Black Friday Biscotti – 2 Recipes

I don’t really get Black Friday—I don’t think I even knew it existed until a few years ago because some of the students at my parent’s house were talking about it. It seems there are a lot of typically American things I don’t know about. My boyfriend Dennis commented about it the other day over a dinner of ribs—a first for me.

“Are you American? Did you grow up here?”

Yes, I am American. But the whole idea of having to commit to one identity and one culture is weird to me. I am older sister, younger sister, daughter; I am mixed, Japanese, Irish, American; I was wife—am soon to be divorced and single. All these labels—they tell me where I belong, and at the same time, where I don’t.

And now I’ve gone way off topic. I want to talk about my biscotti. I didn’t get up early; I missed all the Black Friday sales. I did, however, make a trip to Fry’s with my mom and Liam—a trip which left me feeling confused, overwhelmed and completely drained of energy that I had to run home and bake just to make me feel better.

So I baked biscotti—yes, again. I used the Joy of Baking recipe as a base (the same one I used for my So Thankful Raisin Almond Biscotti). It’s seriously perfect. The basic ingredients, i.e. flour, sugar, eggs, etc. stay the same; the add-ins, though, you can go completely crazy with. All you have to do is remember to keep the amounts to about 1/2 cup (I totally cheat on this. The more nuts, chocolate and berries—the better).

Peanut Butter-Nutella-Chocolate with Almonds Biscotti (for full recipe, click here)


Follow the basic recipe, then adapt by mixing in these add-ins:

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 large handful almonds, roughly chopped

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds.

1/2 cup nutella, warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds

Dark Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds and Coconut (for full recipe, click here)

Again, follow the basic recipe, then adapt by mixing in these add-ins:

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1-2 large handfuls almonds, roughly chopped

1-2 large handfuls unsweetened coconut flakes

4 oz. dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Pictures coming soon!

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