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Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 7/28/2013 9:04 PM EDT
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Share recipes for your holiday favorites!
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas ect...:)

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 10/29/2013 2:09 PM EDT
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In Response to Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!:
Share recipes for your holiday favorites! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas ect...:)
Posted by Samantha M

Welcome Samantha....
I have no idea why this was "buried" and never came up for responses. 
I thought that I would "revive" this and get some ideas.

I don't do cookie exchanges and I guess this year I will not be baking very many cookies.  My little baker helper no longer comes to visit so less baking.  I also don't need that many cookies in the house, they used to go down the street but no longer. 

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 10/29/2013 5:31 PM EDT
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sound good

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/11/2013 2:16 PM EST
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I do this every year. It is lots of fun.

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 6:49 AM EST
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 it sound so good.

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 6:49 AM EST
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 it sound so good.

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 6:50 AM EST
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   it sounds so good .

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 9:27 AM EST
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I have done a cookie exchange once.  I think once was enough. 
It might be more fun if 2 or 3 friendds got together for a day of baking and made all the cookies or at least the dough.  divide the cookies or divide the dough and everyone goes home with a few but you have had a day of chatting with a few friends. 

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 6:35 PM EST
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I found this recipe in a "Safeway" ad in Sunset Magazine.  I made it and it went over big with my husband.  I plan on making more for Christmas!!

Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
6 Tbsps. unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup dark chocolate baking chips
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
2 tsps. finely shredded orange zest

For decoration:  1 1/4 cups Dark candy making and dipping wafers.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Lightly grease two large baking sheets: set aside.  In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.  Place eggs in the well and stir into the flour mixture.  Add butter, stir until combined.  Stir in the dark chocolate chips and the pistachios, and the orange zest.  (dough will be crumbly)  Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Using cold wet hands divide the dough into four equal portions.  Shape each portion into a 14 inch long log.  Place logs about 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  Flatten logs slightly until about 1 1/4 inches wide.  Bake for 25 minutes or until firm and light brown.  Remove from oven and place baking sheets on wire racks, cool 15 min.

Transfer logs to a cutting board.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or foil: set aside, Use a very sharp serrated knife to cut each roll diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.  Place slices, cut side down, on prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 15 minutes more or until crisp and golden brown.  Transfer to wire racks to cool

Place 1 1/4 cups dark candy making wafers in a medium microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on medium power (50%) for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir.  If not melted, return to microwave and repeat heating step, stirring every 15 seconds to avoid scorching.  Stir until smooth.  Dip edge of each biscotti into melted chocolate: let excess drip back into bowl.  Place biscotti on waxed paper; let cool

Variation: substitute 1/2 cup almonds for pistachios

Note:  I divided the dough into 2 sections as I like larger biscotti.  I baked it a little longer.  The chocolate wafers are now made by Ghirardelli and are better in my estimation than the Wilton ones.  ( Sorry Nestle)  Yes, this recipe takes some time, but if you love biscotti I'm sure you will like this

Re: Who else is excited for the holiday cookie exchanges?!

posted at 11/12/2013 10:30 PM EST
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I do like Biscotti and I have copied this recipe.  
Thanks. And I think Sam's club has large bags of the Ghiradelli discs in both white and chocolate so I will have to pick up a bag. 

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