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Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It’s delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It's delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!

I made this recipe for lemon panna cotta with raspberry-orange sauce for the first time a few years ago for a themed dinner party we enjoyed with some great friends. The theme of this particular dinner was foods from the Mediterranean.

A “Mediterranean” Themed Dinner Party!

Each course had to feature foods from various countries in that region. I’m usually the designated dessert girl, so off I went to research desserts  that are representative of that part of the world.
I found several recipes that sounded wonderful, and ended up making a few desserts (including this lemon panna cotta) for our themed dinner.This classic Italian dessert was a big hit and was incredibly delicious! Here is a picture of our menu for the evening!
Lemon Panna Cotta, with a menu for our themed dinner.

What IS Lemon Panna Cotta?

“What exactly IS panna cotta”, you ask? Well here’s your answer: Pan-na Cot-ta: noun. 1) a cold, Italian custard, often served with fruit sauce or caramel syrup. If that description sounds good, then you will LOVE this recipe for Lemon Panna Cotta with Raspberry-Orange Sauce!
I’ve made this lemon panna cotta with raspberry orange sauce a few times since then, and our guests always seem to enjoy it. The lemon flavor from grated lemon zest makes the custard taste fresh and wonderful!
The ivory colored, creamy custard dessert pairs wonderfully with the bright flavors of the raspberry-orange sauce! I could eat the raspberry lemon sauce by the spoonfuls…but that’s another story. This yummy decadent dish is a treat for the eyes, taste buds, and tummy!
Lemon Panna Cotta, on Christmas plate, with raspberry orange sauce.
The main title photo (above) is the lemon panna cotta I made it for guests during the Christmas holidays a couple of years ago. I think it was a perfect holiday dessert. It looked pretty with my Christmas dishes!
Unfortunately, I only took a couple photos to “document” the recipe to remember how it looked…way back before creating a food blog was even a thought in my little old head.
Sorry there are no photos of the preparation process, but honestly, it isn’t that hard to pull this lemon panna cotta recipe off. Really. If I can do it, so can you!

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Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
 
Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It's delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lemon panna cotta
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 450 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the panna cotta:
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons very finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
For the raspberry-orange sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (6 oz) container fresh raspberries
Instructions
Make Panna Cotta
  1. In a large saucepan (over medium-low heat), bring the whipping cream, 1/2 cup sugar and lemon zest to a simmer (but do not boil).
  2. Soften the gelatin and 2 generous Tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl. Stir and let sit for a couple minutes.  Whisk the softened gelatin and 2 TBSP of the orange liqueur into the cream mixture.

  3. Coat 8 (4 oz.) ramekins lightly with non-stick cooking spray (blot off the excess with paper towel, if necessary). Pour the cream mixture equally into each ramekin. Carefully place the filled ramekins into a shallow pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at LEAST 4 hours (overnight if possible).

Make Raspberry Orange Sauce
  1. While panna cotta is "chilling" in the refrigerator, make the sauce: Partially thaw the frozen raspberries. Once partially thawed, place them in a food processor (fitted with metal blade). Add 6 TBSP of sugar and 2 TBSP orange liqueur. Blend until smooth.

  2. Transfer the raspberry orange sauce to a bowl. *Note: If you would like a seedless sauce (this is what I used), just strain the sauce first through a fine mesh sieve before placing in bowl*. Stir in the fresh raspberries, then let the sauce stand for approximately one hour.

To Serve
  1. When ready to serve the panna cotta, remove ramekins from refrigerator. To remove the custard, run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of each ramekin to loosen it up. Place a dessert plate on top of each ramekin and quickly invert (flip the plate over, while holding both the plate and the ramekin) onto plate to unmold.

  2. Spoon raspberry-orange sauce around (with a little on top) the panna cotta to serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1335IU27%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mocha Truffles

You’ll love these easy to prepare mocha truffles, chocolate covered creamy treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving! Recipe makes 5 dozen!I LOVE to make truffles for our family and friends to enjoy any old time of the year. One of my "traditions" is to make Mocha Truffles each year at Christmas time, along with a couple other kinds of truffles.
I LOVE to make truffles for our family and friends to enjoy any old time of the year. One of my “traditions” is to make Mocha Truffles each year at Christmas time, along with a couple other kinds of truffles.

I found this amazingly simple truffle recipe in one of my old “Taste of Home” magazines almost 20 years ago. They taste wonderful, and are surprisingly easy to make. I’ve made good old mocha truffles countless times over the years, and they always are a big hit!

Do You Enjoy Truffles Or Bon Bons?

