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Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

Peppermint Biscotti Recipe

Dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candy, this flavorful biscotti is a favorite. It's one of the many sweets I make for Christmas. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:42 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir in peppermint candy. Gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until blended (dough will be stiff).
  • 2. Divide dough in half. On an ungreased baking sheet, shape each portion into a 12x2-1/2-in. rectangle. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a sharp knife into 1/2-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each biscotti into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off; sprinkle with candy. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 121 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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TheDix User ID: 607421 239631
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"The taste of these was terrific! As with other biscotti recipes, I seem to have difficulty getting the dough to hang together. Overall, delicious."

Twodisneyfans User ID: 5579393 214109
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"This is a delicious biscotti - great dunked in hot chocolate! Now that I found crushed peppermint at the store (my local Fleet Farm), I love them even more. (I always found it hard to get the peppermints crushed evenly - used food processor, hammer, etc - through the years and never had great luck.) It's a tradition in our house - just perfect!"

KristiBenshoof User ID: 4930503 147917
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"We love this biscotti."

Vicks6 User ID: 5093215 60083
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I love this recipe!! So does everyone else that tried it. I like this recipe so much compared to other biscotti recipes that I have found and tried that I have experimented and made many different flavors. I added orange extract, orange zest, and cranberries instead of the peppermint, it's been a big hit also! I added orange extract, orange zest, chocolate chips, yummo! I added the peppermint extract, and MINT chocolate chips. I tried white chocolate chips & cranberries. I used vanilla extract, some cinnamon, and CARAMEL bits (Kraft). I used vanilla extract, lots of cinnamon & drizzed the biscotti with Wilton EGGNOG. I am using this recipe and the variations I am trying to make lots of biscotti for Christmas gifts right now. THANK you so much for this fantastic recipe."

tonibaker User ID: 5944157 69063
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"This is such a perfect, easy recipe!"

tonibaker User ID: 5944157 65849
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"For all recipes calling for crushed peppermint. I found a 10 oz. package of crushed peppermint candy. It's all so nicely sized, perfect for what they call for in this recipe. The label on the back, says....Atkinson Candy Company, Lufkin, TX 75915-0220. And to top it al off MADE IN AMERICA""

krzcoupon User ID: 6236958 69005
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

""Christmas will never be the same" that is what my sister said after she had some of this biscotti. I made this last year for the first time and I made it again this year (this year I had to make a double batch and next year I will probably make more than that). This biscotti is so amazing I just can't put it into words! Now.... it does take a while to make that is the only downside but it is well worth it. Also, I can't find any crushed peppermint candies so some of my time is dedicated to crushing candy canes and that takes a good chunk of time. Make this recipe if you love biscotti, it is one of, if not THE best!"

lizarmstrong2 User ID: 3867521 101702
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I made these for the first time last Christmas, and they were a huge hit. Everyone has been asking for them again this year. I have a double batch in the oven right now...they smell heavenly! I drizzle mine with white chocolate and then sprinkle with the crushed peppermint. Delish!"

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 63798
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"These are soooo good. They have a great peppermint taste, but not overpowering as some others have also said. I was a bit skeptical of this due to all the crushed peppermint and peppermint extract, but when I took a taste - it was SO GOOD! Great with peppermint mocha coffee. Very pretty for gifts too."

blondie478 User ID: 1409591 207262
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"I made these two years ago for the first time for teacher gifts for my oldest son's teachers. I made them again last year for teacher gifts for both of my older boys. Two repeat teachers have asked for these again. They are easy to make and taste heavenly."

kathy_shea User ID: 5879520 69000
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"a comment left by Stacey: she mentioned she used white chocolate and mints - I really appreciate this tip as I'll add it to the recipe and try both versions this month"

seekye1st User ID: 5237806 63765
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"We made this recipe several times last year. It's on the top of our list to repeat this year."

Stacey3978 User ID: 3389886 149665
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Instead of the semi-sweet chocolate, I used a combination of melted white chocolate chips and melted Andes Peppermints...delish!"

NotMyGuitar User ID: 4970600 65847
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Made these on a whim and for my first ever biscotti attempt. Everyone loved 'em and called them "heavenly". A definite must for peppermint lovers! Even with all of the peppermint involved (extract and crushed candy canes) the flavor wasn't overbearing."

belindajo User ID: 6233792 135645
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"These are wonderful. I have made them twice this week. The second time I didn't drizzle chocolate on them and my family liked them even better."

jclaudio User ID: 6415464 153749
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"delicious, easy to make and elegant. i made these for my coworkers and everyone was super impressed with them. i will definitely be making these again."

kristials User ID: 3583335 63764
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I love this recipe - it is a holiday staple in our family! Making a batch right now!"

duramaxscott User ID: 5852769 158724
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"It is great and our friends really enjoyed. When I made it using the GFS peppermint candies the dough turned red. That made for an interesting flare."

kristials User ID: 3583335 60071
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I made a few batches for Christmas this year and everyone absolutely loved this biscotti. One of my favorite biscotti recipes, for sure!"

