It’s Day 2 of the Simply Sophisticated Cooking 13-Day Holiday Challenge.
Our DIY food kit for Day 2 is a holiday inspired Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti.
While most of us in the US associate biscotti with the double baked hard cookie that we dip into coffee or drinks, biscotti is actually the Italian word for cookies. This means you already know at least one Italian word!
My Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti are the traditionally thought of biscotti. Although you can just drop the drop onto a cookie sheet as drop cookies and you’ll have lovely tasty soft cookies if you prefer them instead of the harder cookie.
It is a fun recipe and pretty versatile if you want to switch things up. Add nuts or I even use fresh cranberries instead of dried sometimes. I do recommend using dried cranberries for the food kits because it makes it easier to keep without being in the fridge. And if you don’t like cranberries, use cherries or raisins or another dried fruit.
I do recommend using dried cranberries for the food kits because it makes it easier to keep without being in the fridge.
And if you don’t like cranberries, use cherries or raisins or another dried fruit. That’s the fun of a fruity, chocolatey cookie like this. You can follow the recipe or mix it up however you like. I just love recipes like that!
Biscotti also makes a great already baked gift as well.
And because these are holiday flavored, they are fun to send to the office or work for the holiday Christmas parties.
Another fun thing about my Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti is they are made mostly out of whole wheat flour. You could make them completely using whole wheat flour and they are just as tasty but I felt they became a little dense in texture.
The kits are easy to assemble. You can layer the ingredients into mason jars, give-away plastic containers with lids or ziplock bags. Pop them into a pretty gift bag and you’re all set with a great gift. It’s also easy to make several at once.
When making the Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti, mix all the dry ingredients or layer into a jar. Add a small bottle of vanilla on the side and you have your biscotti kit.
If you want to add a little extra to the kits, consider adding items such as mixing bowls, parchment paper, kitchen spoons or even baking sheets.
It’s really all about having fun and giving gifts that keep on giving.