the holidays are in full swing.
it seems unseasonably warm here in virginia, which is not a complaint from this texas girl. we're not bred for cold. but it's just cold enough to enjoy the holidays... a little christmas music, lights strung throughout the house, the elf of the shelf, and the smells of freshly baked christmas goodies wafting through the air.
last year i baked about a dozen batches of biscotti for my parents to give as gifts. this year, considering my full plate of busy-ness (including finishing my manuscript, which i turned in today - yay!), my mom showed much kindness and resisted asking for a round two of christmas biscotti-a-thon. but i can't really let the season slip by without at least a batch or two. since the favorites last year were the gingerbread and the chocolate-peppermint versions, i eeny-meeny-miny-moe'd and landed on these beauties...
which i may have rigged just a bit, because i totally have a thing for the mint-chocolate combination. there is just something so refreshing about those two together (which would also explain the ever-present bag of peppermint patties in my freezer). not to mention the happy candy stripes that top these cookies... they're just so christmas and a great way to use extra candy canes or peppermints. i'm also kinda addicted to those white chocolate-peppermint kisses that only come out this time of year. the little sugary beads of peppermint-y-ness and the smooth white chocolate are just the right little bite at the end of the day. i've never before used them in these biscotti, but decided i might as well share the delicious wealth so i chopped them up and threw them in. the flavor they added to my basic chocolate biscotti was exactly what i was looking for.
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