Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sweet Saturday: Coffee Treats

Sweet Saturday comes a little late today.  I was in the mood for a night time snack while watching a movie and decided to bake something up.  But, I was feeling a little on the fancy snack side of things.

One of my most favorite things on a cold, winter day is a nice big cup of coffee.  Mmmm.  Nothing quite cuts the cold like it.  And, one of my most favorite things to dip in a nice hot cup of coffee is a chocolate biscotti or a shortbread cookie.

So, to satisfy my urge for fancy snacks and to warm myself up, I tried baking something new--double chocolate biscotti and shortbread cookies.

These both come from my BH&G Cookbook, and I was surprised how easy they were to make and how delicious homemade coffee treats can be.  Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Biscotti -- Taken from: Better Homes and Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Cookbook

Servings: 24 biscotti

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 TSP baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. white baking chips
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Here's how to make it:

  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.  Add sugar, cocoa and baking powder.  Beat until combined.  Beat in eggs until combined.  Beat in flour slowly.  Stir in any remaining flour.  Stir in white baking chips and chocolate chips
  2. Shape dough into 9 inch rolls.  Place on cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly until about 2 inches wide.
  3. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in center.
  4. Cook for 1 hour in cookie sheet.
  5. After 1 hour, use a serrated knife to cut each roll diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.  Place slices, cut side down, on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 8 minutes.  Turn slices over and make for 7 to 9 minutes more or until dry and crisp.  Let cool.

    Shortbread -- Taken from: Better Homes and Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Cookbook

    Servings: 16 wedges

    Here's what you'll need:
    • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
    • 3 TBSP granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c. butter
    Here's how to make it:
    1. Mix together flour and sugar.  
    2. Cut in butter (I used 2 knives to do this, and it helped make this process a little easier) until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.  Form mixture into ball; knead until smooth.  (*just a hint: mine took a while to look "smooth"--just keep working with it, it'll eventually get there)
    3. On an ungreased cookie sheet, flatten dough to an 8-inch circle.  
    4. Using your thumb in one hand and your index finger and thumb in another, carefully crimp the edge of the dough circle all the way around.
    5. Cut circle into 16 wedges.
    6. Place in 325 degree oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.
    7. Cut circle into wedges again while warm.  Let cool.

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