TJTrails User ID: 1261407 101700
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"My whole family loved these. We drizzled them with melted peppermint kisses as well as chocolate drizzle & didnt add crushed candies to the outside. They disappeared so fast I only tasted one or two from each batch we've made. Definately a keeper & not just for the holidays."

Liz21078 User ID: 2596146 101699
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"WOW!!! These are FABULOUS! I just finished making them, I didnt put the chocolate drizzle on them yet, but I tasted one of the ends, and I almost fell over! They are excellent! Definately will be making all the time now! It was my first time making biscotti and it was very easy and they came out so great! Thanks Paula!"

ms.marcella User ID: 4099915 101697
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"this one did awesome, but found if I kept my hands dusted with flour when shapening that it was easier to work the dough"

erinkay80 User ID: 1292293 207261
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"A friend at church made these and they were so good that I asked for the recipe. I just made them last night and they turned out perfect on my first try! Can't wait to have them with my morning coffee."

jberven User ID: 1733303 147916
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract as my peppermint extract was dry. Added almonds instead of crushed peppermint candies to biscotti, but I did use peppermint candies on top. I still have half of the chocolate and I dipped the biscotti into it rather than drizzle it over. Enjoyed it very much"

julia pickenpaugh User ID: 1384257 65844
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times. I would bake them a bit longer the second time around after turning. The chocolate chips could be cut in half and I too had a lot left over. They are really good."

kyrajane User ID: 2637503 65840
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I loved this recipe. It was my first time making biscotti, and was relatively easy. I used one full box of candy canes, crushed to almost a powder with a few small pieces. I think it came to about 3/4 cup or so. I would not use more next time. I also didn't put any on the outside. Also to note, my experience didn't produce 42 servings, and the 2 cups of choc. chips was way way too much chocolate. Good thing I was able to use the left overs for my next recipe, otherwise would have been a huge waste. I would say maybe a fourth or less....."

BonnBonn User ID: 5669367 147914
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"I made these last night and brought some into work today and have gotten rave reviews! I've given out the recipe 5 times already.

A few tips: I baked the biscotti for 30 minutes the first time and 12 the second. They were crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside. Also, I used Hershey's chocolate Peppermint Candy Canes to accent the chocolate/peppermint theme of this delicious recipe."

Kelly Seidel User ID: 5573888 63761
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"This recipe turned out great! However, I resorted to using a carpenter's hammer to crush the peppermints. But they really were a hit and yes, lots of fun to make. Thanks for sharing!"

Lvnglyf73 User ID: 2458754 149664
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"These were really yummy; I would liked to taste a bit less peppermint so if I make these again, I would either decrease the peppermint extract in the cookie or use less crushed candy canes on top or maybe even make a more buttery biscotti and just use the peppermints on top."

Kerry Amundson User ID: 2054089 149658
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I have made this recipe a few times and everyone loves it. Just made it again for a Holiday Open House and folks wanted the recipe. I did not add the shortening to the choc. chips as the choc. hardens when cooled. I am making these again - soon- but this time I am going to put crushed red, white and green candy canes on top."

blgraziano User ID: 3159098 132757
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"So easy and LOVED it. Especially dipped in hot cocoa...Mmmmm..."

erinteele User ID: 4447337 154934
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This was my first time making biscotti.

We loved them! Nice peppermint taste and easier than I thought they would be!"

carolcookie User ID: 4560058 65839
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"These directions were clear and easy to follow, and to top that, the biscotti were WONDERFUL! The weren't as tough as some others, and they were so tasty! Not overly pepperminty, just perfect for my taste."

pirkl67 User ID: 2139097 158723
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"Love these! They are pretty, tasty, and not too hard to make. I ran up to the local used-a-bit shop, bought some inexpensive spoons, dipped them in carmel, then melted chocolate. I found some small single pot sized bags of coffee. I tied up the spoons, the coffee, and these biscotti for a cute gift basket for my best girlfriends. They all loved it!"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 68964
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"First time at making biscotti and it turned out wonderful! One that I will make agian!"

martinna User ID: 2142710 149555
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"I tried this recipe today, and it is fantastic! It was easy to make and tastes great. I used mint candy with a lot of red in it; when baking it turned pink, which looks pretty."

Cherylbob User ID: 3512509 101696
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008

"Re: Peppermint Biscotti

Just made them to day for the first time and loved them, they baked up wonderful. I did make a change for us, left out the peppermint extract and candies. Made them with vanilla extract and drizzled the chocolate on top and sprinkled the candy on them. Very good will add to my Christmas baking list.

KJ1 User ID: 1778245 132547
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I loved them!!!! I'm making a double batch this year!!!! And I also successfully made them gluten free, by switching out the flour and adding xanthan gum. I didn't have a bit of trouble with them at all."

montnan User ID: 983088 158721
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"Although I am an experienced cook who bakes lots of good cookies, these were a disaster. The crushed candies melted and burned the bottom crust. The rectangles broke apart even though I carefully used 2 large spatulas to transfer them. I will go back to my tried and true biscotti recipe, using peppermint extract but omitting the candy from the dough and just sprinkling it on top of the chocolate drizzle."

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