Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 8: Cheating Lemon Biscotti

You may be aware that I have an ongoing love affair with three things in life — OK, five if you count peanut butter and Snyder’s of Hanover Sourdough Hard Pretzels. The other three things you already know: Dr Shrinkee, coffee, and cookies. But I have a confession to make. cofpourI cheat. I cheat SO HARD. Yes, Kids, it’s true. I write romance fiction and I am a CHEATER.

You could be too. Or maybe you already are. Maybe you want to be and just don’t know it yet. Maybe THIS recipe will help you decide if you want to cheat. I mean, come ON it’s the holiday season and things can get a little harried. We could all use a little…help. Plus, these are really quite tasty! And you make them with CAKE MIX!

camixLemon Pecan Biscotti (only I use almonds) p. 352 The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn (1999).

Oven 350F/180C

  • 1 package plain lemon cake mix (18.25 oz)   8 TBSP Butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs                                1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or almonds)

Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside

Place cake mix, melted butter, eggs, flour and nuts into a large mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Stop mixer and scrap down sides. The dough should come together in a ball.

Transfer ball the prepared baking sheet.

With floured hands, shape ball into a rectangle 14 inches long by 4 inches wide by 1/2 inch thick. Mound the dough so it is slightly higher in the centre (or center if you prefer). Place in oven.

Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until it feels firm when lightly pressed with your finger and an toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.

Remove from baking sheet and cool 10 minutes. Leave the oven on.

After 10 minutes, use a serrated edge bread knife to slice the rectangle on the diagonal into 1 inch thick slices. You should get about 14 slices.

Carefully lay the slices on their sides on the baking sheet and return sheet to oven.

Bake another 10 minutes. TURN OVEN OFF and let the slices remain in oven until crisp –30 to 40 minutes more. Remove baking sheet, transfer biscotti to rack and all them to cook completely.

Store at room temperature.

You too can cheat. You can do this with ANY CAKE MIX you like. You can make chocolate biscotti if you use a chocolate cake mix!  You cheat and everybody wins!

You can serve these with any roast of coffee, from espresso to a blonde roast. They are a dunker’s cookie dream.

Come on and cheat. I dare you.

Nominomness: Coffee cup&mug clipart

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