~ Apple Butterscotch Cookies ~
My favorite kinds of baked goods are the ones I can dip in a cup of tea. This is why I am huge fan of biscotti. I usually buy the chocolate-covered, almond-flavored ones in coffee shops.
Biscotti are hard Italian cookies that are meant to be dipped in a drink like coffee or tea, or more traditionally, Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine. The origin of the word “biscotti” means “twice baked” which is true to the method used to prepare it. Nowadays, in Italy, the word “biscotti” refers to any kind of cookie (akin to the word “biscuit” in the UK) and actual biscotti is known instead as “cantuccini.”
This week I finally decided that I should try to bake my own biscotti from scratch with the help of a friend. They were very quick and easy to make and tasted ten times better than the store-bought ones. I don’t think we’ll go back to buying them after this. And what’s great about anything homemade, you can customize it using your favorite flavors. My friend and I chose to make Orange and Pistachio Biscotti!
For the past two weeks, my schedule has been subjected to unpredictable changes of plans due to snowstorms followed by cancelled classes/activities. I don’t think I’ve ever modified and re-modified my calendar this often before!
In spite of a few inconveniences, I really enjoyed getting 2 days off and numerous delays. I also loved how beautiful the college campus looked under the white blanket of snow. I was completely spellbound one night as I was walking around while it was snowing and even forgot how cold I was!
This is the College of William and Mary covered in snow! ❤
One of the clubs I recently joined this year called UAID (United Against Inequities in Disease) was organizing a Valentine’s Benefit Concert the week after Valentine’s Day featuring lots of performances by talented students and lots of Valentine’s Day themed desserts. The goal of the event was to raise money to donate to Fan Free Clinic. However, because of the snow storm and the 7 inches of snow that accumulated on the day of the concert, we had to postpone it to later in the semester. Prior to its cancellation, I made two types of desserts in order to help out with the preparations. I chose chocolate desserts in honor of the Valentine’s Day theme and tried to highlight flavors that were most likely going to be crowd-pleasers. (such as cream cheese and Oreo cookies). Continue reading
After a couple of days of adjusting to my new classes and schedule, I decided to spend an afternoon baking cookies with friends during my first weekend back in college.
I made sure to pack a lot of my baking supplies and ingredients with me before leaving home because I definitely want to make time to bake and keep up with my blog during the spring semester even if I cannot post every single week. It’s going to be a busy semester for me so I plan to create easier and quicker dessert recipes while I’m on campus but they’re still going to be very creative and delicious!!
I really wanted to make chocolate chip cookies since it had been a while since I last baked them from scratch but I also wanted to create a spin on the traditional recipe. When I looked at all the ingredients I brought with me, I noticed that I still had a lot of spices left, especially ground cinnamon. Snickerdoodles were the first thing that came to mind! (They are similar to sugar cookies except they are rolled in cinnamon-sugar). So I thought…why not combine chocolate chip and snickerdoodle flavors into a single cookie recipe? I know from previous successful dessert recipes that cinnamon and chocolate taste amazing together so I was really excited to try this idea!