Cookie baking can be rather intimidating, don’t you think? It’s hard to get them just right, and so often if you take just one wrong turn…if the butter is too soft, if the sizes aren’t just right, or if your measurements are a bit off…then your whole batch can be headed for the trash.
I do not even remotely call myself a baker, so each year when our annual family cookie exchange comes around, I get a little nervous as to what to do.
For the past several years, I have gone with a brownie recipe, but this year I decided to change things up and created this recipe for Mulled Cider Biscotti with Cranberries!
My first attempt at biscotti was just a few weeks ago when I created Cinnamon Subway Coffee Biscotti, and what I learned was that these were actually easier to make that other types of cookies for me because they weren’t so delicate.
Since the dough just gets laid out and baked in logs and then cut into cookies, I find it much simpler than making all of the cookies individually.
I also love the crispiness of these cookies. They are perfect for dunking in tea, coffee, or hot cocoa.
The Tastefully Simple Sweet Mulled Cider mix adds just the right amount of light apple flavor surrounded by cinnamon and mulled spices, and the cranberries give a burst of color and chewy texture.
The fun part comes when you get to drizzle the icing on the cookies. You could choose to dip half of each cookie in the white chocolate, but I find that letting the icing fly gives me a bit of an artistic outlet!
It’s really quick, easy, and fun! Just lay all of the cookies out on a baking sheet and drizzle over them all at once.
Each batch of this dough will create just over 2 dozen cookies (depending on the thickness the you cut them), and they will freeze nicely if you need to make ahead and store.
You could also add mini chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, or any other dried fruit if you want to switch out the cranberries.
My last step was to package them up for delivery at the cookie exchange. I simply tied them up in a clear plastic bag with some shiny holiday ribbon and I decided to pair the cookies with a jar of Vanilla Bean Chai Puppy Chow as a bonus gift!
Even though I found these to be pretty simple to make, my grandma said, “I can’t believe YOU made biscotti” several times during our cookie exchange luncheon, so I guess these cookies are pretty impressive 🙂
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup Tastefully Simple Sweet Mulled Cider mix
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 4 oz white chocolate wafers
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons Tastefully Simple Sweet Mulled Cider mix
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer or using a food processor, mix together the oil, cider mix and sugars for a minute. Add the baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and eggs, and mix until smooth.
- Next, add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until it's well incorporated and a dough begins to form.
- Add the cranberries and mix with a spoon until they are distributed throughout.
- Divide the dough in half, and form two long logs, about 9x3 inches each on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (The dough will be sticky, so it will be easiest to form the logs with slightly damp hands.) Leave some room between the logs for spreading.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool completely, then slice (on a diagonal) into half-inch slices.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees, and lay the cookie slices out on the pan and bake for ten minutes. Flip all of the cookies over and bake for an additional ten minutes.
- For the icing, melt chocolate wafers on defrost in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth, add oil and Sweet Mulled Cider mix, and drizzle or dip ½ of each cookie. Place on parchment paper until dry.
Quick Link: Find Tastefully Simple Sweet Mulled Cider mix on my website.
Are you a cookie baker, or do you find them intimidating? Have a favorite biscotti recipe of your own? Did you try these & love them? I’d love to have you share any of your thoughts in the comments below!
Happy Baking!~ Kim Denne