26 July 2011

Crumbs n Cake

Alice in Wonderland inspired cupcakes.

Apricot Pecan Biscotti......perfect with some coffee in the morning.

makes 3 dozen

8 T. {1 stick} unsalted butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. anise extract
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans {or nut of your choice}
approximatley a cup of dried fruit of your choice
such as dried apricots, figs, dates...
can also use chocolate chips or caramel chips for variety

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Mix butter and sugar on medium with mixer about 2 minutes until creamy.
Add eggs, extracts, and zest and beat on medium until smooth...2 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl then ad to butter mixture. 
Mix on low speed until just incorporated.  Remove dough to clean surface and
divide into quarters.  Form dough into 9 by 1 logs, place on ungreased cookie sheet 2
inches apart, and bake until lightly browned, 25 minutes. 
Remove from baking sheet and let cool slightly.  Lower oven temp to 275 degrees.  Using
a serrated knife, slice logs on the diagonal about 1/2 inch thick.  Arrange biscotti on their sides on
baking sheet.  Return to oven and bake until golden, about 20 min on each side.

Wonderful Sugar Cookies!!  We all love Chanel

Gorgeous way to present a small homemade gift.

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