Friday, January 21, 2011

Sweets for a Saturday #1

Welcome to the first ever Sweets for a Saturday. Why the title, you ask? Well, see, Saturday is usually when we would invite my grandparents over for dinner. Naturally, dessert is always served and I want to have a collection of desserts at my fingertips for just such an occasion. Besides that, it's also the weekend and what better way to celebrate the end of the week than with a sweet treat. For this first week, I'm sharing my double chocolate biscotti.


I absolutely love making biscotti, but this chocolate biscotti is one of my favorites. I make it nearly every Christmas to give away as gifts. This past year, however, I made it as a stocking stuffer. See, we had a friend staying with us over the holidays and his family has a tradition of putting goodies into the stockings. Last year, one of the goodies in his stocking was a box of chocolate biscotti. So, I decided that I would follow that tradition using my homemade biscotti.

I usually decorate them with white chocolate after dipping them in dark chocolate, but decided to use some colorful sprinkles for a more festive touch. The recipients definitely enjoyed them, and what's not to love? They're incredibly chocolatey, crunchy without being too hard, and they come out perfectly every time. Okay, I confess, my biscotti did crack on the top. I'm not quite sure why it did that and if any of you know how to prevent this mishap, I'd really like to hear your suggestions. But, cracked or no, they're still great to eat, and, well, with all that chocolate spread over the cracked portion, no one will ever know. Shhh, it'll be our little secret.

Double Chocolate Biscotti (adapted from Giada de Laurentiis)

2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
6 Tbsp. salted butter or margarine, softened
3/4 c. sugar (or you can use 1 cup if you want it sweeter)
2 eggs
melted chocolate chips (for dipping)

Combine dry ingredients. Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs. Mix in flour. Form 2 logs (12 x 2 inches). Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350F. Slice immediately into half-inch slices. Bake 20 minutes per side at 325F.

Let cool. Melt some chocolate chips, add a little oil so that it's not too thick, and dip the biscotti in the chocolate. Drizzle with white chocolate or decorate with sprinkles if desired.

The Rules:
  1. Please leave a link back to this post in your post or Grab My Button.
  2. Share your delicious sweets from this week.
  3. Leave me a comment telling me that you've linked up.
  4. Please visit at least two others and comment on their wonderful additions to this party.



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This linky list is now closed.

111 comments:

  1. I've added a link to your site but not via Linky. Did I need to do it via Linky? I've never heard of this tool. It's quite exciting! Thanks for the great idea!

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  2. Hi Lisa,
    Congratulations on your new Hop!
    Your Double Chocolate Biscotti looks so good. I brought you my Fresh Apple Cake today and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting today. Have a great week end!
    Best Wishes!

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  3. That biscotti looks dangerous! ;) Lol Thanks for starting this new link up, and for stopping by to let me know about it! :)

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  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your Linky invite!

    Your biscotti looks so good; I need to bake some right away ~ thanks for the recipe!

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  5. i would love to link but sadly i do not know how!

    xo
    janet

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  6. Hi! So glad I found your blog! I am obsessed with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls I linked to on my blog- I like to keep them in the freezer for when a craving hits! haha :)

    -Marissa

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  7. Hi Lisa, I'd love to enter, but does the post have had to be up this week? I haven't done any baking or sweets this week as my sink is clogged :-( But I have loads from earlier that I would love to share. Do let me know,

    Cheers!

    Michelle

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  8. OK, I just realised that I did make ice cream last week, so I've linked up :-)

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  9. How delicious!!! My blog doesn't do desserts but in the next few months I'll have another blog that is exclusively for desserts and when I do I'll be sure to join up with this linky party. Looking forward to it! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  10. Hi Lisa, these are beautiful and festive biscotti. About your biscotti cracking on top, I thought it's "normal". Mine got really tiny cracks though and the major difference between our recipes is that I brush egg white on them before baking. The egg white gives the biscotti a shiny coating and maybe a little "protection" from cracking too much? Maybe you can try that next time. I got my recipe from Food and Wine in case if you're interested. Here's the link for your reference.

    http://utry.it/2011/01/bittersweet-chocolate-dipped-almond.html

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  11. Hi Lisa! Desserts are a fun theme for a link up- thanks for hosting!
    I am sharing my recipe for Meyer Lemon Cookies. The recipe is gluten free, but they can be made with "normal" flour too if you don't have an issue with gluten.
    If anyone is interested, I am having a giveaway for a 7 pound box of Organic Meyer Lemons!

