My daughter informed us at the age of 6 that she was going to grow up and become a teacher. 📚Over the years, she crossed paths with more than a few people that tried to discourage her and steer her in another direction, but she held strong to her conviction that she was meant to teach children. Teaching has always been her passion which makes watching her live out her dream as a Kindergarten teacher even sweeter.
I took the longer, more "round-about" road to discovering what I was passionate about in life. 🤣 And once I finally decided that I really enjoyed cooking and baking, it took me the better part of 10 years to turn my hobby into a business. 💁🏻♀️ I'm more of an ease my way in and test the waters than a jump right in with both feet, kind of girl. 🤣
While there are obvious perks to baking professionally, there are also some downfalls to turning your hobby into your job. Decorating cookies is way less fun after you do it for 12 straight hours. 😅 It's fair to say that my family's not been deprived of sugar since my baking evolved into a business though. There was never any shortage of cake scraps and cookie mistakes for hungry kiddos to enjoy. 😋
Maybe it's just my pride, but I bake so many cookies that I really can't justify buying them from the grocery store. As much as my kids loved growing up in a house filled with homemade sugary treats, there was no denying their looks of disappointment when we passed by the cookie aisle in the grocery store. 🍪 Is it considered child abuse if you don't buy your kids Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies? 😂
I'm still not sure that I ever bought a package of Chocolate Chip cookies but I will admit to purchasing the occasional package of Oreo cookies. My family LOVES Oreos and turns out, they were a great reward for unmotivated kids. The magic cookies turned my kids into professional negotiators and surprisingly helpful dishwasher emptiers. 😂
Now that the "kids" aren't so much "kids" anymore, the Oreos tend to last just a little bit longer in the house, which gives me a chance to snag a few to myself. If I'm being honest - I don't love Oreos but I do love to crush them up and turn them into other ... more homemade treats. Cupcakes, cakes, ice cream and cheesecakes are all treats that I've made even more delicious by adding Oreos. Today, it's biscotti that's getting and Oreo upgrade. I can't imagine a better way to take ordinary biscotti to the next level.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
⅔ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
15 chocolate sandwich cookies coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons white chocolate, melted
Arrange slices on baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool.
Drizzle chocolate over cooled biscotti.
For a girl who doesn't really love Oreos - I could not stop eating these biscotti! They are amazing and let's just say, I would clear the dishwasher twice a day if I could eat on of these every time. 😅
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