Do you enjoy truffles or bon bons? We sure do, and I try to make a new flavor every year at Christmas! You can find all of my truffle and bon bon recipes in the Recipe Index at the top of the page. A few favorites include chocolate orange truffles, peanut butter bon bons, and maple cream bon bons.

Mocha truffles are some of my absolute favorite decadent treats! The rich chocolate and coffee flavor combination is the reason I have made these truffles so many times over the years. They are so good, and so creamy… sigh. If only they were calorie-free!

Close up photo of a few of the mocha truffles.

Even though I don’t have photos of the “process” for making these truffles, it is a fairly simple process. Creamy chocolate mocha filling is mixed, shaped into balls, refrigerated, then dipped into chocolate to cover. That’s basically it! Anyone can make mocha truffles… really!

I hope you will give these mocha truffles a try. They are great ANY time of the year, and are a wonderful “sweet” gift to give a friend or colleague. Trust me. Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Source: Stacy Abell, Taste of Home Magazine, Dec./Jan. 1995 issue, pg. 25
Mocha Truffles
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 
You'll love these easy to prepare mocha truffles, chocolate covered creamy treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving! Recipe makes 5 dozen!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mocha truffles
Servings: 60 truffles (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 122 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 packages (12 oz. each) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 1 lb. dark chocolate confectionery coating * (see note at end of recipe)
  • White confectionery coating for decorative "drizzle" (Optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the truffles: Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (or in a double boiler). Add cream cheese, coffee granules and water to the chocolate and mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate until chocolate is firm enough to shape.

  2. Shape the chilled chocolate mixture into 1 inch balls (Scoop chocolate out of bowl with spoon; use your hands to roll them-yes...it is a bit messy, but fun!). Place the chocolate balls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until very firm.
  3. To make the chocolate coating: Melt the chocolate confectionery coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip the truffles, one at a time in the chocolate to completely cover and then place covered truffle on waxed paper to let the chocolate harden. *I usually use a toothpick inserted into the chocolate ball to dip them. When dipped, I remove the toothpick and cover the hole where the toothpick was with additional chocolate. Once finished dipping and "drizzling" the truffles, let harden on waxed paper. Once hardened, I love to place them in individual mini-candy papers for a festive look! Keep the finished truffles refrigerated!
  4. **If desired, you can melt the white confectionery coating to decoratively "drizzle" over the truffles, or you can drizzle additional chocolate coating or sprinkles.
Recipe Notes

**Recipe creator says these truffles may be frozen for several months BEFORE dipping in chocolate. Thaw un-dipped truffles in the refrigerator before dipping.
**Chocolate or white confectionery coating can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores. Sometimes it is called "almond bark" or "candy coating". If you can't find it, a great substitute would be 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus 1 TBSP shortening, melted together (can double this amount). (I have done this...works like a charm!)

Nutrition Facts
Mocha Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Starbucks Lemon Loaf

You’re gonna LOVE this copycat version of the famous Starbucks lemon loaf, bursting with flavor! It’s EASY to make it yourself (8 slices) and save money!You're gonna LOVE this copycat version of the famous Starbucks lemon loaf, bursting with flavor! It's EASY to make it yourself (8 slices) and save money!

Here’s another great “Copycat” recipe of a very popular item at the famous coffeehouse. I made this Starbucks Lemon Loaf last week after finding it in one of my “Top Secret Recipe” cookbooks.

Seriously, folks…this Starbucks lemon loaf is so very easy to make, in the comfort of your own kitchen! Wonderfully delicious and full of bright, lemony goodness, I highly recommend this tasty treat!

Grab a cup of coffee from your own coffeemaker and make this Starbucks lemon loaf, with a glazed lemon icing on top…stat!

Why not go crazy... invite a few hundred friends to come lounge around on your chairs and couches with their laptop computers and smartphones while you eat this delicious treat!

Then you will at least THINK you’re at that coffeehouse, spending a lot more of your hard earned cash for this Starbucks lemon bread than it costs to make!

A slice of Starbucks lemon loaf (copycat version), with the rest of the loaf behind it.
Making Starbucks Lemon Loaf At Home Will Save You Money

Just think, if you bought 8 slices of this Starbucks lemon loaf at the local “famous coffee place”, it would cost you around $24 dollars.

Let me assure you… you can make 8 slices of this absolutely delicious Starbucks Lemon Loaf in a very short amount of your time, for a fraction of that price!

The whole Starbucks lemon loaf, with lemon icing dripping off sides.

This recipe for Starbucks Lemon Loaf freezes well, too. That will also help to save you some of your hard-earned money in the long term!

