Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cinnamon Mocha Biscotti and Two Weeks Off the Grid

Cinnamon Mocha Biscotti
I have been away for two weeks! Although I had a great time, its' good to be back home again. My husband had a golf outing in SC so, I decided to have him drop me off at my sister-in-law's house in NC.  We were planning a girl bonding week. Shopping, lunches and a lot of chatting! When my husband came back to pick me up…we headed to my son's house in Atlanta. I have two wonderful grandsons that happened to be born in May.  It was birthday celebration time! Nothing beats spending time with my wonderful grandchildren! Before I left for NC I baked some Cinnamon Mocha Biscotti to bring to my brother-in-law! He is a huge fan of biscotti! I have been making this recipe for a very long time…It was passed to me from a friend. Hope you enjoy!

Cinnamon Mocha Biscotti

1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 to 1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°
Combine butter, sugars and espresso powder in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. In another bowl mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine. Add to wet ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough out onto paper and shape into a long rectangle with rounded ends, 3/4 inch thick. Bake 30-35 minutes or until firm and golden. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Use serrated knife to cut the dough into 1/2 inch diagonal slices. Place each piece on a parchment lined baking sheet on its' side and return to the oven for 8 minutes. Turn over and bake 8 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks before storing in an airtight container.

I added this picture to show how to shape these…this is a different recipe

Freshly baked and ready to eat

While in NC my sister-in-law and I did some exploring. We spent one day in her very lovely town of Apex. Cute little shops line the main street, filled with the usual and unusual things you find in most tourist towns.  To my surprise they had a sweet little tea shop that happened to be having a closing sale. I  would have enjoyed having tea there, when they were still serving, but finding a closing sale is the next best thing! I found some really cute little sugar and creamers. It took me a long time to decide which set would be making the trip home with me! I also bought some very interesting loose tea and, some loose tea measuring spoons! Cool! My sister-in-law found some very beautiful brass candle stick holders! So, after some browsing…my sister-in-law mentioned to one of the women working there that I was looking for props for my blog photos!  One of the owners said, "Oh, I have a blog, too."  With that, we started a discussion about our blogging and to our great surprise she was also a Dorista! What fun to meet one of the people who cook along with Dorie! We exchanged information and chatted for a while! Her name is Kendra and her blog is Haden News! She said she is looking forward to spending more time on her blog!  Her business has kept her quite busy and she hasn't been able to post as much as she would like. I so enjoyed meeting her in her very cute little shop and I look forward to following her on her blog! It was so nice to meet you, Kendra! What a small world!!

Downtown Apex

The Majestic Cafe where we had lunch…they had the best freshly made potato chips with sauce

The Pineapple Tea Room….Where I met a fellow Dorista!

Some of the lovely tea I bought from the Tea Room

The creamer and sugar bowl that came home with me

My Tea spoons….They are so cute!


  1. Hi, Kathy! Welcome back! I love your creamer & sugar set.

  2. Welcome back Kathy! Missed you! Sounds like you had a great trip. Like Susan, I also love your new creamer set. It's very art deco. You missed some good recipes, so you might want to try them when you have time.

  3. Welcome back! Your biscotti looks delicious. I'm going to have to bookmark your post because I'm helping my sister move into her new apartment in the RTP area and those places look great!

  4. Great pictures as always, and the biscotti were delicious.

  5. Oh, I am bookmarking the biscotti. I need lots of baked goodies to take with us to to the cabin in Missouri in July. These would be great to make beforehand!

  6. Kathy-So nice to have you back. I'm so happy for you that you had a wonderful stay in NC and also in Atlanta to see your son and you beautiful grandchildren. Family is so important, and it's always nice to visit with them...especially when they're far away.
    Your mocha biscotti with cinnamon is one biscotti that I've never made...bookmarking it to make, for sure. Looks, and sounds amazingly delicious, and crunchy:DDD
    Also thank you for your good wishes, and kind words regarding my blog anniversary!

  7. Welcome back, Kathy! What yummy looking biscotti..what a nice treat for your BIL. And how fun that you met a fellow Dorista? Talk about a small world :)

  8. Sounds like you had a great vacation! I love your little creamer and sugar bowl.

  9. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and great time with your family!! The biscotti looks amazing and so perfect for a hostess gift!

  10. Your biscotti looks wonderful! How fun that you got to spend time with your grandchildren for two weeks. That Tea Room looks like a place I could spend a lot of time in. I am so happy for you that you got to meet a fellow Dorista - and by accident, yet! It really is a small world!