Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti



Sorry, I’ll calm down. But seriously, it’s December, there is snow on the ground, there are twinkling lights everywhere and it is socially acceptable to wear plaid every darn day. Plus, my dog leaves cute puppy footprints outside in the snow. Could life be any better? Wait, it could. I could have these Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti every day of December. Wouldn’t that be nice?

I mean, these twice baked cookies are so simple yet perfectly ‘Christmas-y’. They are a basic chocolate biscotti cookie with candy cane pieces throughout. They are so yummy they basically turn any regular milky cup of joe into a magnificent peppermint mocha. Take that, Starbucks!


Right about now I am in the midst of Christmas shopping. I like to give thoughtful gifts for the Holiday season. I do not like picking an item off of someone’s Amazon wish lit and calling it a day. I also refuse to show-up to a party empty handed, and recognize the fact that the hosts don’t always want a bottle of wine. I keep reminding myself that people really, really like homemade gifts. And honestly, what’s a better homemade gift than a tin full of cookies?

As part of a group called Canadian Food Creative, we each created a holiday themed cookie that would be a perfect addition to a homemade, heartfelt gift this holiday season. So, if you are on my list this season, there is a pretty good chance you will be receiving theses, along with a few of my blogger friend’s holiday cookie creations! Check-out the list at the end of this blog post to get links to all of CFC’s creations!



Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (one egg separated)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 candy canes, finely crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and sugar.
  3. Beat one entire egg and one egg yolk.
  4. Add egg and oil to flour mixture. Mix well. Fold in finely crushed candy canes until evenly distributed.
  5. Using well floured hands, shape dough into a log shape. Transfer to cookie dish and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove biscotti log from oven and let cool completely (half hour).
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 325.
  8. Transfer cooled biscotti log to cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut into equal sized pieces.
  9. Transfer biscotti cookies to an oven proof wire rack placed on a cookie sheet. Return to oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  10. Cool complete prior to serving. Serve with coffee or strong English breakfast tea.

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  2. Yum! Definitely want to add these to my holiday cookie exchange.

    • PeppersPennies

      Ahh thanks for coming-by, Lauren! I like to think they would go over very well in the office! Just a thought 😉

  3. These look so good! They would be perfect for dipping in a chocolate mocha!

  4. Can’t wait to make these! Perfect for visiting with company over the holidays!

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  6. I bet those crunchy candy cane candies are great in this chocolate biscotti. Love the idea. Nice post!

  7. Ooooo, I love biscotti, and I love chocolate, these are definitely MINE !! Great festive twist with the candy cane. Love your pictures too ! Thanks for sharing !

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  11. Ooh I love chocolate mint together, and these biscotti fit the bill perfectly! I love your photos too 🙂

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  13. I totally agree with you Amanda …these biscotti would make perfect hostess gifts. Love the combination of chocolate and mint. Thanks for sharing ♥

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  16. No snow for us!! But I guess many would think that is a good thing, haha. What a fun holiday cookie (I have never made biscotti cookies before but you sure have me tempted right now!)

  17. Chocolate and candy cane! How can these biscotti be any more festive. Love how we see bits of candy canes in. Wow you are way more ahead than I in prep lol.

  18. It’s crazy to admit but… I have NEVER had a biscotti before in my life!

    • PeppersPennies

      Never? Wow! You are in for a treat! Make sure you have a hot beverage for dipping so that the cookie isn’t *too* hard ?

  19. Biscotti is SO EASY. Perhaps I should jump on this train for my next holiday potluck. I mean just because I don’t love peppermint doesn’t mean others don’t 😉

  20. Amanda, these look insane!!! Gimme candy cane anything this time of year and I’m one happy girl! And I totally agree, this is one of my favourite times of year…except I’ve been wearing all things plaid for like 2 months already hahah. You and I sound very much alike in giving people homemade gifts. It started for me when I was in undergrad and couldn’t afford to give anyone anything. But when you get older and can afford things, I think it’s then that you realize that other people who are in the same boat as you can afford to buy themselves anything they want. It’s not the price tag that matters, but more the thoughtfulness and pleasant surprise of something homemade, something that money can’t buy! <3

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks Taylor – what a beautiful sentiment and comment! It’s true that these days it’s hard to find a gift with actual meaning unless it’s made in the kitchen! Here’s to giving thoughtfully this year!

  21. I think it’s obvious I already love these without even trying them yet! lol. I couldn’t wait for this recipe when you first posted that it was coming 🙂 I’ve added it to my list of cookies to bake in time for Christmas and I seriously can not wait to indulge in them! With tea, of course 🙂

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  23. I totally agree, people love homemade gifts. Especially if it’s baking!
    I’m loving the combination of chocolate and candy cane (obviously 😉 and can’t wait to give these a try!!
    Fab photos too. So pretty.

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  27. How many does this recipe yield?

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Jenn,

      This should give you 10-12 biscotti, based on if you want to use the smaller end pieces or not. If you want event smaller, half sized biscotti, I would reduce the final cooking time by 5-8 minutes and simply monitor how they are cooking on the rack.

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