Today I have gathered some of my favorite bloggers to help me celebrate a very special friend of mine. Tara! Tara is the host of Tara’s Multicultural Table.
When Tara was pregnant with her son Evan I threw her a surprise baby shower. So keeping with tradition I thought it’d be fun to throw her another surprise shower. Now that we live in separate states this shower would be virtual. If I thought keeping a secret the first go around was difficult it was nothing compared to this time! Both being food bloggers we’re constantly in communication about what we’re cooking up in the kitchen.
I wanted to have a theme for this online party. I thought about tapas – tying in to Tara’s blog’s theme. But then into my email should come another biscotti recipe from Tara. Tara loves baking – cookies, scones, breads. While I’d never made biscotti before I thought it’d be a perfect theme! Because biscotti are twice baked cookies and this is Tara’s second baby!
I baked two different recipes for this event. I really wanted to make Tiramisu Biscotti.
The first time Tara and I ever worked together in the kitchen, before we had blogs, we tried our hands at a tiramisu cheesecake. Tara wanted to do everything from scratch – including the lady fingers. Well, we pretty much failed at that endeavour. The lady fingers simply didn’t have the texture required for breaking down into cookie crumbs to form the crust. But we powered through. The cheesecake filling part was quite delicious.
Much like our first tiramisu adventure, mine too wasn’t a complete success. The biscotti, while perfeclty delicious were burnt along the edges and simply didn’t provide very appetizing photographs – and I took 31 photos! The white chocolate chips in the cookie turned a little yellow too and didn’t give quite the effect I was thinking they would. I would have loved to simply remake them and pull them out of the oven sooner – but I didn’t have the ingredients on hand and guess, what, it was snowing. I will remake these some day and they’ll be honored with their own blog post – and better photos. We really did enjoy these biscotti!
It was back to the drawing board and now with a slightly limited baking pantry. And then I found gold. Cinnamon biscotti. I have a very large obsession with cinnamon and could not pass this recipe up! These cookies didn’t turn out perfectly either – we cut them a little too thick and baked them a little too long. (I should have just followed the instructions – these cookies continue to harden once they’re out of the oven.) I know biscotti are supposed to be a hard cookie – perfect for dunking in coffee or tea – but these were too hard. They could not be enjoyed solo. As I don’t drink coffee, I ate mine with a cup a milk. And when the cookie was gone I was left with cinnamon milk to drink!
I would like to give a big congratulations to Tara. If you don’t follow her on Instagram you really should! (@taramctable) Her account is full of beautiful food photography and the occasional photograph of her adorable children and puppies. If you do follow Tara, you’ll have noticed that her precious child entered this world early a week and a half ago. (which means that I am now behind on her baby quilt! And I thought I was doing so well. The fabric is all cut and the sewing is underway)
So today’s suprise baby shower is more of a welcome baby party!
I would also like to thank my food friends in helping to celebrate Tara today! Please check out the beautiful cookie spread we have assembled for this event. You’ll find the list after my recipe.
- 6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 C sugar, divided use
- 2 eggs, divided use
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 C flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tsp cinnamon, divided use
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together butter with 1 C sugar until fluffy. Add 1 egg and the egg yolk, mix until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 tsp cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer in 3 batches, mixing until combined before incorporating more.
- Shape the dough into a log about 10 inches long and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Beat the last egg and brush the cookie dough.
- Make cinnamon sugar: wisk together the remaining 1/4 C sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle some of the sugar over the cookie dough, reserve the rest.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Slice dough into 3/4″ slices on the diagonal. Place cookies cut side down onto the baking sheet. Top with the reserved cinnamon sugar. Bake 15 minutes more. Allow to cool.
- Enjoy with coffee, tea, or milk.
*This recipe is adapted from Joan at http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2012/12/cinnamon-sugar-biscotti/*
And don’t forget to take a peek at what my other guests have baked up:
Biscotti Bites from Nicole at I am a Honey Bee
Blueberry Pecan Biscotti from Renee at Magnolia Days
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti from Stacy at Food Lust People Love
Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti from Amy at Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Green Tea Biscotti Cookies from Rebekah at Making Miracles
Jam-Filled Mandelbrot from Kelly at Passion Kneaded
Maple Walnut Biscotti from Sally at Bewitching Kitchen
Nut-Free Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips from Susan at The Wimpy Vegetarian
Orange and Dark Chocolate Biscotti from Lynsey at Lynsey Lou’s
Parmesan-Peppercorn Biscotti from Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Tangelo, Date, and Almond Biscotti from Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Spa Water from of Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
27 thoughts on “Cinnamon Biscotti & A Baby Shower”
I am loving this! I have a weakness for cinnamon sugar. Thanks for inviting me to the baby shower!
How can you not love cinnamon sugar!? It’s the best!
I’m so glad you could join me for the party. 🙂
This is so awesome! Thank you all so much!
Thank you so much for organizing this!! Such a fun event – and loved having the chance to say “welcome” to Tara’s new sweet girl!!
Cinnamon is so perfect for biscotti to go with coffee or tea and it is a favorite spice of mine too. Thank you so much for throwing this shower and inviting me to participate.
Thanks so much for organizing this virtual party!
I was very worried about baking my biscotti too long, it is quite tricky, isn’t it?
They say practice makes perfect. Now I have lots of recipes to try!
What a great recipe…and a great event. Thank you for hosting.
I’m glad you could join us!
Thank you, dear Lauren, for planning and executing this shower for Tara! You’re a good friend. Wonderful to be at the “party” with you!
I’m allergic to nuts and am always on the lookout for biscotti recipes without nuts. These look perfect!!! I love cinnamon too – and I really love the idea of tiramisu biscotti. Thanks so much for planning this shower, Lauren. It’s a wonderful idea and so fun to be part of 🙂
It’s hard to find a nut free biscotti! I’m avoiding nuts while breast feeding because there’s a nut allergy in my family. It’s hard!
I am immediately enamored of cinnamon biscotti! These guys are beautiful! Thank you so much for organizing this fun event! I am hoping that Tara is getting some rest and will bake in the future! Precious little girl!
And they taste better than they look! But I’m partial to cinnamon goodness. 🙂 thank you for baking with me!
I hate your tiramisu biscotti didn’t turn out, I love tiramisu and it sounds amazing! Your cinnamon biscotti sounds equally delish and so glad it turned out.
They will be made again, I promise you that!
Cinnamon Biscotti sounds amazing!! So does Tiramisu for that matter! Thanks for hosting!
Both will be made again! And now I have a lot of variations to try next! 🙂
Thank you so much for putting this together. I know this was a lot of work. Your biscotti is gorgeous too! =)
Oh my goodness these look so good. They would be so good with tea.
Like a chai!!