If you wrap the Starbucks lemon loaf slices very well, place in airtight bags in freezer, you can enjoy a piece whenever you want, by simply thawing it out!  *And there you have it- my money-saving tip for the day, folks!

Slices of Starbucks lemon loaf, with glazed lemon icing on top.Interested In Other Sweetened Bread Recipes For Breakfast?

If you enjoy loaves of sweet bread similar to this lemon loaf with lemon glaze, I am confident you will enjoy several of my other recipes. These include Starbucks Gingerbread (copycat recipe), Apple Cinnamon Bread, Carrot Zucchini Bread, or Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread, to name a few. YUM!

Have a great day…and try to make each moment count, in this day you’ve been given!

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Author's signatureRecipe adapted from: “Top Secret Recipes Unlocked”, by Todd Wilbur (published 2009-The Penguin Group)

Starbucks Lemon Loaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
You're gonna LOVE this copycat version of the famous Starbucks lemon loaf, bursting with flavor! It's EASY to make it yourself (8 slices) and save money!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks lemon loaf
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 412 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the lemon loaf:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
For the lemon icing:
  • 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl (or the base of your stand mixer), beat the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon juice until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, to the egg mixture; beat till smooth.
  5. Add the oil and mix well.
  6. Pour the ingredients into a well-greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick (stuck in the middle of the loaf) comes out clean. Remove loaf from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Remove loaf from pan when cooled.
  8. While loaf is cooling, make the icing: Combine the icing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix on low with an electric mixer or whisk till all lumps have disappeared. When the lemon loaf has cooled, frost the top surface of the loaf with the icing. Wait for the icing to "set up", then slice into 8 - 1 inch slices.
  9. Grab a piece of this great treat, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, grab a good book, sit down and get comfortable... (or if you're like some people I know...grab a slice and shove it in your mouth as you're running out the door!) Either way... ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Starbucks Lemon Loaf
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes), are little balls of yummy buttery shortbread with pecans, coated with powdered sugar.Snowball Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! These delicious cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes), are little balls of scrumptious buttery shortbread with pecans, coated with powdered sugar.

Traditions… I love them! This recipe for Snowball Cookies is one of those dearly loved holiday traditions in our family. Little balls of buttery shortbread, bursting with pecans (or walnuts) and rolled in sweet powdered sugar are the perfect Christmas treat to eat or give to family and friends!

My Mom made these delicious snowballs cookies for us when we were growing up. To continue the tradition, I’ve been making them with her recipe for over 40 years at Christmas for our family, and as gifts for friends and neighbors.

Other Names For Snowball Cookies

I’ve heard these snowball cookies referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Shortbread Bites, etc. Seems like everyone has a recipe and a name for them. Whatever they are called, these cookies really are little bites of “shortbread goodness”.

The snowball cookies look like little snowballs because they are round and coated with powdered sugar once baked! They seem to just melt in your mouth (just like snow), and are very easy to make.

If You Enjoy Shortbread Cookies, You Will LOVE Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies go perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea! These decadent treats are not just for Christmas, because they can be enjoyed ANY time of year. If you enjoy shortbread, you will LOVE these cookies! Rich and buttery, with a hint of sweetness from the powdered sugar, these are one of my favorite Christmas treats!

Here’s a photo of some of the snowball cookies ready to eat… yum! I hope you will give them a try, because they are lip-smackin’ delicious!!

Snowball cookies, cooling on a wire rack.

The dough for snowball cookies is easy to make. Once made, the cookie dough is chilled, rolled into balls, baked, and then rolled in powdered sugar.

That’s really all there is to it! And snowball cookies sure are delicious, so I bet ya can’t eat just one of ’em! YUM.

Snowball cookies, cooling on parchment paper.

I love to eat a couple of these buttery snowball cookies with a good strong cup of coffee to sip on! Ahhhh… they are so very good, and are a perfect small bite of goodness!

Hope you will consider making a nice big batch of snowball cookies. They are absolutely delicious, no matter what time of year you make them! Have a GREAT day!

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Snowball Cookies
Prep Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
Snowball Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes), are little balls of yummy buttery shortbread with pecans, coated with powdered sugar.
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowball cookies
Servings: 60 (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 67 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For cookies:
  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes, room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans), chopped
For Topping:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered) to roll the baked cookies in when done
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until thoroughly mixed. Add the water and vanilla, and mix together. Slowly add the flour (the dough will become very thick). Stir in the nuts.
  2. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours in refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator. Spoon out and roll dough in your hands to make 1" round cookie dough balls.
  4. Bake snowballs on un-greased baking sheets for 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees, or until just slightly browned. Remove cookies from oven; let cool just a minute, then carefully roll each cookie in a bowl of powdered sugar, to cover. Cool on a wire rack. Once cool, coat them a second time with the powdered sugar, if desired. That's it!
Recipe Notes

The prep time indicated is not active prep time. The cookies take only a few minutes to prepare, then dough must be refrigerated (inactive prep time) for a couple hours.