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  12. Your chocolate biscotti looks fabulous! Why not have it all year round... especially with sprinkles? (e.g. I got a gingerbread biscotti at Starbucks today. YUM!)

    Thanks for hosting this linky. There's a new Blog Hop up on my blog too... come take a look when you get a chance.

    e-Mom @ Susannah's {Kitchen}

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  13. I've linked up :) thanks for the invite!

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  14. Thanks for the invite! I've linked my pumpkin butterscotch cookies. These biscotti look beautiful!

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  15. Thank you Lisa for the invite. I love my spice cake! And it is so easy to make. Usually gone in about 1hr! Have a beautiful Saturday filled with sweets!
    p.s. Hope I linked myself properly...

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  16. Lisa, thank you for this invitation, nice initiative!

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  17. Thank you for this new linky - I've brought along an Apple and Pecan Bundt Cake. Your Double Chocolate Biscotti look amazing!

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  18. Biscotti is a favorite of mine! Thanks for hosting this fun party:@)

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  19. Hi Lisa, I've just linked up! Thanks for hosting!
    Great idea!

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  20. Thanks for the invite. I'm looking forward to trying out MANY of these recipes! Do you have a button for your party?

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  21. Hiya Lisa!
    Thanks for the invite, I linked up and shared the Apple and Cherry Lattice Pies...
    This whole linking up thing is all new to me, but thank you for including me!!

    Your biscotti looks amazing!!!

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  22. I love biscotti too, particularly with almonds.

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  23. Thanks for the invitation, Lisa. I've linked my Molten Nutella Truffle Chocolate Lava Cake with a Sweet Vanilla Creme Fraiche and a heavenly Creme Anglaise.

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  24. Thank you for the linky party! There are some great looking things on here!

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  25. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for the invite. Your biscotti looks deliciously festive. What a fun stocking stuffer! I was planning on making biscotti this weekend, so your post was perfect timing. :)

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  26. Mmm!!! Looks wonderful! I love biscotti. I actually made a chocolate peppermint biscotti for our neighborhoood cookie swap. Everyone I heard from said they were great with a cup of hot chocolate.

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  27. Lisa, I made biscotti for the first time at Christmas. I have always been intimidated by them but they are surprisingly easy to make, I will have to try these!!
    Thanks for inviting me to your party I just linked up.:)

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  28. Hi Lisa, Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment so I could find you! So funny ~~~ I opened up your blog while eating store bought biscotti! LOL. I do love biscotti and make it on occasion. It always seems to take so long to make, but I know it's well worth it. I am going to try your recipe and remember your Sweets for Saturday meme.

    Nice to meet you!
    Donna

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  29. Thanks for the invite Lisa! Looks like some yummy treats for our Saturday.

    -Brenda

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  30. This biscotti sounds delicious! Love the deep chocolate color and flavor!

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  31. Lisa, Your biscotti looks great! Thanks for hosting this party; I'll be looking forward to participating as often as I can. I linked a cherry pie recipe - the cherries are ones I grew last summer.
    Blessings, Beth

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  32. I am going to have to get myself organized and get something up for this. Congratulations on so many participants on the first week!

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  33. I've linked up and posted about your blog on my blog. Thanks for the invite. I'm excited to check out all these other food blogs too!

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  34. I've linked up. Thank you so much for hosting this linky party! My Mom loves to make (and eat) biscotti. I'm definitely going to share this recipe with her. Thank you!

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  35. How fun, thanks for the invitation to link up! So many delicious things!! I made a button for my sidebar rather than link in the post, I hope you don't mind... PS Your biscotti look amazing!

