Mothers Day Biscotti


These Mothers Day Biscotti are a great treat to make for this celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in spring. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

Mother's Day in the United States is an annual holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is the day that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, and the positive contributions mothers have made though out the generations.  Most Mother's Day celebrations throughout the world have quite different origins and traditions, but most have now been influenced by the more recent American tradition established by Anna Jarvis, who celebrated it for the first time in 1907, then campaigned to make it an official holiday. Previous attempts at establishing Mother's Day in the United States sought to promote peace by means of honoring mothers who had lost or were at risk of losing their sons to war. But these never really materialized.

Traditions on this day include churchgoing, the distribution of carnations, and family dinners.  The holiday has been heavily commercialized by advertisers and retailers, and has been criticized by some as a Hallmark Holiday.  What ever your reason for celibrating, why not make it really special, with a batch of Mothers Day Biscotti


Mothers Day Biscotti Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Spring Time M&M’s (chocolate, yellow and pink Morsels
  • 4 oz. white chocolate for drizzle
  • Powdered Red food coloring

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking liner and set aside.
  2. Place one of your oven racks in the middle location of the your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. 
  4. With an electric mixer, whip the butter until fluffy, add the eggs and vanilla and whip until well blended. 
  5. Add egg, mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until a soft dough forms, then fold in the M&M’s
  6. Turn out on to a floured surface and knead until dough comes together.
  7. Divide dough in to two equal parts and shape each into a log 12 inches long.
  8. On prepared baking sheet, place each log and press flat until about 2 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick.
  9. Place in oven and bake till golden brown, about 25-30 minutes
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F while logs cool.
  11. Place log on cutting board.  Using a serrated knife, cut on diagonal, roughly 3/4 inch thick.
  12. Return slice to baking pan, lying on one side.  Bake for additional 30 minutes; turning over half way through the bake.
  13. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack.
  14. Transfer to waxed paper, bottom down
  15. Melt white chocolate in microwave or double boiler, add a pinch of red food coloring and mix until you have a nice even pink color.
  16. Spoon melted chocolate into a small zip lock bag, nip the corner off and drizzle across the top of the biscotti.
  17. Cool completely and store in air tight container to keep fresh. 

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