Recipe by Shannon Cooks
A peppermint biscotti recipe that is suited to the holidays but is a year round hit! You can make these using green food coloring and green peppermint candies instead of the red! And if peppermint is not your thing, try adding vanilla extract and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips…OR coconut extract and 1/2 cup flaked coconut….OR experiment with other flavored extracts/flavor combinations. This is a great biscotti recipe that is easily adaptable to suit anyones preferences.
Top Review by Annacia
Wonderful biscotti. I ended up with a slightly different cookie than I set out to make. When I went to get my peppermint stash from the pantry there was but an empty container. Nobody has a clue as to how this could have happened! I subbed sugar free lemon drops for the peppermint and it turned out to be a wonderful combo with the very mild peppermint extract. I had a slight problem with them crumbling a bit at slicing but that wasn't enough of a problem for me to knock down the marks for this recipe. I skipped the glaze as I chose not to use the extra sugar.
- 2⁄3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1⁄3 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 4 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped peppermint candy (round peppermint pinwheels or candy canes both work equally well)
- red food coloring
Peppermint Glaze Icing
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- red food coloring
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 375°F Line a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.
- Beat butter for 30 seconds in a large mixing bowl.
- Add sugar, baking powder and salt, beat until well combined.
- Add eggs and peppermint extract.
- Gradually beat in as much flour as you can and stir in the remaining flour.
- Mix in the chopped candies.
- Form the biscotti: Divide dough in half and tint one portion of dough with food coloring. (I dyed my dough a dark pink with liquid food coloring…if you wish for a red dough, use red paste food coloring. )
- Divide each half of dough into three equal portions.
- Roll each portion into a 14 inch long rope on a lightly floured surface. Place a rope of each color side by side on the foil lined cookie sheet and twist ropes around each other several times.
- Flatten twists to a 2 inch width. Repeat this process with the remaining ropes of dough and place each twist about 4 inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and tops are slightly cracked. Cool completely on cookie sheet.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300°F
- Carefully peel away foil and transfer twists to a wooden chopping board. Use a serrated knife to cut each twist diagonally into ½ inch thick slices.
- Place slices onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, turn over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until biscotti slices are dry. Allow biscotti to cool completely.
- To make peppermint icing: Combine milk, peppermint extract and sugar. If icing is too thick, add milk in tiny amounts until it is of a drizzling consistency.
- Lightly drizzle all biscotti in a zigzag fashion.
- Add red food coloring to leftover icing (if mixture thickens, add a little more milk) and lightly drizzle biscotti in the opposite direction of the white icing drizzle zigzags.
- Eat within 3 days and store in an airtight container. These freeze well (just make sure you drizzle with icing after freezing, not before).