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Welcome back from the Christmas celebrations!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, enjoyed the holidays with friends, family, food, fun, and lots of festivities. I took an extra day off so I’m lounging around this morning, getting my fiance’s birthday present organized, hit the gym, then off to meet my cousin/maid-of-honor for lunch.

Time to get back on track to some healthy and regular eating, so I started the day off with some fruit and yogurt.

Some healthy eating is much needed after 5 straight days of turkey, ham, corn bake, stuffing, cookies, chocolate, and lots of these:

Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti!

Ingredients (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  (or 2 tsp van extract)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl. Combine sugar, oil, and extract and one egg at a time, mixing a little in between each egg.
  3. Gradually add in the dry ingredients until well-blended (dough will be dry and crumbly). Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 7 to 8 times. Divide the dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long roll. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.  Place rolls 6 inches apart on the baking sheet; flatten each roll to 1-inch thickness.

let the logs cool for 10 mins

5. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll diagonally into 15 (1/2-inch) slices.

watch your fingers!

6. Place the slices, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325°, and bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 10 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on wire rack.
The best part is – these are only 100 calories per biscotti so enjoy (maybe not to the extent I did, 5 in one night might have been a bit over the top, but hey it’s Christmas!)
Did you bake anything yummy for the holidays?
Anyone else enjoying one more day off from work today??
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