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Amazing Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti

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Its getting to be that chilly season again, where a cup of coffee is good anytime of the day, and the only thing I can think to make that better (besides adding Bailey’s to that coffee!) is to serve it with homemade biscotti! And boy-oh-boy have I found a delicious recipe for you!

I love switching recipes up, and this one would be so easy mix-and-match ingredients to make your very own yummy biscotti combinations. (My favorite so far is a lemon & white chocolate biscotti.. YUM!)

I found this recipe off Pinterest (oh how I love you), and it is just too good not to share. Its from a website called SkinnyTaste and, though you won’t believe it when  you taste the final product, they are low fat! *She does have a full-fat version for those of you  who don’t think things can taste good without butter.. Smile


 

Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti

  • 1-2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar (you can put sugar in food processor)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white

Preheat oven to 375°. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add chocolate chips and mix. Gradually add eggs and egg whites to the mixture and combine to make a dough. (If dough is too dry add one more egg white)

Divide the dough into two, place on the lined baking sheets and spread in two thin rectangles about 4 inches wide, 1/2 inch tall. Bake 20 minutes.

When cool enough to handle (after about 10 minutes), gently cut the loaves on the angle into 1/2 inch slices (a serrated bread knife works good for this).

Return to the baking sheets fitting as many as you can on their side. You may need to do this in batches. Bake the biscotti for another 3-4 minutes on each side. (less time for if you like it softer)

Makes around 24

 


I made two batches of these, one as described and another minus the cocoa powder. I did have to add an extra egg white to the one with the cocoa powder to get it to stick, but they both turned out amazing! I can’t wait to try more variations of this in the next couple weeks, & I encourage you to do the same! Enjoy!

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Bridal Shower Crafts

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About a month ago I was the matron of honor in a close friend’s wedding, which meant I also got the throw her bridal shower – which I had NEVER done before! In fact, I’d barely even gone to any bridal showers! So what’s a girl to do?

Pinterest to the rescue! Smile I searched through tons of bridal shower boards and suggestions until I found a mix of fun ideas that were a good fit for the bride-to-be. *Note: I had the bride’s camera for the shower, so don’t have the actual pictures yet – just my inspiration photos

First up: Decorations! I picked a blue/teal/yellow theme

Love these Poms! I picked up a multi-color tissue paper pack from Target, then followed the tutorial from MarthaStewart. Very simple and super cute!

Source: google.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

 

 

These heart streamers are so whimsical! I bought a music book full of love songs, and cut them out with a scalloped scissors, adding an occasional yellow heart as well to stick with the theme. They definitely helped set the mood for the party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beverage table was dressed up with these cute LOVE letters, in blue, white, teal, & gold. Simple enough to take wooden letters from any craft store and wrap with yarn until you’re happy with the design!

Source: cookslookingforward.blogspot.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

Next: Games!

I didn’t want to do all traditional (boring) bridal shower games, so I was pumped when I came across this fun take on a he said/she said game, called Staches & Tiaras! I made one mustache and one tiara for everybody, then read off the answers to a silly questionnaire I made up. They had to guess if it was the groom’s answer (put up the mustache) or the bride’s (wear the tiara). It was a big hit and people wanted to take home the props!

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Lastly: Take home favors!

I love to bake, so I made an assortment of cookies (snickerdoodle, chocolate dipped spritz, peanut butter) and packaged them up with adorable labels I made using glitter scrapbooking paper, with a thank you note attached. They ended up quite similar to these:

Source: bridesophisticate.blogspot.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

 

 

I have a ton more ideas bouncing around in my head after putting together this bridal shower, so feel free to ask if you feel as lost as I did in the beginning – I’d be glad to help! Smile

Question for readers: Have you ever hosted a shower/party before? Where did you get your ideas?