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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Almond Biscotti Bites-The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014- #fbcookieswap

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Almond Biscotti Bites-The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014- #fbcookieswap

I am so excited to be participating in this year’s cookie swap!  The bloggers over at Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen have started a great thing and are raising money in the process for a very good cause.

Raising money for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer!

With over 500 food bloggers taking part, each participant was paired with 3 bloggers to exchange cookies.  Could you imagine making over 500 dozen and, in turn, receiving that many cookies?  Don’t get me wrong, I could have eaten that many, and I would have loved to taste every singe recipe out there.

I was lucky enough to be paired with three outstanding bloggers!  I anxiously awaited my cookies and, lucky for me, they didn’t all come on the same day.  I got to enjoy mine over a week’s time to prolong the enjoyment!  I even shared with some of my friends!

Lauren's Latest Lemon Crinkles

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I received some lemon crinkle cookies from Kristie at Creative Touch!  They were so creamy and the brightness of the lemon really came through.  CLICK HERE for the recipe and to visit her blog! I ate them before I took a picture so I borrowed the picture from the original source at Lauren’s Latest. Thanks Lauren!

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Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies from More Savory Less Sweet![/caption]

The next dozen cookies I received were from Laura over at More Savory Less Sweet. Catchy name and even better recipes!  These chocolate chunk cranberry pistachio cookies were a hit with my husband.  

Crispy and filled with yummy fruit and nuts, these didn’t last the afternoon in my house.  If you want the recipe, click on the name above to get to Laura’s awesome blog.

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La Cooquette

Salted Dulce de Leche Ginger Alfajores from La Cooquette

My last shipment, which made me teary-eyed because that meant the swap was over so soon, were the Salted Dulce de Leche Ginger Alfajores from Maria at LA Cooquette!  

These were so creamy and the perfect amount of sweetness!  I ate the majority of these and even hid the container so I could keep more of them for myself.  CLICK HERE for the recipe and to visit Maria’s blog!

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I can’t wait  for next year already!

 Being that it is my first year, I racked my brain to come up with a great recipe for this year’s swap and thought I would hold true to my style of making that which was once big, smaller.

I like biscotti, even though I don’t drink coffee, I still drink it with my tea.  Sometimes, not often mind you, I just want two bites worth instead of a whole piece.  I always end up eating the whole biscotti because I don’t want to waste food or I don’t have something to wrap up the leftover piece in to save for later.  

So in true small bites form, I am making my biscotti smaller!  These cookies are made just like traditional biscotti, just cut into smaller sticks instead of the longer cookies.

Next to think of were the flavors.  I poured over pages of biscotti pinterest pins to see what everyone else is coming up with.  Then I figured out I was going about this all wrong.  I stopped, took a deep breath, closed my eyes and tried to imagine what flavor I was in the mood for.  I am always in the mood for salted caramel.  

For a little crunch, I always grab a handful of almonds.  They are my new accessory, like a tea-cup poodle, or a celebrity baby named after some inanimate object, fruit, or direction, these last longer than a trend.  I carry a 2 lb bag of almonds like a second purse.  Once I empty enough of the bag,  I can start carrying my wallet and phone in with the almonds and get rid of my purse all together.

So how about some almond biscotti with some salted caramel thrown in there.  Capped off with some dark chocolate and dusted in sea salt?  Sounds good right?!?!

Here are some pics of the process and the recipe is listed below!

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Mixing the dough

The dough gets sticky so I coat my hands in a little olive oil to help with the shaping process.

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Shaping the biscotti logs pre-baking.

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Cut in 8 pieces, then in half again!

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You can dip or drizzle the dark chocolate on just be sure to sprinkle with salt before it hardens!

I used this great cookie decorating kit that OXO sent me!  I just filled with melted chocolate and it made the job of drizzling less messy and I threw the whole thing in the dishwasher when I was done!  Thanks OXO!

I decided to drizzle some and dip the others.  I like to eat mine while I’m out and about for a snack.  My friend, Dana, likes to dunk hers in her coffee or tea.  She was the one who suggested that the dipped ones might melt into the hot beverage, so I thought the drizzle would be better.  You can always dunk your dipped ones in a tall glass of ice cold milk!  NO MELTING!

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Here’s the recipe!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Almond Biscotti on a festive napkin, in a container and on a server platter

Salted Caramel Almond Biscotti Bites

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This traditionally crispy cookie stick that you dunk in your coffee has tried on a new size! Bite-sized and easy to carry around for those impromptu coffee and tea breaks but won't put you in a food coma.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits or chips
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  5. Add the extract.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients.
  7. Stir in the caramel bits, and almonds.
  8. Place dough in cookie sheet in two loaves that are 10x4 inches long.
  9. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  10. Pull out dough and let cool on a rack for 20 minutes.
  11. Cut each loaf into 8 slices and then cut each slice in half.
  12. Return to cookie sheet, cut side up, and bake for 15 minutes until crispy and firm to the touch.
  13. Cool on rack.
  14. Melt chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler.
  15. Dip bites into chocolate, sprinkle with sea salt, and let chocolate set.
  16. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Andrea

Saturday 18th of August 2018

I'm not usually a fan of biscotti but the flavors you have added here have reformed me

Maria (La Cooquette)

Saturday 20th of December 2014

Yeay! I'm so happy the cookies arrived safe and sound and that you enjoyed them (haha too good to share? :P)

That biscotti looks very tempting by the way! And by what I've read, they're a real good temptation! Congrats!

Hope you have some very merry holidays! :)

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Thanks so much! we fought over the last cookies that you sent us! I had to watch your video so that I can make some more here! Merry Christmas!

Ginger Stark

Monday 15th of December 2014

I was one of the lucky recipients of this D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S biscotti. Thanks so much!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Monday 15th of December 2014

Thanks Ginger! I had so much fun doing this and can't wait for next year! I'm also looking forward to the round up so I can see ALL the recipes!

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