Friday, November 12, 2010

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti {from a Trader Joe's Cake Mix}

This is a fun, quick recipe for a lot of bang-for-your-buck. {Who came up with that quote, anyway?! Hope it doesn't have to do with a deer getting shot!}

Even if being frugal is not something you are concerned about, this recipe is fun, pretty, and deicious!

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Biscotti

Adapted from Anne Byrn

1 Trader Joe’s Chocolate Cake Mix or 1 plain devil’s food cake mix
{You will need to remove about 1 ¼ cup dry cake mix if you are using Trader Joe’s brand}

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

2 eggs

1 cup flour

½ cup crushed peppermint candies

Place cake mix, melted butter , eggs, flour and peppermint candies in a large mixing bowl.

Blend until all ingredients are well blended.

The dough will be one big ball.

Divide ball into two balls.

With floured hands, shape the dough into two rectangles…about 7 inches long by 4 inches wide. It should be about ½ inch thick. NO NEED TO BE PERFECT HERE! Form it so it is a tad bit higher in the middle.

Place on SILPAT or parchment paper on baking sheet.

Bake @ 350* for about 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and let biscotti cool for about 10 minutes. DON’T TURN THE OVEN OFF, yet.

CUT biscotti in 1 inch slices {if you are using a SILPAT, don’t let it cool and use the back of a knife to cut!}

Use a sharp serrated knife and cut on the diagonal.

Carefully, turn biscotti on their sides and bake for about ten more minutes.

You may turn the oven off and let the biscotti continue to harden if that is what you like or remove them if you are not planning on dunking them.:)

Let them cool completely. About two hours.

Place biscotti gallon Ziplock bag and freeze until ready to decorate.

Melt candy melts according to package directions and drizzle over biscotti.
ADD food coloring AFTER candy melts have been melted. For some reason, it seems to be less drizzly when I heat it after the food coloring has been added. {WHO KNOWS? It could just be me!}

Happy Happy Friday!

Shared with: comfy in the kitchen


  1. I am a huge Trader Joe's fan and am anxious to try this! Have a great weekend....

  2. Thanks for visiting. I was just telling someone tonight that I wanted to make some chocolate biscotti. This is way to fun and easy. I love cake mix cookies but never heard of making biscotti out of them. I am printing this right away. I want them for Sunday dinner, we are having a big crowd.

    I love Trader Joe's too, they just don't have any around here, so we bring a suitcase when we get near one.

  3. Okay, this looks good and I'll just say that I'm always fascinated by your pretty packaging. I think I'll try these. My oldest and I made cranberry pistachio biscotti last year. I think I posted the recipe. They weren't too hard.

    I used to make biscotti for my girls when they were teething.

  4. These are SO pretty! I've never actually baked biscotti. Must look for the mix at Trader Joes's. Thanks for the heads up!!!