Get ready for the intoxicating smell of cinnamon cookies baking. Not just any cinnamon cookie, but a Cinnamon Chip Biscotti cookie crunchy enough for dunking, yet just as enticing to nibble on its own. In very little time you can bake a bunch of these glittering, white chocolate dipped treats for gift bags, care packages, and the plate next to your mug of cocoa, or coffee, or tea. With this time saving recipe, you can be nibbling on biscotti an hour from now!
The Monday Box is presenting a week of time saver recipes! Deliciously crunchy Cinnamon Chip Biscotti are Time Saver Recipe #2.
Like all of the recipes in this series, these baked treats are made with a “secret time saver ingredient” in order to make the ingredient list short and the preparation quick and easy. This time of year, quick and easy are essential!
The biscotti start with a box of yellow (vanilla) cake mix and are packed with cinnamon flavor inside and out. Ground cinnamon and cinnamon chips spice up the dough, cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top adds a bit of sparkle, and a creamy cinnamon, white chocolate coating on the bottom is the finishing touch!
Every time I publish a biscotti recipe, I mention that they are probably the ultimate care package cookie.
Care package cookies have to travel well and stay fresh for the length of their journey. Cinnamon Chip Biscotti are sturdy cookies that stay fresh for at least 3 weeks!
HOMEMADE CINNAMON CHIPS
In some areas, cinnamon chips aren’t available or are only sold seasonally. I solved that problem with a quick homemade version of cinnamon chips.
My chips are really chunks. Taking the time to pipe out gazillion little chip shapes (been there, done that) isn’t necessary. I melted white chocolate and mixed in some cinnamon. The amount of cinnamon is “to taste”, but there is so much other cinnamon in these cookies, that I made the chips mild.
The white chocolate-cinnamon mixture is spread out on a wax paper lined baking sheet, chilled until set, then chopped into baking bits. The chips take less than 15 minutes to make.
I can think of so many reasons to bake a batch of these delicious cookies immediately. College students are preparing for exams and writing absurdly long papers this time of year. A crunchy treat with their 2 a.m. coffee might be inspirational.
Our military can always use some sweetness from home. Biscotti are perfect for travel to deployment locations.
I will even bet there are people on your list who would love a sweet gift bag. You can easily spread a lot of smiles with this time saver recipe!
- 1 box vanilla yellow cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup cinnamon chips** See note below for homemade chips
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
- 2 tablespoons large crystal decorating sugar
- White chocolate- cinnamon coating:
- 2 cups white chocolate melting discs
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon divided
- **For home-made cinnamon chips: Melt 1 cup of white chocolate. Stir in ¼- ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Spread thinly onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Chill to firm. Chop into chip-sized bits.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, flour, cinnamon, melted butter, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until combined.
- Fold in cinnamon chips.
- Divide dough in half and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Form the dough into 14” logs, then flatten each slightly to make two 14” x 3” loaves, ¾” thick.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm to the touch.
- Remove the loaves from the oven, but leave the oven on. Allow the loaves to cool on the baking pan for about 10 minutes.
- Use a sharp knife to cut both loaves into ¾’ slices. Leave the biscotti slices standing on the baking sheet slightly separated from one another.
- Return the biscotti to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the biscotti in the oven for an additional 20-30 minutes to crisp.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
- For white chocolate-cinnamon coating: To maintain a dipping consistency, prepare half of the coating at a time. At 50% power, carefully melt 1 cup white chocolate discs in a shallow bowl for 1 minute. Stir. If not completely melted, return to the microwave and continue melting at 50% power for 20 second intervals. When melted and smooth, stir in ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Dip the bottoms of the biscotti into the melted white chocolate, then place on wax paper until the white chocolate is set (about 15 minutes). Repeat with the remaining white chocolate, cinnamon, and biscotti.
- Store the biscotti in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.