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  36. Thank U for stopping by at my blog and the link invite.
    I'm so glad I found ur blog in this way :)

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  37. Great idea Lisa! I have to say my picture for my pie did not turn out. That is a pic from Better Homes and Garden's magazine. The pie is amazing.
    Use a pastry bag w/ a frosting tip of your choice to get the design you want for the whip cream.
    Thanks for the invite.

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  38. Wow! No time this morning to link to cherry cookie post, but I'll play next weekend. Great idea! XO Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms

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  39. So many yummy recipes!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the invite!

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  40. Love biscotti, too! Can't beat chocolate!

    I linked up to your Sweet for a Saturday on my blog. I also made comments on a few others. Wish I could get to all of them right now!

    Thanks, Lisa. Yummy stuff! Have a great Saturday.

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  41. This is a lovely idea Lisa! Thanks for the invite :)
    Miss Jones

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  42. Great idea! Your double chocolate biscotti sounds amazing! I'm a huge biscotti fan and always look for new recipes. I've added our Nanaimo Bars as per your suggestion on our Claudia's Cookbook blog!

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  43. I've linked up! I love baking biscotti too! They are so easy to whip up and taste oh so delicious(:

    I never ran into the cracked top issue. But I do have questions on how to make clean slices. They always get really crumbly and crack when I cut them into slices. Any solutions?

    And.. I love drizzling them with dark chocolate. It makes them look amazing! I do love your way of dipping them in chocolate though. More chocolate= better!

    Btw, thanks for the invite! I love looking at goodies from the others!

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  44. Lisa, thank you for the invite to link up my recipe for the cookies. My mouth is watering just from looking at all the delicious desserts shown on your blog. Yummy!

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  45. Hi Lisa! Yeah, great party!!! Are you working on a button so I can add it to my blog? I would love to have one =o)

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  46. Lisa - what a fabulous idea! Looks like it's a real hit too! I've shared a link to my blog and also posted your link to my FB fan page - I'd love to have your button too. Thanks for all the yummy sweet recipes! RIGHT up MY alley!

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  47. Hi Lisa! WOW! congratulations on such an amazing turnout on your first sweets for saturday linky! Seriously, this is a huge success for you! I know! I have a linky! ;) Wishing you all the best for continued success and all sweet things in your life! I am linking up my mom's favorite recipe to make when guests come, Her apple cake based on an old new york times recipe from the 70's which I "healthed" up. All the best! Alex

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  48. I linked up my Root Beer Float Cake and look forward to seeing the other treats!

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  49. Mmmm....so many tempting treats here! I linked up my Pink Sno Ball Cake. I love these Saturday Sweets!

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  50. I like this idea! Thanks for finding me so that I could find you. =) I linked to my vanilla bean pudding post...looking forward to seeing some of the others!

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  51. I love biscottis. Specially with coffee... one of my favorite combo :).
    And thanks Lisa for the invite! Obrigada ;). It is fun participate

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  52. Oh, how happy I am that you stopped by my place and left your comment so I could come and visit your delightful blog!

    I made a batch of biscotti as a birthday gift for my brother-in-law this past Thursday. It is my favorite recipe and it is also from Giada. It has anise seed and I coat the bottoms with melted chocolate.

    This biscotti recipe looks delicious!
    I will be sure to peruse more of your posts :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  53. Hi Lisa, I added my Portuguese Rice Pudding - what a fun thing to do! I make biscotti and it almost always cracks on top. I didn't know it wasn't supposed to! LOL Anyway, it's delicious even with the cracks :)

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  54. Lisa -
    Thanks for inviting me to share my Cranberry Upside-Down Cake. I don't bake as often as I cook, but I will take part when I have something sweet to share!! Lots of great-looking recipes here!!!

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  55. Hi Lisa! Thanks for much for stopping by my blog and inviting me to link up. I shared my chocolate chip cookies! :)

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  56. Thank you for the invite, I just linked up. I also have a linky party today and would love to have you link up! Mine is called sweet treat saturday!

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  57. Thanks for inviting me! Your biscotti looks dee-lish!

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  58. Thanks for the link up instructions and the invite. How fun. We may have to try to do this sometime on our site.

