Vegan Eggnog Crunch Biscotti + Giveaway!!!

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I think there’s a rumor going around that biscotti is difficult to make. At least, that’s what I used to think.

I suspect I’m not alone! The other week I was at the grocery store telling this sweet elderly cashier about my biscotti making adventures. With a worried look she replied, “Ohhhh….biscotti…power to you…” as if making biscotti ranked right up there with pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I didn’t tell her it was vegan biscotti either. Perhaps, I just didn’t come across as one who spends hours in the kitchen each day. Long winter jackets cover my flour-marked black pants nicely. If she only saw the state my kitchen was in right now she would really think I was nuts.

Despite the rumors, biscotti is actually one of the easiest baked goods to make. Promise. It just takes more baking time as compared to other common cookie recipes. I first made biscotti back in 2007 and Eric thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Then, I became vegan and biscotti hasn’t seen the light of day in our house, much to Eric’s chagrin. He’s been pestering me to make biscotti ever since and I can only ignore the poor guy for so long.

I can’t tell you how many conversations have started with, “Remember that biscotti you made….BEFORE we were married?” (he always emphasizes the “before” marriage part)

I smirk back, “No, I’m sorry I don’t recall…I’ve just made YOU so many things over the years. You could see how one would forget….”  (I like to emphasize the “you” part)

“It was from BEFORE we got married and BEFORE you became a vegan.”

“Who?” I say with a blank stare.

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Lucky for Eric, I’m a big fan of biscotti. Give me a firm cookie masquerading as a breakfast food and I’m a happy girl.

My first vegan attempt was a pumpkin biscotti. It tasted good, but due to the high moisture content of the pumpkin, the biscotti got soft by the next day. I don’t know about you, but my biscotti has to be crisp. Next, I tried making oil-free vegan biscotti, one with applesauce and one without. Again, they tasted nice, but they got soft or dry as bricks by the next day. Before our vacation, I tested eggnog biscotti (after falling in love with Holly Nog) with a bit of oil and I hit the jackpot. Another test this past weekend and I have the recipe ready to share with you today. Whew.

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It has a light eggnog flavour and the eggnog glaze really brings the flavour out even more. The toasted nuts and dried cranberries give it a great texture and nutty, tart flavour. Even Eric who isn’t an eggnog fan (oops…), really loves this biscotti.

I suggest using fresh nutmeg and cinnamon if you can, but pre-ground works in a pinch. It will still taste great using pre-ground spices (I tried both fresh and pre-ground and they were both delicious).

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When mixing your ingredients (I did this by hand), keep in mind that the dough is going to be very thick. You can stir it with a spoon until the dough looks pretty ragged and rough like this:

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Now get in there with your hands and squeeze it, lightly kneading it together:

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Until it comes together like this:

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Be careful not to overmix the dough…stop as soon as it comes together. It’s ok if there are a couple flour patches too.

Depending on the size you want, you can shape it into 1 or 2 logs. I tried both methods and prefer shaping it into two small logs because it makes smaller pieces that are the perfect size for tea!

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Flatten each half with your hand so it’s easier to shape:

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Now, take a piece of parchment paper and place it on top. Roll it out with a pastry roller or rolling pin (or you can just shape with your hand), stopping to shape the sides with hands as necessary. 

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Tip: You can pick up these pastry rollers for a buck at the Dollarstore. I’ve had mine for a couple years now and they’re still going strong despite my lazy self throwing them into the dishwasher. :)

Once both logs are about 10 inches long by 4-5 inches across, you are good to go. Don’t worry too much about getting the log perfectly shaped.  Biscotti is like pie…just call it rustic and you’re good to go!

I also like to score my logs before the first bake. I just take a knife and gently run it halfway through the dough. This will make it a bit easier to slice your biscotti after the first bake.

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Bake for 30 mins at 350F, and then cool for about 5 minutes on the stovetop. Reduce oven temp to 325F. Carefully slice the biscotti all the way through and flip on one side. They will be delicate at this stage so now’s not the time to use them as drumsticks!

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Bake at 325F for 10 minutes. Remove, flip, and bake for another 5-10 minutes depending how crisp you like it. Cool for at least an hour on a rack and then transfer into a glass container for storage (glass containers keep them firm).

You can add this delicious eggnog glaze just before serving too!

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I scooped the glaze into a plastic baggie, cut off the end, and then “piped” it on. You can drizzle it with a spoon too.

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This glaze is so simple to whisk together and has such a lovely eggnog flavour. I like it heavy on the nutmeg, but feel free to adjust the nutmeg to taste.

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I served it with a side of homemade eggnog tea. Steep black tea as usual and instead of adding in milk add in a hefty portion of vegan eggnog along with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Add sweetener to taste.

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Spiking it with bourbon is optional, but encouraged.

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Vegan Eggnog Biscotti + holiday tin Giveaway!

Because biscotti is for sharing, leave a comment below to be entered to win a tin of this delicious eggnog biscotti! (Note: will ship without glaze).

Contest is open to anyone, anywhere. I will draw the winner on Thursday AM…goodluck!!

One Lucky Duck Winner:

The winner of the One Lucky Duck Giveaway is #1740: Rachel! Rachel said, “kale chips!! so easy to make & convenient for on the go!” Congrats Rachel! I have emailed you to collect shipping info. Thanks to everyone for participating…I loved reading about your fav vegan foods.

