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Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

No Comments | Written on July 25, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I have always had the theory that biscotti were the perfect little treat.  It’s essentially a cookie, yet totally acceptable for breakfast.  Having an afternoon coffee break?  So much better with biscotti.  How about a little something sweet after dinner?  The answer is once again biscotti.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

No Comments | Written on April 30, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching you will see a lot of recipes for guacamole or margaritas.  I wanted to share a recipe inspired by one of my favorite south of the border flavors – Mexican Hot Chocolate!  Highlighted by that intriguing flavor combination of rich chocolate and spicy cinnamon.

These Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles have become one of my new favorite cookies!  They also freeze perfectly, so feel free to make a big batch and save some for later.   Although, mine never seem to last that long!

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Easy Palmiers

No Comments | Written on April 4, 2014 at 12:00 am , by

Palmiers or “Elephant Ears” are easy and elegant cookies that are made with only two ingredients!  They are the perfect light snack in the afternoon with a cup of tea, or as a sweet treat at the end of a meal.

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Banana Pudding Cookies

3 Comments | Written on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Today I was in the mood for a cookie…but not just any cookie.  I wanted to try something new.

The first place I thought to look was a fabulous cookbook by fellow food blogger and recipe contester, Anna Ginsberg.  Her book, “The Daily Cookie:  365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life” has something for everyone.  There are drop cookies, cut-out cookies, bar cookies…everything!

After flipping through the pages, one recipe just kept calling my name:  Banana Pudding Cookies.

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Pecan Tassies

1 Comment | Written on December 11, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Looking for a new recipe to try for your next cookie exchange?  This is it!  Pecan Tassies are unique two bite tartlets that taste like miniature pecan pies.  Dusted with a bit of powdered sugar, they make an adorable addition to any holiday cookie platter.

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100 Calorie Snickerdoodles

2 Comments | Written on June 21, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

We all know the old adage “Have your cake, and eat it too.”  Well, I want to have a cookie and eat it too!

With a few simple changes, this recipe for Snickerdoodles has been lightened up a bit, and each cookie is only 100 calories!   Now you can indulge a little every once in a while, without sacrificing your waistline.  For those of you who follow Weight Watchers, these are only 2 points each!

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Best Cookie Ever – Italian Ravioli Cookies

2 Comments | Written on June 13, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

The winning recipe in our “Best Cookie Ever” contest takes an Italian classic and turns it on it’s head.  This is a dessert ravioli!

I think there might be a trend developing here.  This recipe follows in the footsteps of last years $1,000,000 Pillsbury Bake-Off Grand Prize winner, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.  If you love ravioli for dinner, why not enjoy it for dessert too!

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Best Gluten-Free Recipe Ever – Browned Butter Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

2 Comments | Written on April 30, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Last week, we focused on “Gluten-Free” options here at Better Recipes.  These days, we are understanding more about gluten allergies, and many people are choosing to eliminate or reduce gluten from their diet.  We put the call out to our readers to show off their best gluten-free recipes and the response was excellent!  From main dishes to desserts, we were impressed by all the gluten-free recipe suggestion.  In the end, one recipe came out on top and was selected by our judges as the “Best Gluten-Free Recipe Ever.”  Take a look!

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Best Christmas Cookie

1 Comment | Written on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

If you crave Nutella, if you love Ferrero Rocher, if you adore chocolate….I have the cookies for you!

These “Hazelnut Espresso Truffle Cookies” from “Beberman” are some of the best Christmas cookies I have ever tasted.  No wonder the judges choose this recipe to win our recent Holiday Cookie Contest!

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Cookie Recipe Contest Winner – Cranberry Citrus Biscotti

3 Comments | Written on December 13, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

One of the many reasons I love biscotti…

It’s a cookie you can eat for breakfast!  What’s better than that?

This recipe for “Cranberry Citrus Biscotti” earned top honors in the recent “Cookie” themed week of our weekly recipe contest.  Huge round of applause for Mary Hawkes!

This time of year biscotti also makes a wonderful holiday gift.  Since these twice-baked cookies are hearty, they can stand up to the rigors of travel.  Store the biscotti in a decorative tin or jar, tie it up with a bow and you have a beautiful and delicious homemade gift!

Take a look at this winning recipe and then learn a little more about Mary!

Cranberry Citrus Biscotti  (click here to view and print recipe)


3/4 cup Granulated Sugar

2 tsp  Grated Lemon Zest

2 tsp Grated Orange Zest

2 Large Eggs

2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted

1/2 tsp  Lemon Extract

2 cups  All-purpose Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/8 tsp  Salt

1/3 cup Finely Chopped Dried Sweetened Cranberries

1/4 cup Finely Chopped Pecans


Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest in large bowl; mix well. Remove and reserve 1 tablespoon; set aside. Add eggs, butter, and lemon extract to sugar. With electric mixer, beat until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. In small bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; add half to egg mixture, beating until smooth. Add remaining flour mixture; beat until smooth. Stir in cranberries and pecans.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Roll into a smooth 9-inch log. Place on a parchment-lined large insulated baking sheet; flatten slightly, forming a 9 x 3-inch log. Sprinkle top with reserved sugar mixture; press in lightly. Bake until golden and crusty, about 23 to 28 minutes. Cool on sheet 5 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300° F.

Using a very sharp knife, cut log on a slight diagonal into 3/4-inch wide slices. Place cut sides down, on same baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes; turn slices over and bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until surfaces are crisp but not browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 12 cookies.

Helpful Tips:

Love this cookie! It is a “not-too-sweet” addition for your Christmas cookie platter. It also travels well and is great for a “sweet treat” gift. I love this biscotti for the summer too–omitting the orange zest and substituting dried blueberries for the cranberries. You can enhance the biscotti by dipping an end in melted white or milk chocolate.

How did you come up with your winning recipe?

I first experimented with a lemon biscotti recipe years ago and discovered that I love biscotti! So, I often use my basic biscotti recipe and change up the flavors for the season, varying the add-ins. I decided to try a winter biscotti using a holiday favorite, cranberries. The result, Cranberry Citrus Biscotti, turned out great. I was going to give some for an early holiday cookie gift—but they disappeared from the cookie tin sooner than I expected. Guess I’ll have to make some more!

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest?

Give me a challenge! There are so many fantastic and innovative recipes entered in the weekly contests, I knew it would be highly competitive. So I challenged myself to submit a recipe that I hoped would catch the judge’s eye.

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges? 

These biscotti have a delectable flavor and a delightful crunch—and tend to be somewhat addicting—so perhaps the judges fell to their cookie charms.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering our recipe contests?

Cook up a storm and create recipes or fine-tune recipes that you and your family like. Also, strive to make that recipe stand out—whether it is a unique use of ingredients, new technique, general appeal and delicious flavors, etc.

Do you have any plans for the prize money?

Well, with Christmas here I am pretty sure I know that the prize will be going toward holiday gifts.

Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

If I were to win the grand prize? Hmmm, not sure, but lounging on a beach in Hawaii sounds mighty tempting…

Do you have any other kitchen tips, recipe advice or culinary wisdom to share with the Better Recipes readers? 

Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients—I recently tried pomegranate molasses and fell in love with it’s acidic yet sweet nuances. Sometimes trying new food items or techniques can lead to delightful culinary experiences.