Nutrition Facts
Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies are decadent yummy treats, flavored with cranberries, pecans, orange zest and juice, and topped with a simple orange glaze!Cranberry Orange Cookies are decadent yummy treats, flavored with cranberries, pecans, orange zest and juice, and topped with a simple orange glaze!

I used to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange for my co-workers in our home each December for many, many years, which is where I first tried these Cranberry Orange Cookies. We would have between 10-20 friends show up to participate each year.

It is so much fun to play ridiculously silly games, nibble on appetizers, visit and laugh, and see the different types of cookies each friend/co-worker made and brought to share. I always hosted this party in our home the first week of December, so it was a GREAT way to kick off the holiday season!

How Does A Cookie Exchange Work?

Everyone brings six dozen cookies (one kind/recipe), and brings the recipe for them, too! We divide the total number of cookies by the number of friends participating to see how many cookies (per variety) we pack in our boxes to take home!

Each person leaves with a big box with six dozen ASSORTED homemade Christmas cookies, and all of the cookie recipes! MAKE 1 KIND OF COOKIE… LEAVE WITH 15-20 KINDS OF COOKIES!

I love cookie exchanges, because we only have to cook once, but leave with a variety of delicious cookies, just in time for the holidays! Now that is my kind of party! We also play lots of crazy games, and have a blast!

Some of the cookies (including cranberry orange cookies) brought to the Christmas cookie exchange.Some of my friends at the Christmas cookie exchange.

How I Got The Recipe For Cranberry Orange Cookies

One year, my friend Valerie brought Cranberry Orange Cookies to share. I was immediately in love with the orange and cranberry flavors that permeated these cookies, and couldn’t wait to try the recipe on my own. Winner! My friend Valerie is on the left in the photo below.

I got the recipe for the cranberry orange cookies from my friend Valerie, on the left.

I’ve made these yummy cranberry orange cookies a few times since then, and they never disappoint! They are easy to make and are DELICIOUS!

The picture of the cookies I made isn’t the greatest at representing these wonderful treats, but trust me…they’re fantastic! Perfect for any time of the year! Have a great day!

Looking For More COOKIE Recipes?

You can find all of my cookie recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorites include:

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Cranberry Orange Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 

Cranberry Orange Cookies are decadent yummy treats, flavored with cranberries, pecans, orange zest and juice, and topped with a simple orange glaze!

Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange cookies
Servings: 48 cookies (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 121 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For cookies:
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped (can substitute walnuts, if desired)
For glaze:
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated and brown sugars. Beat till smooth. Add egg, and mix till well blended. Add in 1/ 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest and 2 TBSP. of orange juice. Mix well.

  3. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; stir this into the orange mixture, a little at a time. Add dried cranberries and pecans. Stir in until well mixed and evenly distributed through the dough.

  4. Drop dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Make sure to space cookies 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until edges turn golden. Remove cookies from oven. Let cool slightly, then remove cookies from baking sheets to wire racks to cool.

  5. While cookies are baking (or while they are cooling), in a small bowl mix together 1 tsp. grated orange zest, 3 TBSP. orange juice, and 1 1/2 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar until completely smooth. When cookies have cooled, either spread or drizzle the glaze over the top of the cookies, then let them sit until glaze hardens. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 13g14%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maple Cream Bon Bons

Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You’ll love these maple flavored treats!Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You'll love these maple flavored treats!
Every year during the holidays, I pick a couple of new recipes to make (especially chocolate covered truffles or bon bons!), to add to our family’s “tried and true” traditional Christmas treats. One of this year’s new recipes is Maple Cream Bon Bons. AMAZING!

I enjoy making a variety of “homemade Christmas goodies”, which I LOVE to give to my friends and neighbors. Inevitably I end up making a couple kinds of chocolate-dipped truffles (in this recipe they are called “bon bons”).

I tend to make such a mess in my kitchen each Christmas, with cookbooks, recipes and ingredients scattered everywhere, but I find great JOY in giving to others this time of year!

Maple Cream Bon Bons / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This past Christmas I found this delicious sounding recipe for maple cream bon bons during a search online at Taste of Home. These creamy, chocolate covered treats were very easy to make (with only a few ingredients… a big plus!) and the maple flavor SHINES!

