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Monday, January 23, 2012

Recipe: chocolate, cherry & walnut biscotti

What is going on here? This isn't a food blog. Still, this weekend we had a snow storm, and since weekend looks have become the life blood of my outfit posts (thanks winter solstice) my not getting dressed all day puts a cramp in my having a style post to share. 

To make it up to you, I've prepared two cooking posts, a review of a camera bag, and a post about my closet. I can diversify if I feel like it.

On to the food. This is the second time I've made these particular biscotti, and they are pretty darn good. I got the recipe from an issue of Cooking Light from a million years ago and made a couple small changes.

Good news, one biscotto (who the heck knew that was the singular of biscotti?) only has 81 calories.*

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. Combine flours and salt in a bowl, stir well.

3. Beat sugar and eggs with a mixer at high speed until thick and pale (about 4 minutes).
Add oil and extracts, blending well.

4. Add flour mixture at a low speed until just blended.
Stir in cherries, chocolate and nuts.

5. Divide dough in half, shape each portion into a 10" log on the baking tray, flatten to 1" thickness.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the tray and let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

6. Cut each roll diagonally, supposedly into 20 slices.

7. Place slices cut side down on to baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Turn cookies over, bake for 10 more minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.

8. Enjoy.
*Allegedly yields 40 cookies. I got something like 27, so I guess that changes the calorie count a bit.


Porcelain complexion said...

YUM! They look absolutely delish!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

They look sensational.

t said...

Looks so good!


Irene Buffa said...

omg !
im so hungry now:3





AJ TAYLOR said...

so totally trying this recipe. looks good


Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh those look quite tasty! :D And I know the feeling...stupid winter ruining outfit posts! I should be doing one right now but I'm too lazy...
(Oh wells, we shall have AWESOME outfit posts from NYC to share, that makes up for it!)

Adele said...

Hey! Just discovered your blog! These look totally yummy...adore biscotti! Would love you to stop by my blog & if you love please follow, I'll be happy to follow you back xoxo

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I love biscotti! I never knew how to make it. LOL Thanks for the recipe Lyddie. It looks sooooo good girl! Our weather is rainy! :(


Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

This looks too pretty to eat! Not that it would stop me :) Sounds like a great combination of flavors.


Lorena said...

I love these pictures.
Specially the Kitchen Aid mixer, the bowls and the biscotti. I wish I had a biscotti.

Loren said...

I love biscotti. It's the best over cooked cookie. We like to drizzle chocolate over top ours :)

Ali said...

Oh my, these look absolutely scrumptious.. AND ONLY 81 CALORIES WOOP but hey I'd eat it anyway @ ___@ It's so nice that you posted a recipe and showed your process, how fun!

Gray Skies said...

I love when fashion bloggers do recipe posts, because they usually post only those recipes that they've made about a million times, and therefore it's pretty much guaranteed to taste awesome. I love biscotti, but haven't made it in years, so I'm going to have to try this!

Elisa said...

thanks for the recepie!
nice blog

Elisa's blog

Daniela said...

looks delicious!!

Daniela said...

btw, link up on my blog rocking your favorite red lipstick!

Katya said...

Calories? When eating such delicious treats, I try to forget about calories.

Will definitely give the recipe a try this weekend - yum yum :)


Bella said...

This looks amazing. My snow day was devoted to cleaning and organizing.

Amber said...

do you deliver?

Laura Go said...

YUMZ. and yeah, if you take some to Amber, I'll have some as well :)

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

Ashley said...

Nom nom. Thanks for the detailed pictures. I made scones this weekend and they turned out fantastic. I haven't made biscotti (or even a single biscotto!) before, but I know it's kinnnnnnnda the same. And now I'm going to go have lunch.

Kavery said...

For a non-food blog these photos and recipes are done so well. Sometimes snow storms work out well!

Shawna said...

Hey there is nothing wrong with a little biscotti. Yummo!

Mimi said...

Yum, I love biscotti! And I love that its not really that bad for you...the sugar content could be way worse! Looks delish!

Aesthetic Lounge

Style, She Wrote said...

It's your blog -- you can post want you want! Besides, those biscotti look scrumptious! xo style, she wrote

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Mm, nutty cherry biscotti goodness ...

Caitlin said...

YUM! i love the sound of this recipe, i'm going to need to try it soon!

Melina said...

These look SO delicious!! I bet they'd go perfectly with some coffee and a rainy day! Bookmarking them!

xx Melina

Terri said...

oh, dear, a cookie with a low calorie count would only make me eat more of them!

Shey said...

yum! can't say I'm going to make it but they look good! Why don't you take pictures inside? Just wondering =)

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

nom nom nom definitely trying this one!

Meredith said...

Those look lovely! I've been wanting to try my hand at biscotti for some time now :)

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Alex Elizabeth said...

Yummus! Also, you just blew my mind with biscotto. I've been eating these practically since birth and I never knew!