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  59. Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me to link up to your blog. I shared my dark chocolate no bake cookies! :)

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  60. Lisa, thank you so much for the invite. I look forward to participating on a regular basis.

    Ann

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  61. Look at all the sweets! Great turnout on your linky party. Your biscotti looks so good and chocolately. I linked up a simple 3 ingredient French Apple Tart that my 9 year old daughter made for us. Thanks for hosting! See you next week.

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  62. Hi Lisa - I just linked up. Thanks!

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  63. Hi Lisa, I've linked up. Great idea- thanks for sharing!

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  64. Hi Lisa, Your Biscotti looks fab! Great blog and party! I just linked up, but didn't realize that the post was supposed to be from this week, and didn't see a way to delete? Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment!

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  65. wow, your biscotti do look good, and that's such a sweet idea to honour your grandparents like that... we used to visit ours on a Sunday and grandma would always make a lovely fruitcake that came out at about 4pm served with tea!... I have added a link to my Lamingtons... I love that linky thing... very sophisticated... and I love your blog too x

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  66. Thanks for stopping by my blog and telling me about this! I linked up my "Black and Gold Cookies." GO STEELERS!!!!!

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  67. Hi Lisa! Your biscotti looks delicious! I just linked up ... a day late but it is my Saturday post, so I guess it counts! Will be right back next weekend to see what everyone contributes! Talk about a great recipe/post share! Love your idea!

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  68. Wow! First, there are these great Double Chocolate Biscotti, but then there are over 100 other Saturday Sweets to look up...! Good thing that there's no calories in just looking. You'll have plenty to serve your grandparents... 8-)

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  69. Thanks for the invite, Lisa - I just linked up! Enjoying your blog!! :)

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  70. Hi Thanks for visiting my blog and for your post, I've wanted to try Biscotti for a while so will definitly be making this.

    I've linked up

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  71. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog...have a lovely Sunday!

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  72. Great idea! I've linked up and am loving checking out all these other blogs. :)

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  73. Thanks for stopping by Lisa. What a wonderful selections of sweet dessert, I'm having a hard time to choose the best one.

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  74. WOW, look at all the support! What a successful premiere, Lisa! Woo Hoo!

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  75. Thanks a lot for pointing me to this link Lisa... i am learning how to bake recently.. so there will be many cakes and cupcakes coming ur way... :)
    Coming to the biscotti part.. even my biscotti cracked and i was unable to cut it :( donno y...
    But u dipped in chocolate.. and i love it thats a wonderful idea.. will do that :)

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  76. I linked up! Thanks for hosting this event :)

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  77. This looks like so much fun! Thank you for the invitation to join in! I'll jump in this coming week with a yummy sweet treat recipe! How fun!!

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  78. That biscotti looks deliciously wonderful!

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  79. I just linked up! Thank you for inviting me. Looking forward to checking out all these tasty treats!

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  80. Thanks so much for the invite. Your biscotti sounds divine. I have a recipe that is much more complicated - I'll have to try yours :-)

    Linked up my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. Hope you all like it.

    Warmly,
    Nicole

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  81. I added my Chai Latte Brownies recipe! Thanks for inviting me to link up! I'm excited to see what some of the others have come up with!

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  82. Thank you for the invitation! I've just added a link to my Banana & Chocolate Cupcakes recipe. Your biscotti look wonderful - I love making them for Christmas gifts, too. It looks like you're gathering a great collection of dessert recipes.

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  83. Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me to link up! What a great idea and lots of great food ideas!

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  84. I love biscotti and your chocolately ones sounds great. Wow! What a great link party! I tried so hard to get my recipe done to link up but it won't be ready until tomorrow. I am not sure how long you are keeping the link open. If I miss it, I will try again next week.

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  85. Hi there! Just found your wonderful blog! I just added my favorite Apple Squares! Thanks for the Linky!

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  86. Hi Lisa- added my mocha frappe to your list..thanks for hosting!

    I am loving the intense chocolaty color of your biscotti..very nicely done :)

    US Masala

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  87. Biscotti are a staple in our holiday goodie baskets! Thanks for the invite to link up!

