White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti and the 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival

Chocolate glaze optional - I'm trying to decide if it is better with or without.

In the midst of trying to finish 52 illustrations by next week (I have 11 more to go!), summer activities, preparing for September book events, I decided to honor my recent white chocolate fixation and attempt to create an original recipe of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti.

I will be reading from my book, Soup Day, at the 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival at the Princeton, NJ Public Library this Saturday at 11:30 am.  I will also be meeting amazing authors and illustrators,  greeting the public, and signing books!  If you happen to live in or near Princeton, NJ, please stop by and say “hello”.  I’d love to see you. 🙂

I’m traveling with my friend Kate the day before, who just released her book, Big Bouffant, and we are staying with her dear friend in Princeton who has generously offered us lodging.  I decided to make this creation to bring to her.

Hopefully she won’t mind the sloppy chocolate garnish I mistakenly put on the sides instead of the tops (see note below)!

White Chocolate Macademia Nut Biscotti

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

½ cup white chocolate chips

optional:  1/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chopped chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add sugar and beat another minute.  Add egg and extracts and beat until incorporated.  Stir in macadamia nuts and white chocolate until evenly distributed.
  4. Dump batter out onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Wet hands and form dough into a large rectangular log, about 4-inches by 12-inches in size.
  5. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes until top is firm.  Let rest on baking sheet on wire rack for 15 minutes.  Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  6. Carefully transfer log with two spatulas (it can easily break if it is not supported) to a cutting board.  Cut log into diagonal slices about ½-inch thick with a serrated knife.  Gently use a sawing motion, don’t press down too hard, or the log will break.
  7. Transfer the pieces back to the baking sheet and bake for another 20-25 minutes, flipping baking sheet and cookies halfway through.
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and let rest on wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Then move biscotti to rack to cool completely.
  9. If you’d like to drizzle them with chocolate, just melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals (it took me about 90 seconds), stirring in between.  Transfer melted chocolate to a sandwich Ziploc bag and press all the chocolate to one corner of the bag.  Snip off a small bit of the corner so you have a tiny hole.  Turn biscotti so that the tops are up!  (I forgot to do this – oops!)  Squeeze the bag gently, drizzling chocolate over the biscotti.

    Major fail: I drizzled one side instead of the tops -- oops!

    To speed up the hardening process, you can chill in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit.

Makes about 13-14.


Filed under Art Related, Children, Cookies, Desserts

15 responses to “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti and the 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival

  1. Joy

    The biscotti looks great.

  2. This biscotti looks scrumptious! I’ve never tried making it but I definitely will have to give this recipe a try. Yum! Good luck with the rest of your illustrations!

  3. Whoah still 11 illustrations to go… that’s quite some work to do I guess!
    I love biscotti and yours look terrific white chocolate and macadamia is a winning combination in my book. 🙂 And I don’t find drizzling chocolate over them the way you did to be a fail at all! 1. More surface for it so stick on! 2. I don’t think anyone would eat them ‘upright’ 😉


  4. Busy week! At least you have these wonderful biscotti to keep you going!

  5. I love childrens book festivals, how much I miss them. They do have some here, but all books are in spanish, and I like reading in english. The biscotti, look delicious, perfect to accompany that afternoon coffee.

  6. Hi Melissa, these look fabulous! Good luck at the fair today! I still need to buy a copy of your book. 🙂 my now 2-yr old daughter has already expressed interest in cooking and once in a while she brings her chair into the kitchen so she could be a part of the activities and “see?” as she says. I think making soup this fall will be fun as his is one of her favorite things to eat. Oh and chocolate on the sides of biscotti in addition to the top is always a good thing! I’ve never thought to make my own but once I’m using the oven again (it’s too hot lately) I will have to give it a whirl.

  7. IshaShiri

    I will prepare this recipe tomorrow! It was great to know how to do it.

  8. Your book is awesome. I love biscotti and the combination of white chocolate and macadamia is awesome

  9. Amy

    This biscotti sounds wonderful! I love the combination of macadamia and white chocolate, so heavenly! These would be perfect with coffee for dunking ;)!

  10. Melissa- the biscotti looks deeelish. I love hearing about all your adventures. Hope the trip to Princeton was fantabulous. 🙂

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