Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti #cookies #holiday

I made biscotti! And not just any biscotti, but double chocolate & cranberry biscotti.  Because it is the holidays and all.

I originally crafted this recipe to use up the rest of a bag of fresh cranberries, but…no. Fresh cranberries don’t work here. But dried cranberries totally do!

I’ve been wanting to make biscotti for months, but had been putting it off because I assumed it was difficult or took forever (both false). Now I’m never turning back, and think I’ll be making biscotti on a regular basis. I can’t wait to try some new variations, like dark chocolate cherry biscotti, gingerbread biscotti, pumpkin biscotti, pistachio white chocolate biscotti…basically, I want to make (and eat!) all of the biscotti.  All of it!

I mean, they make for perfect afternoon tea dippers or morning coffee dunkers. They last for weeks, so there is no rush to eat them all before they get stale, and just one is plenty to satisfy a sweet tooth. Also, aren’t cookies more fun when there is dunking involved?

 

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti #cookies #holiday

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

I developed this recipe as part of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I sent biscotti to Kimberly, Amanda and Alyson, and received three dozen unique and delicious cookies from Joan, Dianna and The Seaside Baker! As usual, it was a ton of fun to get connected to some new-to-me bloggers and send out some cookie love. Plus, it gave me an excuse to try a new biscotti recipe, which I had been meaning to do for ages!

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti #cookies #holiday

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Cranberry Orange Mini Quick Bread

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

I’ve recently discovered that I kind of hate going to the gym in the mornings.  I know a lot of people like to go before work, to get their workouts out of the way, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I much prefer to jump into work right after breakfast, starting easy with emails and social media, and ramping up to the harder work – the writing and recipe development – when I’m feeling more awake and refreshed.

Going to the gym in the afternoon, around 4 or 4:30 p.m., before the after-work rush, is my jam lately. Even though I usually do an hour or so of work afterwards, it gets me in the “work day is nearly over” mindset. I’ve found that it is much easier to cut myself off from work in the evenings on the days that I make it to the gym in the afternoons.

I usually try to have a small snack pre-gym excursion, and I’ve totally fallen into an almonds/fruit/air-popped popcorn rut lately. I love those snacks, but they are starting to get a bit repetitive. I decided last week that I needed something seasonal to jolt me out of my pattern.

Armed with a three-pound bag of cranberries from a weeklong session of pound-cake-recipe-development-turned-wrong, I headed down to the basement to peruse my shelves of preserves.  I realized that I have a ton of applesauce that needs to be used ASAP, and that it has been far too long since I’ve made a quick bread.  Cranberry bread it was!

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

I’m loving this bread as a healthy pre-gym snack. It has whole wheat flour and a bunch of fresh cranberries, and all the fat is replaced by applesauce and skim milk.  If you’re vegan, it can just as easily be made with almond, soy or another milk alternative. Boom, done.

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