They are so cute when placed in a decorative candy wrapper… perfect for gift giving! Who wouldn’t like to receive a plate of these delicious maple cream bonbons?

Maple Cream Bon Bons / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The recipe makes about 5 dozen maple cream bon bons, so there are plenty to take to work, give away as gifts, or plenty to save and stash away in the refrigerator for a late night craving…they are SO GOOD!

A look at the inside of a maple cream bon bon.
Sure hope you give these little bites of yumminess a try. Maple cream bon bons are very, very good!

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Maple Cream Bon Bons
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You'll love these maple flavored treats!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple cream bon bons
Servings: 5 dozen
Calories Per Serving: 125 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For bonbons:
  • 1 cup butter , softened (2 cubes)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered)
  • 3 Tablespoons maple flavoring
  • 2 cups walnuts (I used pecans), chopped
For coating:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter, powdered sugar, and maple flavoring till smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts (or pecans).

  2. Shape mixture into 1" balls. Place dough balls onto a wax paper covered baking sheet and put into freezer for 1/2 an hour.

  3. In a microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips **(30 seconds on high. Stir. 30 seconds on high. Stir. Watch carefully so that you don't burn the chocolate. Should be melted and smooth after stirring the second time, but microwave an additional 15 seconds or so, then stir, if not.).
  4. Dip dough balls into chocolate mixture one at a time (I insert a toothpick into the dough ball, then dip, cover with chocolate then remove, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. You may want to use a spoon to finish coating the bonbon. Place each covered bonbon on wax paper-lined baking sheets, removing the toothpick and hiding the "hole" with a touch of melted chocolate. Place bonbons in refrigerator when done. Refrigerate till set...then ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Maple Cream Bon Bons
Amount Per Serving (1 bon bon)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones

Fall is here, and it’s time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!Fall is here, and it's time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!

I think you’re going to love these Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones! Our family sure loves them! The recipe is a copycat recipe of the famous Starbucks glazed pumpkin scones.

Easy and delicious, they are perfect for breakfast (or a quick afternoon treat with coffee or tea) any time of the year.

HOWEVER… there’s something about Fall that screams “Bake these glazed PUMPKIN scones…now!”

Glazed Pumpkin Scones Are Perfect To Serve This Time Of Year

There’s just something about cool weather, warm jackets, fires in the fireplace, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg that just “goes” together, right? The traditional flavors of Fall are definitely present in these delicious scones!

That’s why these glazed PUMPKIN scones are perfect for this time of year!

Pumpkin glazed scones go perfect with Fall... pumpkins are everywhere!

These double glazed pumpkin scones are ridiculously delicious! They are not crumbly and dry (yuck- I hate dry, crumbly scones), but are absolutely divine!

The pumpkin scones are flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. These traditional spices combine to create the unique “Fall” pumpkin spice flavor in these scones.

Double glazed pumpkin scones on a white plate, ready to serve!
You can get comfy on your couch or in front of a nice fire in the fireplace… and enjoy every bite of these Fall inspired glazed pumpkin scones!

If you’ve never made scones before, no worries. They are very easy to make, and you will love the results!

Double glazed pumpkin scones are ready to eat!

I didn’t take a bunch of photos to document the process this time. If you’d like to see photos of the “basics” for making scones, you can see them in my recipe for Chocolate Chip Orange Scones.

I also have a LOT of my other scone recipes listed in the Recipe Index, found at the top of each blog post. I’m confident there will be a variety there you will enjoy! Here is a collage of some of them!

A collage of other scone recipes available on blog besides glazed pumpkin scones.

Hope you enjoy making these glazed pumpkin scones, and trust that you will enjoy them as much as we do.  Have a fantastic day!

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Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2011/10/double-glazed-pumpkin-scones/

Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Fall is here, and it's time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glazed pumpkin scones
Servings: 6 scones
Calories Per Serving: 503 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scones:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 7 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 Tablespoons cold , unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 Tablespoons half and half
  • 1 large egg
For powdered sugar glaze #1:
  • 1 cup + 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
For spiced glaze #2:
  • 1 cup + 3 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil (or spray) a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, or fork, (or just slightly pulse these ingredients in a food processor), cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and there are no obvious big chunks of butter. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix together, and then form the dough into a ball.
  3. Pat out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a circle, rolling or shaping it out to about 1 inch high and approx. 8 inches wide. Using a pizza cutter or a long, sharp knife (I'm a knife girl, myself), slice dough circle in half, width-wise, then equally cut each half into 3 pieces (just like cutting a pie, right?). You should end up with 6 scones. (*If you want some really small, light-bite scones: divide the dough ball in half and form two wedges, then cut as usual.)
  4. Bake scones at 425 degrees for 14-16 minutes on prepared baking sheet (*slightly less time if making the much smaller scones). Scones should begin to turn light brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Add glaze after scones have cooled completely. Serves 6. Enjoy!
  5. To make Glaze #1 (plain glaze): Mix the powdered sugar and 2 TBSP milk till smooth. When scones have cooled, use a pastry brush to "paint" the glaze over the top of each scone. Let dry (harden) slightly.
  6. To make Glaze #2 (spiced glaze): Mix the ingredients for the spiced glaze together. Drizzle this thicker glaze over the plain glaze and allow the glaze to dry (harden) before serving (approx. 1 hour). It is easy to drizzle this glaze with a whisk (or a squirt bottle works fantastic!).
Recipe Notes

If you want smaller scones, there are 2 options. 1) Slice dough wedge into 8 wedges before baking, OR 2) Divide dough into 2 rounds, then cut each one into 6 small scones. If cooking the much smaller portions (option 2), remember to adjust baking time... they will take less time to bake.

Nutrition Facts
Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone (1/6th of total))
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 321mg9%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3600IU72%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sprinkle Bars

Sprinkle bars are classic chewy bar cookies with chocolate, coconut, and pecans! Perfectly easy dessert to make (serves 24) for the holidays, or anytime!Sprinkle bars are classic chewy bar cookies with chocolate, coconut, and pecans! Perfectly easy dessert to make (serves 24) for the holidays, or anytime!

These Sprinkle Bars are so delicious and easy to make, it’s ridiculous!  And talk about yummy…oh my goodness! Chewy, rich and decadent, they are the most requested Christmas treat at our house each year.

Our family tradition at Christmas time is to have these scrumptious layered chocolate, coconut and pecan bar cookies around to munch on, and to give to our friends and neighbors.

This recipe for sprinkle bars was passed down to me from my Mom over 35 years ago. My Mom is the keeper of all things sacred, like this family favorite recipe. Where she got the original recipe is anyone’s guess. These addicting treats are also known as layer bars.

Why Are They Called Sprinkle Bars?

They get their name, because chocolate chips, nuts, and flaked coconut are sprinkled onto the buttery graham cracker crust, one layer at a time! Simple, right?

After getting this EASY recipe from her, I’ve been making sprinkle bars every year for over 35 years! I guarantee they will not disappoint you! They are a definite Christmas tradition in our home!

A pan full of fresh baked sprinkle bars, ready to cut into pieces.
The combination of flavors (HELLO chocolate, coconuts and pecans!) make this a very rich and delicious, chewy bar cookie on a buttery graham cracker crust.

Sprinkle Bars Are Quick And Easy To Make

They can be made (start to finish) in about 30 minutes, so as you can tell, they are very dangerous. Be very scared. I can hardly keep them around, once made, without my family gobbling them up!

A close up photo of several sprinkle bar cookies, ready to eat!Sometimes I put on pounds just looking at them. I’m including a photo of the last batch I made. My husband and sons absolutely LOVE Sprinkle Bars.

However- I’m warning you, don’t sit and look too long at the photo! Just get in your kitchen and make some of these chewy decadent bar cookies…stat!

A Christmas plate filled with sprinkle bars, ready to eat!

Another batch of sprinkle bars, cut, and ready to serve.

Look how cute the sprinkle bars are using red and green chocolate chips (great find at the grocery store!!!) Making them this way really adds some extra Christmas color, doesn’t it?

You can even use Christmas colored chocolate chips to make sprinkle bars!

Hope you will give these scrumptious dessert sprinkle bars a try… you’re gonna LOVE ’em!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Sprinkle Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Sprinkle bars are classic chewy bar cookies with chocolate, coconut, and pecans! Perfectly easy dessert to make (serves 24) for the holidays, or anytime!
Category: Bar Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sprinkle bars
Servings: 24
Calories Per Serving: 209 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts , chopped
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 14 ounces canned condensed milk (make sure it is condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a 9x13 pan; place pan in the oven while the oven preheats. This will melt the butter.

  2. Remove pan from oven once butter has melted and stir in, then pat down graham cracker crumbs, forming a bottom "crust". Sprinkle nuts over the top of the crumbs. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the nuts. Sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate chips (see why we call them "sprinkle" bars?)

