We love the refrigerated Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with the regular icing. Not the orange or cream cheese, just the plain. They are a treat for us on a weekend occasionally. So when I make them for my kids I try to make them a little more special. Add a couple drops of food coloring to the icing and stir well. Colored sugar sprinkled on top finishes them off. Sprinkles or jimmies, as they are called in some parts of the country, are great too. Mix it up for holidays or a birthday. Use the birthday person’s favorite color. Use green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day and blue for 4th of July. Then watch your family gobble them up!
My son’s second grade class held a heritage luncheon as their winter party before the holiday break. Each family was asked to make a dish to share from their heritage. When I asked my son what he wanted to make he didn’t hesitate to say biscotti, from our Italian heritage. Honestly, I cringed! We love biscotti but, I’ll admit, I buy it. I made it once many years ago before children. When it comes to cooking, I rarely cheat, but it did cross my mind to purchase it. Then the memo from school…there will be a cookbook of all the families recipes, please email it to the room mom. So…off I went on a biscotti recipe search.
I did not keep the recipe I had made all those years ago because when I cut it after the first baking, it crumbled. It’s not that biscotti is a difficult recipe to make, it’s just a bit involved because it’s a twice baked cookie. So my search took me to the Taste of Home website where I found the recipe inspiration. I modified it to our tastes, leaving out nuts, adding chocolate chips and here is the result. The room mom was so impressed she asked if I bought them! I actually impressed myself too! They do look nice! For a different look, dip half the biscotti in white chocolate. These are perfect for dunking in your morning coffee.
My oldest son is a very picky eater but he loves these cookies. He won’t eat anything else with peanut butter! This is a very easy cookie to make. It is also a good base recipe for some variations, which I will mention after the recipe. This is a good cookie for lunch boxes or as an after school snack. If you bake treats during the holidays, use the red and green M&M’s as an addition for a festive look.
Now for some variations:
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies: Prepare dough as directed above. Stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies: Prepare dough as directed above. Stir in 1 cup chopped peanuts.
Nutty Candy Cookies: Prepare dough as directed above. Stir in 1 cup candy coated pieces, such as M&M’s. Mini M&M’s will work too.