In looking for new ideas for recipes this year, I decided to experiment with cinnamon and came up with this Snickerdoodle Biscotti recipe. Cinnamon is one of the perfect spices for creating a feeling of welcome and homecoming. It also warms the soul and the body. Additionally, cinnamon has many health benefits that you may not be aware of. Some benefits include:
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- May help with heart disease
- May help reduce insulin resistance
- Lowers blood sugar
- Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections
The best cinnamon to use is the Ceylon variety as it is lower in coumarin, however most grocery stores carry the Cassia variety which is cheaper. You can buy Ceylon cinnamon on Amazon for a reasonable price. My favorite spice vendor is Penzeys.
I haven’t used pecans very much in my biscotti recipes, but they seemed to be the right match with cinnamon. After some ingredient testing, this recipe is the result. My daughter named it and we now have Snickerdoodle Biscotti because they reminded her of Snickerdoodle cookies. They smell great baking and are the perfect way to welcome guests visiting during the holiday season.
This dough turned out to be very sticky which makes it hard to handle. To make it easier to work with, either flour or oil your hands. I ended up placing the dough on the parchment paper with a wooden spoon and then shaping it with my hands. You can store these biscotti room temperature for up to one month if your family will let you. They make great hostess gifts and are very easy to make in just one bowl.