Sunday, January 17, 2016

White Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti

Yummy note: So anyone that knows me, I really enjoy baking and cooking for others; especially, doing surprise goodie drop-offs or mailing a fun package out to friends with a yummy treat delivered at their door. This winter, I thought I'd add another treat to cookie day, besides our typical sugar and gingerbread cookies and make some biscotti. I've never made biscotti before, but I knew it would hold up well for traveling and it lasts long so that making it a few days before getting to hand them out wouldn't be an issue. This month's Secret Recipe Club pairing had a biscotti recipe that was a perfect choice- White chocolate and berry biscotti sounded good to me! This month's Secret Recipe Club feature recipe is coming from Nayna Kanabar's blog called Simply.Food. Nayna's blog has a variety of recipes and features them all with a vegetarian flair. What also is nice about Nayna's blog Simply.Food is that many of the recipes are pretty straight forward and easy to execute without a lot of craziness. Two more recipes on my radar that I can't wait to try from Nayna's are these: I'm a sucker for a good rice pudding, however the last recipe I tried to use, it was a miserable fail, so I might have to try out her recipe for rice pudding in hopes for perfection! Also these bread rolls look bakery perfect and the recipe isn't too scary or time consuming, so I think these would be amazing with the next bowl of homemade soup I make! Happy Secret Recipe Club reveal day. 

White Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti 

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup mild-flavored olive oil
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white chocolate drops
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in the sugar, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips. In a separate small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients- eggs, water, vanilla, and olive oil. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture a little at a time until the flour form a dough. Once the dough has formed, divide it into two loaves. Bake on a greased and/or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 40 minutes until golden and then let the loaves cool completely. Next, using a sharp serrated knife, cut the loaves on a diagonal into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place biscotti on baking sheet again and bake the biscotti slices for the second bake, about 15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top. Cool completely before enjoying or packing up.

White chocolate chips and cranberries went into this biscotti, but I'm sure many other varieties would be delicious. 
Mixing it all up.
Forming loaves of biscotti dough. Warning, this gets a little sticky :) 
Biscotti loaves after the first initial bake. 
Good looking white chocolate and cranberry biscotti ready for the double bake. 
Have biscotti - ready to travel! 
Biscotti individually packaged up perfect for sharing.


  1. This is a great looking biscotti! Would make a lovely gift :)

  2. I love biscotti and these look delicious! I'm so glad to be part of the SRC starting this month!

  3. It looks delicious! I have never made biscotti either. You have me tempted!

  4. Thankyou for cooking from simply food this month ,
    I hope you enjoyed the biscotti.they look delicious.

  5. Cranberry and white chocolate is a perfect pairing. Yum.

  6. What a great flavor combo for biscotti. NOW I want to make some.

  7. I love making biscotti and this is my favorite combination. They look perfect!

  8. Yum. Love biscotti. I make a pistachio cranberry one sometimes that is so yummy! Fellow Group C'er