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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coconut Biscotti

Here is something different than my usual fare. I don't make Biscotti often, but I should. They are NOT hard to make and the rewards are great. It's so nice to have them on hand to dip in your mid-morning cup of coffee.

Once again, this recipe is from a magazine clipping in my binder, but I have no idea which magazine.  It is very simple and can be altered a number of ways to suit your taste. You must include the coconut to get the desired consistency, but you can substitute part of that for finely chopped nuts, or you could add 1/4 cup more of coarser chopped nuts. You could add some cranberries or chocolate chips. You could dip them or drizzle them with chocolate.

My rule of thumb when trying a new recipe is to always follow the original recipe the first time.  Then, if you decide you'd like to make changes, make them again.  This way you have the original to compare yours to.

These Biscotti are delicious plain or fancied up with chocolate. Dipped in white chocolate and rolled in extra coconut would be divine! ( I didn't have extra coconut.)

Coconut Biscotti
Yield 16-18 Biscotti

1-1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 300-F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and nutmeg. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs and vanilla with a beater for 2 minutes, until thick. Stir in the flour and coconut. Dough will be very sticky.

Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface and knead lightly about 10 times. Shape dough into a 15x3" roll. Place roll on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape so the height is about 1 inch.

Bake for 40 minutes or until roll is golden brown. It will look pretty flat but that is ok. Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.

Cut roll diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Put slices back on cookie sheet (no parchment), bottom side down.  Bake 20 minutes. Centers might still be a little soft but they will harden in the cooling process. Remove from baking sheet to cool on wire rack. Dip or drizzle with chocolate if desired.

Happy Baking!


  1. You just made my heart go pitter-pat....I love dipping these in coffee. And the ones dipped in chocolate are the best. I am definitely going to try these.

  2. I first made biscotti to impress an Italian boyfriend. Not only was he impressed, I was also, and make then once in a while. They are wonderful for dunking! I have made several different kinds, but not coconut, so will try these. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Great way to impress and Italian! :-) And yourself! That made me laugh :-)

  3. --The coconut biscotti looks like my kind of sweet.

    especially w/ the chocolate <3 WOWwwwww. xxx

  4. I love biscotti...and coconut! I can't wait to try this recipe, Michael Ann. Thanks!

  5. I've never made bicotti. This looks terrific. OMG, I want one. Coconut and chocolate, great combination!

  6. You are a star......I have never made biscotti. Someday I will try. Like the sound of your recipe with the coconut...Nice post andi

  7. AAAHHH - you make them look so purty too. YUM!

    1. Thank you! I finally got my drizzling technique down ;-)

  8. I love biscotti! Especially dipped in chocolate. ;-) It's a perfect Christmas gift!

  9. I love all things coconut! Looks so yummy!

  10. I have never made biscotti without butter. I am going to have to try this because we love coconut!

  11. irresistable n so tempting..very well done
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    awesome space you have
    happy following you.:)
    do stop by mine sometime
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  12. These look so good! I like your blog and am now following.

  13. the chocolate makes this perfect!

  14. These are awesome! I dont like rock hard biscotti so at the end I only put them in for 15 minutes & they turned out just how I like them! Not chewy, but not super hard. I also added 2 tsp of dark molasses to give it a warmer colour. They go awesome with almond tea!! Thanks for this!:)


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