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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Amber December 6, 2011

These sound so good. Dipped in hot coffee in the morning would be amazing.

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Stephanie December 6, 2011

Wow, I can’t wait to try this!!

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Kayla December 6, 2011

OMG these are going on my cookie plates this year. I just bought egg nog, so this is perfect!

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Kate December 6, 2011

I’ve always thought this was so difficult to make! My boss makes it every year and I’m always sooo impressed. Can’t wait to try it out for myself!

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Katie December 6, 2011

Now I know what I’m making for my mom’s stocking! Thanks for another great recipe!

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Marie December 6, 2011

Yummy!

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radioactivegan December 6, 2011

Woah! I love biscotti, and that tin is adorable :)

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Laura December 6, 2011

They are for sharing!
I would share with mom, they are perfect coffee dunking cookies!
:)

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Stacie December 6, 2011

Looks yummy!…that comes as no surprise from you :) Hope It to enjoy your hard work!

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Jen Merschel December 6, 2011

I agree – biscotti are one of the easier (and more forgiving) things to bake. This eggnog version looks awesome!

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Anna December 6, 2011

Would loooooove to win a tin of this goodness! I’ve never had biscotti since going vegan and I think it would make my week.

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Leigh-Anne December 6, 2011

Looks yummy and festive!

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Ashley December 6, 2011

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful recipes! I have been working 60-72 hours every week and baking has been keeping me sane when I do have time off. Your recipes are more often than not on our dinner table and at family events. I would love to try your biscotti!

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lisa r. December 6, 2011

a tasty holiday treat…yum!

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Tamicka December 6, 2011

Now that’s sOme good looking biscotti. I can’t wait to try it. Thnx Angela!

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alain December 6, 2011

thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I’m totally one of those people who always thought biscotti is really difficult to make. your recipe might just change my mind otherwise!

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Summer December 6, 2011

That biscotti looks so delicious and easy to make! I think it will be my next favorite thing to bake!

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Tirzah December 6, 2011

Yum!! I would love to have that arrive in the mail!

-Tirzah

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Chris December 6, 2011

These look so good! I’ve never tried to make biscotti but I might have to now.

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Debbie December 6, 2011

Looks absolutely delicious! I love your recipes!!

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Sara December 6, 2011

Oh how lovely! I must make these, I’d love to have something to dip in my coffee!

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Ben December 6, 2011

Those look so good…if I don’t win them I will make them eventually!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 6, 2011

Biscotti fo yo BELLAY.

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amy marantino December 6, 2011

nice job. these look good

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Diana December 6, 2011

Yum! Those look delicious! I love anything eggnog!

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Fiona December 7, 2011

This looks so delicious ANgela, it seems like you were inspired by all the Christmas spirit in New York!

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Lacey December 7, 2011

I have been on the lookout for Holly Nog in my local stores, but have not been able to find it yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Shari December 7, 2011

I don’t think I’ve ever had biscotti before so now I am going to HAVE to try this recipe and since everything I make from you tastes delicious, I have no doubt this will as well. Thanks Angela

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Roseanna Schiralli December 7, 2011

Biscotti is a favourite in our Italian household, we make them for almost every occassion and they always get eaten up so quickly! I love your recipe, it sounds delicious, I think I will have to introduce them at this years Christmas dinner!

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Brandy December 7, 2011

Those biscotti would be great with coffee or afternoon tea!

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Lexi December 7, 2011

these look good!!! bubbe’s gluten free biscotti are delicious, in my opinion!!! not sure if they are vegan though… but yummy nonetheless!

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Nadine December 7, 2011

I am so doing this for Christmas presents! Thanks Angela!

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Diana December 7, 2011

looks yummy!

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Carol Johnson December 7, 2011

yummo! can’t wait to try. Thanks!

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Caroline December 7, 2011

that looks so delicious!! I hope you send some my way ;)

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Lorin December 7, 2011

I love biscotti! It’s best dipped in coffee for sure.

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Shannon December 7, 2011

I’ve never tried making biscotti but I have an Italian grandmother that would surely enjoy some homemade biscotti so I’ll have to get to that. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Monica December 7, 2011

Yum!! :) I want this in my tummy

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Raji December 7, 2011

I have always been wanting to make vegan biscottis and your recipe is a keeper.

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Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com December 7, 2011

What a gorgeous treat! I would love to receive a box of these- such a great gift!

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