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Ami @ parsnipsandpears December 6, 2011

mmm I love biscotti!!

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Tracy December 6, 2011

Those look amazing!

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Kristin December 6, 2011

Wow! That looks amazing! So creative!

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Stephanie December 6, 2011

I love biscotti and I love eggnog, so this combination seems like a winner!

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Emma December 6, 2011

You’re so generous with these giveaways Angela ! They look a fabulous holiday tea-time treat, and one I’d especially like to win since I can’t make them myself (we can’t buy egg-nog over here in England :( ) I’ve made the green tea biscotti and the choc hazelnut biscotti from VCIYCJ and adored them though.

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Jen December 6, 2011

This Saturday morning I’ll be having a date in my kitchen with vegan eggnog biscotti…perhaps with a mug of Rice Dream eggnog! :)

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Liz December 6, 2011

You have just inspired me to do some holiday baking! However, I would also love to win a tin of your biscotti!

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amanda December 6, 2011

looks yummy!!

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alexe December 6, 2011

Yeah! Another contest! I would love to win this because I can’t remember seeing vegan eggnog in Australia so I won’t be able to try this recipe myself… :(

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Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY December 6, 2011

OH MAN! I was stalking your blog today to find out if I won. Though I really shouldn’t complain since I live in NY and can walk to One Lucky Duck! arggghhhhh!

The eggnog glaze looks yummy!

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Lisa December 6, 2011

I am also not a fan of eggnog but those look so good I would love to be proven wrong :)

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Danielle @ Dish'n'Dash December 6, 2011

I wish I could have a piece of biscotti right now!
Going to have to figure out a gluten-free recipe first!

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Nikki Clement December 6, 2011

Yum! I’m keeping my fingers double crossed for this one!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2011

PS- you can sub non-dairy milk for the eggnog if you wish or cant get the eggnog where you live :)

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Jessica December 6, 2011

That’s a great idea. What about maple sugar (added to the wet ingredients) instead of the natural cane?

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Candice @ Sailing on Paper December 6, 2011

This looks amazing!

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Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre December 6, 2011

Yum!! I would love to win this one. They look delicious!

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Amanda December 6, 2011

I can’t seem to get enough eggnog lately and your recipe looks fabulous! I attempted vegan biscotti for the first time a few months ago (chocolate hazelnut) based off of a Veganomicon recipe, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. I should really make biscotti more often…:)

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Margot Viola December 6, 2011

Yummy! Soynog goes quickly in this house, I’m sure biscotti will go even quicker.

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Danielle J December 6, 2011

Would make my week to win this! :D

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Andrea @ Onion in My Hair December 6, 2011

Biscotti are the best because they are super crunchy!

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Anna M December 6, 2011

Awesome! I’d so like to enjoy those with a cup of coffee! :)

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Ulli December 6, 2011

I’m always amazed about your Great pics!!! I compare them with the ones from the beginning of your blog…just amazing! ;-) and the biscotti look delicious!!

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Jeanine (The Blue Sash) December 6, 2011

What a nice December dessert!

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Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream December 6, 2011

I would love to win some biscotti! They look heavenly! But if I don’t, I shall have to give that recipe a try for myself :P

Happy holidays!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles December 6, 2011

Those look so good, I love nutmeg so much :D I will be trying these for sure :)

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Michelle December 6, 2011

Those look delicious! I’m planning to do some biscotti-making this weekend.

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Kelli December 6, 2011

Hmmm, I have always found biscotti to be a bit too crunchy for my liking. I like my cookies soft and chewy… but perhaps it’s time to give them another try. I am jealous of the Holly Nog! I wish I could find some in Winnipeg…

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Amy Ramos December 6, 2011

Since I have been baking every day for the past week, I would love to win this! That way I can enjoy some homemade goodness.

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Emily December 6, 2011

I’ve never attempted biscotti! I was one of those terrified of the “double-baking;” can’t wait to try this!

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Ritika December 6, 2011

I’ve never tried biscotti before so this looks like a fun recipe!

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Danielle December 6, 2011

Since biscotti is for sharing, I would share this with my biscotti-loving mom if I won.

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Vicki December 6, 2011

How long ahead do you think I could make them before giving them as a gift?? They look awesome!

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Aimee December 6, 2011

The biscotti look delicious. I have never tried baking my own. You have a wonderful way of making it look so easy. I might just have to give these a try.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 6, 2011

I am part of the camp that thinks biscotti is hard to make. It just seems so fancy! I’ll have to give it a shot – it would make such nice holiday party host gifts!

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Sarah December 6, 2011

Yum! I am an Australian living in Canada and have never tried egg nog! Love biscotti – so can’t wait to try these :)

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Sophia L December 6, 2011

I always love your food recipes!!!
And this biscotti looks so gooood!!

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Becca S. December 6, 2011

That looks amazing! I’ve been abroad for 11 months and have been looking for eggnog everywhere since November, to no success! Luckily, I get home in a week and can’t wait to try out this recipe as soon as I do!

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Andrea P December 6, 2011

I love biscotti! Will have to try this recipe :)

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Anastasia December 6, 2011

I’ve finally allowed my self to break into my “sugar plum” tea I bought at the end of season last year. A piece of eggnog biscotti would be the perfect accompaniment!

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Jennifer December 6, 2011

Looks delish! I’ve never had a vegan eggnog dessert

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