Candy Cane Biscotti

I really like biscotti. A not-so-sweet cookie that was designed to eat with tea or coffee? How can you not love it? However, vegan biscotti is hard to come by, and even then, if you buy it, you often end up with chalky or rock-hard biscotti. Between Boston's vegan biscotti dearth and my own pickiness, I have come to the conclusion that if I want good biscotti, I really just have to make my own. I've been toying with the idea of making my own biscotti for a while, and when I found out Earth Balance's recipe page is having a dessert recipe competition, I headed into the kitchen and got to work.
After some experimenting, I ended up with a delicious Candy Cane Biscotti. You can see my recipe here on the Made Just Right site.

The biscotti aren't super sweet, but the candy cane garnish is additional sugar, so to keep the sweetness down, I used baking chocolate with only a little added sugar to dip them in. They were delicious. I brought them to a friend's Rock Band party to share, so that way I wouldn't eat them all by myself, but they went so quickly that I think my next batch of biscotti will be for me and me alone.
If you look closely, you'll see that the candy canes aren't bright white and red. This is because I used Tru Sweets' organic candy canes, which are made from organic sugar and brown rice syrup and are only colored with fruit juices. They taste and behave just like commercial, chemically candy canes, but have real ingredients.

Did you notice how GORGEOUS the above biscotti photos are? That's because I didn't take them myself. My friend Michael is a real photographer, and is the one who hosted the Rock Band party. I told him the fee for my biscotti delivery service was that he had to take snappy pictures for me. And they're so gorgeous! Thanks, Michael! Michael has a blog that I totally recommend called Dazed and Infused, which teaches you how to infuse your own spirits and make tasty drinks with them. He also includes occasional pictures of his adorable, Godzilla-sized kitties.


Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

Those look so good! They make me want hot chocolate.

sara said... Best Blogger Tips

these are the best looking biscotti i've ever seen. yay for chocolate and peppermint!

Sarah P said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea, Lauren--these would be SO good with hot chocolate!

Végébon said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE biscotti too (especially the hard as rock ones, which I lovingly dip in a cup of coffee).
Your peppermint chocolate biscotti looks delicious, and it's a great idea to trade the food with a picture of it ^^. Wish you luck for the contest !

dazed&Infused said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been so overwhelmed with other things(tm) that I missed this post. These were the best biscotti I have ever had (and, as far as I know, the only vegan biscotti I've ever had).