When you bake these tender biscotti cookies, the aroma of sweet peppermint will instantly fill your house with Christmas spirit.
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1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
1 (14-ounce) package vanilla candy coating (almond bark)
2 drops red or pink food color
1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring, if desired
Decorator candies, sugars or crushed peppermint candy canes, if desired
*Substitute 30 starlight mint hard candies, crushed.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine butter and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in crushed candy.
Divide dough into fourths on lightly floured surface with lightly floured hands. Shape each into 9x1 1/2-inch log. Place logs 3 inches apart onto parchment-lined large cookie sheet.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until tops are cracked and ends just start to turn light brown. Remove from oven; reduce oven to 325°F. Cool logs 10 minutes on cookie sheet.
Carefully remove logs to cutting surface. Cut into 1/2-inch slices on bias with sharp serrated knife. (Discard ends.) Arrange pieces on same cookie sheet, cut-side down. Continue baking, turning once, 12-14 minutesor until cookies are lightly browned and crisp on both sides. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely.
Place candy coating in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food color and peppermint flavoring, if desired.
Dip each biscotti half way into warm coating; shake off excess. Place onto waxed paper. Immediately sprinkle with decorator candies, sugars or crushed candy canes, if desired. Let set at room temperature until coating is hardened.
To crush candy canes, place candy in heavy-duty resealable plastic food bag. Seal bag; pound candies with rolling pin or hammer to crush. (If bag starts to puncture, place bag in another bag and continue pounding.)
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up and to prevent candy in dough from sticking to cookie sheets.
Any leftover candy coating can be used to dip pretzels.
A charcuterie board inspired Christmas Cookie tray complete with cookies, candy and Hot Buttered Rum. Cue the Christmas music.