  3. Drizzle the entire can of condensed milk over the top (it will not completely cover the ingredients, but just make sure you cover as much of the pan of ingredients as possible by drizzling it...a spoon works well to do this).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown on top. Remove from oven to a wire rack. Let bars cool to room temperature. Cut into 24 bars and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Sprinkle Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rainbow Jello Salad

A few boxes of jello, evaporated milk and water are all you need to make this colorful and delicious holiday rainbow jello salad for a crowd!A few boxes of jello, evaporated milk and water are all you need to make this colorful and delicious holiday rainbow jello salad for a crowd!

Whoa…that’s a LOT of jello! Yep, you got that right. This Rainbow Jello Salad has been taking it’s place at most of our Thanksgiving and/or holiday events for the past 30+ years.  This colorful, delicious salad could feed a small village, and it sure is pretty!

I was given this rainbow jello salad recipe by a sweet woman named Mary Alice Brannon about 35 years ago. I saw and tasted it for the first time when she brought it to a church potluck (don’t a large amount of unique recipes come from church potlucks?).

This jello salad was so unique, I asked her for the recipe, and she gave it to me. Now I’ve been making this salad for over 30+ years! It’s practically become a tradition at our holiday gatherings!

What Flavors Are In this Rainbow Jello Salad?

The recipe uses 7 different flavors of jello powder, one can of evaporated milk, and some water. That’s it!

From top to bottom, the flavors of jello in the rainbow jello salad are: Black Cherry, Cherry, Lime, Lemon, Orange, Peach and Strawberry. Every other flavor has some of the evaporated milk in it, which slightly changes the color and texture of that layer!

Why I Make Rainbow Jello Salad The Day Before Serving It

It does takes a bit of time to make this salad, because each layer has to set up before adding the next layer, but don’t let that stop you! The sheer “jiggle power” and colorful rainbow this jello salad adds to any festive meal will be worth your time.

I usually make this rainbow jello salad the day before a big event or holiday meal. When I make it for Thanksgiving, I simply work on the layers throughout the day, as I scurry around my kitchen making other side dishes! It really isn’t hard at all to do this!

The next day, when I am ready to serve it, all I need to do is unmold the salad, and add the whipped cream right before serving!

Rainbow jello salad has seven layers of alternating colors!

This recipe makes a LOT of rainbow jello salad (16 servings), so here’s my public service warning (ha ha). This jello salad will feed a lot of people!

Unless you want this quivering tower of rainbow jello salad looking at you for a week in your refrigerator, make sure a lot of people will be there to help eat it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Rainbow jello salad with a whipped cream garnish is ready to eat!

This rainbow jello salad is not only colorful, it actually tastes good, too…who knew? I’m getting all jiggly just thinking about it.

I hope you will give this rainbow jello salad a try at your next holiday or large family gathering! Have a great day.

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Rainbow Jello Salad
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
3 hrs
 
A few boxes of jello, evaporated milk and water are all you need to make this colorful and delicious holiday rainbow jello salad for a crowd!
Category: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rainbow jello salad
Servings: 16 servings
Calories Per Serving: 172 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 can evaporated milk (13 oz.)
  • 7 boxes of jello (the small 3 oz. size)
  • (Flavors are---Black Cherry, Cherry, Lime, Lemon, Orange, Peach, and Strawberry)
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Use a 9x13 cake pan or a bundt pan (I always use a bundt pan).
  2. Alternate method 1 and 2 in preparing layers. Be sure jello is "set" before adding the next layer (very important). I usually make one layer, pour it into pan and while that layer is cooling (I actually put it in the refrigerator), I make up the next layer. By the time the first layer is set, you can add the now warm next layer on top, and so on. Here are the two methods:
  3. Method 1: Dissolve jello into 1 cup of boiling water, then add 1/2 cup cold water
  4. Method 2: Dissolve jello into 1 cup boiling water, then add 1/2 cup evaporated milk.
Build The Jello Salad In This EXACT Order:
  1. Black Cherry (Method 1)
  2. Cherry (Method 2)
  3. Lime (Method 1)
  4. Lemon (Method 2)
  5. Orange (Method 1)
  6. Peach (Method 2)
  7. Strawberry (Method 1)
  8. Refrigerate completed jello for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, hold the bundt pan with two hands and lower it gently into a sink full of warm water (being careful not to fully submerge it!) Only let the water come up 3/4 OF THE WAY UP THE SIDES OF THE PAN. Hold it in the warm water for approx. 30-45 seconds. BE CAREFUL NOT TO LET THE WATER RUN OVER THE EDGE OF THE PAN. You should see the edges of the jello begin to detach from the sides of the pan. Place a serving platter over the top of bundt pan-using two hands firmly holding jello pan and platter together, quickly invert them at the same time (turn it upside down). Jello should release from the pan and land on platter in all it's jiggly glory. If it does not release, flip the pan and platter back over and put jello pan back in the water for a few more seconds, then give it another shot. Once removed, place jello onto serving platter. Garnish with whipped cream. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow Jello Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Orange Almond Biscotti

Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. They are perfect to dunk in coffee!Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. Perfect to dunk in coffee!

