Birthday Care Package

This is part of the birthday package we send one of my brothers. The cake is just add water and microwave. The frosting has the sprinkles and candles for on top. ūüôā Here are some other things we added to this package:
-Confetti (hehe)
-Party hat (we filled it with candy to keep it from getting squashed)
-Birthday candy
-Funny card


Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

This is my favorite biscotti recipe.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup white chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour jelly roll sheet. 
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. ¬†Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. ¬†Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and chocolate. Divide in half. Shape each half into a 10×2″ loaf.¬†
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for five minutes
Cut diagonally into 1-in. slices. Place side down on pan. Bake 8 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Nutella Biscotti

I love Nutella and these were delicious dipped in milk or hot tea.

3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
1 cup Nutella
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1 egg white
raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour jellyroll pan.

In large mixing bowl beat together eggs, egg yolk, and sugar until combined. Add Nutella and mix well.  Combine flour, salt and baking powder.  Add to egg mixture. Gently add chocolate chips
Divide dough in half. Form 10×2″ loaves. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
Cut diagonally into 1″ slices. Bake 8 minutes per side or until crisp.

Peanut Butter Biscotti

I guess I should read the recipe before I make it… I totally made this by the cream method, like cookies. It still turned out deliciously, though.

10 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chunks (apx 6 oz)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour jellyroll pan.
Melt butter over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally.  Continue to cook until the butter browns and gets a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and pale yellow, about 2 minutes.  Gradually add the sugar while beating.  Then slowly add the butter and vanilla until evenly mixed, about 30 seconds more.  Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.
While mixing slowly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing just until absorbed.  Fold in the peanuts and chocolate pieces.
Divide the dough evenly into thirds, and put each portion in the center of a baking sheet.  Shape the dough with slightly wet hands into logs about 2 inches wide and 15 inches long.  Bake until set and brown around the edges, about 25 Р30 minutes.  For even baking take care to rotate the pans Рtop to bottom and front to back Рabout halfway through.  Cool logs on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees.  Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board.  Cut logs crosswise, with a long serrated knife at about a 45 degree angle, into 1/2 inch thick cookies.  Place cookies cut side down on the baking sheets.  Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes more.  Cool biscotti on the baking sheets.  Dip in or drizzle with chocolate, if desired.  Serve.

Care Packages

We just mailed off care packages to some of our college friends, my brother and his fiancee. We usually try to add a couple homemade things, something savory, snacks, drink mixes and miscellaneous candy.¬†It’s usually the best time to forward mail or send anything they need at the same time. We use flat rate boxes and can pack them up to 20 pounds for just $12.¬†
Here’s a list of what we added this time.¬†
  1. Hello Dollies (I’ll try and get the recipe up soon)
  2. Molasses cookies 
  3. Candy eyeballs (just cause it’s fall)
  4. Hot chocolate and cider mixes
  5. Hash
  6. Popcorn packets 
  7. Gum
  8. Candy (three different kinds)