week is lovely.

  • Reply JoAnn Bayne May 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Mmmmm sounds and looks yummy! I agree, all the real, good stuff in cookies – if I’m going to eat a cookie I want it to count! Happy Mother’s Day.

    • Reply Veronica May 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Happy Mother’s Day to you too JoAnn. I think a good food sugar hit is healthy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

  • Reply June 23, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I hope someone made it for YOU !

    • Reply Veronica June 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Darn it Kathryn, only I make the stuff! 🙂

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