Friday, December 16, 2016

Biscotti for Christmas and Gift Tags

Like the rest of you I am sure, my days have been pretty hectic the past weeks and as soon as I'm up I hit the ground running trying to shop, decorate, make it to a few seasonal gatherings and all the little things that make up this crazy month!

Despite how busy the season gets some people always seem to find time to make a particular treat that they share. My neighbors make cranberry Christmas bread.  My dad and his mom always make something called yummy nuts which are amazing (some sort of holiday crack) and my aunt makes fudge. Biscotti has become a tradition in our house along with sugar cookies, meringues and cornflake wreaths. I like the biscotti for gifting as it lasts a long time and looks pretty packaged too.

The biscotti recipe from the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook has been my go to and everyone seems to love the traditional anise/almond version.  This baking book is the holy grail and has everything in it, including chocolate versions and great baking tips. Might be a good gift for someone who likes to bake.

Biscotti isn't hard at all, you just need to have time to bake them twice. Once you give it a go, you can throw a batch together in a jiffy and they make a terrific holiday gift. Recipe can be found online here.

One of my favorite parts is the wrapping, and tag making. This year we are having fun making our own tags from pretty cards and calendars we collected all year tied up with vintage bric a brac ribbon that my grandma had. Love recycling and also using something vintage.

Do you have a favorite holiday treat that is a tradition? Love to hear about everyone's specialties or someone else's that you look forward to each year.

Happy Holidays!



  1. Hi Kim, I like to make Spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies. While baking, the whole house smells like Christmas! I gave this recipe to a friend who did a cookie exchange last week and out of twelve people, hers were voted best cookie! Yay! Your biscotti look delicious. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday! We WILL get together sometime after the new year. Kel

  2. Kim I love these! I am tempted to bake. I LOVE to cook but hate to bake! Love the wrapping!

    I just saw the CORN FLAKE wreaths on FB for the first time.......HOW CUTE ARE THOSES!?
    Send me a photo from one of YOURS!
    Off to frost a cake..........A FEAST TONIGHT!

  4. Your Biscotti looks fabulous! I've all but stopped baking but used to make Shortbread every year. Maybe I'll try again this year.

  5. Kim, I love your biscotti and the neat package that they present...I am trying to get my gifts wrapped earlier than Christmas
    Thank you for a lovely mystical blog presenting unusual and fun places and things...What fun!
    If you haven't seem Idiocracy, give it a try...You can find it on You Tube...used to be on Netflix and they will have it in selected theaters...Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks for the reminders that the best gifts really are those that are handmade. No time this year but definitely going to resurrect some favorites for next year.