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  88. Hey Lisa, congratulations on Week 1. Tremendous participation! I'm so excited and can't wait to see what the others share. I've linked up with another Indian delicacy, Gaajar ka Halwa!

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  89. And wow, your biscotti looks wonderful and festive. This would also be lovely for Valentine's Day... something different!

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  90. Hi Lisa!
    Thanks so much for inviting me to join your party! I've linked up 2 different confections, Red Velvet Whoopies & Chocolate Raspberry Croissants. I'm so wishing I had your biscotti for my coffee in the morning! Looks delish! I am also your newest follower! Have a great Monday!

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  91. Hi Lisa, thanks for the invite :) I already linked my simple recipe! However, you need to delete the first one (Creamy Strawberry) because I didn't realize I pasted the link to your blog instead of my recipe hehe! Anyways, this blog is super cool! I'd definitely try some of your stuff (those that aren't super hard and ingredients not super difficult to find where i'm at)

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  92. I linked up...thanks for inviting me to do so. :)

    What a wonderful collection of treats...I was in a frenzy of browsing this morning...ehehehe.

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  93. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks For Dropping a Lovely comment on my blog http://cookingwithme-a.blogspot.com, and inviting me to your linky party.
    Very nice blog and recipes also.
    God bless you.

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  94. Thanks for the invite to link up! I linked up my Cherry Chocolate cheesecake and used your little grab icon in my post! Your biscotti looks wonderful, I love making it, but I have no idea why sometimes it cracks and why sometimes it doesn't. No matter, it still tastes amazing!

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  95. What a great turnout!! congratulations lisa, i have entered a couple of sweets myself, i hope i am not breaking any unspoken rule on entering only one entry each week? LOL

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  96. These look lovely! I really like biscotti, but I've only made them a couple of times. I've completely missed this week's linky thing, but I already have something in mind for next Saturday! Thanks for the invite.
    :)

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  97. Hi Lisa,

    These biscotti look delicious! They're one of my favorite sweet treats, and the perfect little afternoon snack.

    P.S. I've linked up my orange cranberry pound cake. I'm excited to see what everyone else has made. So far I've been drawn to the red velvet whoopie pies and some sunny lemon cookies with white chocolate...yum!

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  98. thanks for stopping by my little blogspot....I love this link party. It's fabulous.

    Your newest follower.

    http://lnowak.blogspot.com

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  99. Sweet Biscotti: Sounds great as it look! There are so many yummy items.....don't know whay 2 see & what 2 cook... what 2 taste :)

    Your new follower Lisa,
    http://discoverlifestyle.blogspot.com/

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  100. Yeah! You have a button! Sorry I didn't get back to you about it (I wasn't on the computer much this weekend.) But yours looks great and I'm adding it right now!

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  101. Sorry I'm a little late for the party! Thanks so much for letting me know about it.

    I love biscotti and just recently made some myself!

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  102. Holy Smokes! You have a huge link up here! Love it and thanks for the invite!

    Susie at Scraps of Life- newest GFC follower
    http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com

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  103. Thank you for inviting me to link up! I'm your newest follower!

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  104. Thanks for inviting me to link my recipe Lisa :)

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  105. hi Lisa! great blog! you're sister is really lucky to have you bake such a wonderful cake for her. haven't quite figured out how to link up yet...but working on it.

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  106. Hi Lisa! Thanks for the link up. I am so happy I got it in.

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  107. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, so that I could find yours. This event sounds like big fun. I'm going to link the next time for sure - unfortunately I am late for this one. I do make sweet things quite often, anyway, and with this even, I cannot run out of ideas!

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  108. Hi Lisa! It looks like I missed linking up. Let me know if you do that again, I have some more fun treats I'll be making this weekend and hopefully you like them just as much as the Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! :)

    http://eatdrinkandrun.blogspot.com/2011/01/hot-chocolate-cupcakes.html

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  109. I don't know if I've ever had Biscotti, though it definitely looks good.

    Do pop over to my blog and say hello.

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