Almond Anise Seed Biscotti

Continuing on with our month of holiday cookies.  If you missed our subscriber’s bonus recipe for this month (Chocolate Mint Meringues), subscribe to the blog for free to access that recipe and receive a subscriber’s only bonus recipe every month.  Biscotti is often overlooked when it comes to cookies.  But, we think this crunchy cookie that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea should have a place in the holiday baking line-up.  With a hint of licorice from the anise seed, a nutty flavor from almond meal and, (if desired) a drizzling of chocolate, this biscotti is ready to be noticed.

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Buckwheat Chai Shortbread

Holiday baking is upon us, and to say that I am excited would be an understatement.  Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies.  Its buttery crumbly simplicity is the perfect backdrop for subbing some regular flour for stronger flavored flours such as buckwheat.  Rich and nutty in taste, this gluten free flour is not a wheat at all, but a seed, and pairs quite nicely with a full-bodied spice blend like chai.  We’ve even provided a fully gluten free variation with buckwheat flour, brown rice flour and oat flour.  So let’s get that holiday baking on!

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Fig, Red Wine and Chocolate Cake

Figs, red wine, chocolate, cake…need I say more?  Whether you need a last minute Thanksgiving dessert, just love all of the above, or would like a new baking project, this is one of my new favorite fall desserts.  And while fresh figs are in season right now (yay!) and make a beautiful cake topping, the cake actually utilizes dried figs, so no need to worry about fig season, this can be made year round.

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