Yesterday I went searching for a biscotti recipe. There must be a 1000 of these recipes out there with about any kind of ingredient your heart desires. It took me awhile to find what I wanted; a simple, easy recipe using ingredients I have on hand.

I finally found one at Allrecipes. You can see the recipe there. This recipe does call for anise which I did not have. I substituted 1/2 and 1/2 almond and vanilla flavoring. The recipe is very simple.

After the cookies were cooled, I melted some dark coating chocolate and painted the bottom half of the cookies with chocolate. Though I haven't tried this yet, I think you could use this basic recipe and add things like chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits or different flavorings to create a more complex biscotti.

These will be going in some gift and care packages I'm putting together. The packages will also include homemade coffee mixes, hot chocolate mixes, mini loaves of bread, and some other sweet treats.

Nolan (3) has my system down. As we were making these he kept asking me, "Are these the bad ones?" He knows that when we are making Christmas goodies we give the best to our friends and family, and those that don't look quite as pretty we enjoy for ourselves. In this case there were some that got just a tad too toasted on one side. I got distracted. It happens with four kids ya know. Anyway we enjoyed these, with out the chocolate, dipped in coffee for me and milk for the kids. The cookies have a very mild flavor, and are crunchy without being hard. I will be making more of these.

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