Do you like biscotti?  I REALLY love biscotti, that crispy little “breakfast cookie” Dunking biscotti unceremoniously and without apology into my steaming, hot cup of morning coffee is a good thing! Ahhhh…simple pleasures! You will love the taste of these Orange Almond Biscotti!

I found this orange almond biscotti recipe online, and they were a snap to make. These Italian cookies are crispy, and taste great with a nice strong cup of coffee! A good flavor combination of orange and chocolate makes these one of my “go to” biscotti recipes.

I’ve made these crisp biscotti many times, and have given many plates of them as gifts to my unsuspecting good friends and neighbors. They are always a hit.

Some of the biscotti were wrapped and given to friends celebrating the arrival of Fall!
Decorating The Orange Almond Biscotti

Dipping the bottoms of the baked and cooled biscotti into melted semi-sweet chocolate makes these cookies perfect!

Once cooked, place the orange almond biscotti on waxed paper to harden the chocolate. For a nice touch, drizzle some of the melted chocolate over the top of the biscotti, to finish them off.

You can see the melted chocolate on the bottom of the orange almond biscotti.
Chocolate On The Bottom AND Top Of These Biscotti

Here is a photo of the last batch of orange almond biscotti I made. I hope you enjoy these delicious little crispy cookies, too! And by all means, dunk them in a mug of coffee before each bite!

Orange almond biscotti are drizzled with melted chocolate on top.See? There is chocolate on the bottom AND drizzled on top of these cookies to make them look all cute and fancy! YUMMO!

A look at the side of one orange almond biscotti... you can see the almonds!

Hope you enjoy this recipe for orange almond biscotti! If you enjoy it, be sure to also check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Biscotti! Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://bakingbites.com/2011/10/orange-almond-biscotti/ 

Orange Almond Biscotti
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. Perfect to dunk in coffee!

Category: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange almond biscotti
Servings: 24 (approx. 2 dozen)
Calories Per Serving: 264 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds , toasted (cook in skillet, stir constantly on low,. 2-3 minutes)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange zest (from approx. 2 oranges)
To make chocolate glaze for bottoms of biscotti and drizzle glaze:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar till fully mixed and light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the egg white and vanilla extract.
  4. With the mixer on a slow speed, gradually add in the flour mixture, blending just until flour is fully mixed in. Stir in the orange zest and the toasted almonds.
  5. Divide the dough in half. With lightly floured hands, shape one half of the dough into a "log", about 2 1/2 inches high and 8-10 inches long (log should be fairly narrow) on the prepared cookie sheet (dough will be sticky, so make sure you flour your hands to work with the dough). Prepare the other half of the dough in the same manner, but make sure to use another parchment-lined cookie sheet, as the dough will "spread a bit".
  6. Place the cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (or until the biscotti are dark golden and set. The biscotti should spring back slightly when lightly pressed in the center. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Allow the dough logs to cool on a wire rack for approximately 20 minutes, then slice into cookies 1/2-3/4 inch thick, using a sharp knife. Arrange the biscotti upright on baking sheets. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Put biscotti back into oven a second time and bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the sides and slightly crisp. The top and bottom of the biscotti should be relatively dark. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. If you want to dip the bottom of the biscotti or drizzle them with chocolate: Melt 1 cup chocolate chips (or more, as needed) in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 T. vegetable shortening in the microwave for approx. 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds so the chocolate doesn't burn, till smooth).
  9. When biscotti have cooled completely, I dip the bottom of the biscotti (or "paint" on the chocolate using a pastry brush) in melted semi-sweet chocolate , then place on parchment paper or foil until chocolate has hardened. Then I drizzle the chocolate on top of the biscotti. I usually end up using a pastry brush to brush the melted chocolate onto the bottom of the biscotti and a honey dipper to drizzle the glaze over the top of the biscotti. Set the biscotti aside and let the chocolate complete harden, then store finished biscotti in an airtight container till you're ready to dunk 'em in your coffee. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Orange Almond Biscotti
Amount Per Serving (1 biscotti)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. Perfect to dunk in coffee!

 

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