Sally’s Cookie Addiction – Sally McKenney

Most bakers may know the name Sally McKenney but more likely they follow her popular baking blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally left a job in finance to feed her addiction to baking and documents her sweet creations on her blog to share with her many followers. 

In addition to her popular site, she is the author of three books: Sally’s Baking Addiction, Sally’s Candy Addiction and last year’s Sally’s Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Bars, Shortbread, and More. (Note: Sally’s eight cookie recipe book sampler is currently less than a dollar on Amazon.)

Sally’s Cookie Addiction shares the author’s versions of many of the classics – Pecan tassies,  Shortbread jam thumbprints and others. Along with these traditional favorites, newcomers for our cookie jars are included such as Maple walnut slice-and-bake cookies or Cranberry spice rugelach. There is a recipe for Chocolate chip cookie dough dip here which every kid (or at least my kid) would devour (and probably some adults, too). Bars, meringues, and a few no-bake treats are covered.

While I realize the recipe we are sharing today is for a holiday-ish type cookie, there is no reason why you couldn’t omit the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes and enjoy Chocolate biscotti this Valentine’s Day maybe with some red and pink sprinkles. That is how I would roll  because while I am not anti- many things, I am anti-peppermint. 

Thanks to Race Point for sharing the biscotti recipe as well as providing three copies of this title for our contest open to members in the US and Canada. After you add this cookie to your bookshelf, scroll down to enter! 


Chocolate peppermint biscotti
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PREP TIME: 40 minutes TOTAL TIME: 2 hours YIELD: 32 cookies

It doesn’t need to be the holidays to enjoy these holly jolly biscotti! Making biscotti may seem daunting, but the process is anything but. These cookies are twice-baked, which contributes to their traditional crunchy coffee-soaker-upper texture. That’s a term, correct? Crushed candy canes add to the festive fun!

  • 1¾ cups (210 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface and hands
  • ½ cup (43 g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons (75 g) butter, cold and cubed
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup (270 g) mini or regular-size semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk
  • 4-ounce (113 g) bar semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk 3 of the eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract together. Pour into the flour-butter mixture, then gently mix with a large spoon or rubber spatula until everything is just barely moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and, with floured hands, knead lightly until the dough is soft and slightly sticky, about 8 to 10 times. If it’s very sticky, knead 1 to 2 more tablespoon(s), or 8 to 15 g, of flour into the dough. With floured hands, divide the dough into 2 equal portions and place each portion onto its own cookie sheet. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long (20 cm) slab, patting down until each is about ½ inch (13 mm) thick.

5. In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg with the milk. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and sides of each slab of dough with the egg wash.

6. Bake the slabs of dough for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, but do not turn off the heat. Allow slabs to cool for 10 minutes. Once the slabs are cool enough to handle, cut each into 1-inch-thick (2.5 cm) slices (see photo, left). Set slices, cut sides facing up, 3/4 inch (6 mm) apart on the baking sheets.

7. Return to the oven to continue baking for 8 to 9 minutes. Turn the biscotti over and bake for another 5 to 6 minutes. The biscotti will be slightly soft in the center with harder edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets.

8. Transfer biscotti to a wire rack to cool completely. As they cool, the biscotti will become crunchy.

9. Melt the chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 15-second increments, stopping and stirring after each until completely smooth. Drizzle biscotti with chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

10. Allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator or at room temperature, about 30 minutes, before enjoying. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.


Biscotti can be frozen for up to 3 months, but I suggest freezing without the chocolate drizzle; allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then drizzle with chocolate 30 minutes prior to serving.

From Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney, © 2017 by Sally McKenney. Used by permission from the publisher, Race Point Publishing, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group.


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  • lauriesk  on  February 12, 2018

    I would try Super-chewy chocolate chip cookie bars.

  • amyz218  on  February 12, 2018

    Cranberry spice rugelach – sounds delish!

  • jigglesfrog  on  February 12, 2018

    Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

  • Steben  on  February 12, 2018

    Chocolate peppermint biscotti

  • jr0717  on  February 12, 2018

    The Espresso White Chocolate Chunk sound divine!

  • centraljersey  on  February 12, 2018

    could Nutella No-bakes become a substitute for eating cookie dough?

  • matag  on  February 12, 2018

    Buttery shortbread

  • eileen2015  on  February 12, 2018

    Soft and chewy chocolate chip

  • ebs  on  February 12, 2018

    Brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies

  • AnnaZed  on  February 12, 2018

    White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  • heyjude  on  February 12, 2018

    Pinwheel Cookies

  • HeatherLynn  on  February 13, 2018

    I would love to try the White chocolate macadamia nut cookies!

  • SBabij  on  February 13, 2018

    I would like to try the White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  • JRumi  on  February 13, 2018

    Cranberry spice rugelach

  • sarahawker  on  February 13, 2018

    Soft peanut butter cookies

  • robynnemellor  on  February 13, 2018

    I've tried a bunch from a library copy and loved them! Next, I want to try the chocolate sugar cookies

  • mcrimmins  on  February 13, 2018

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies sound amazing.

  • annmartina  on  February 13, 2018

    Nutella no bake cookies

  • Kristjudy  on  February 13, 2018

    White chocolate macadamia nut

  • Siegal  on  February 13, 2018

    My son would love giant M&m cookie

  • ljsimmons  on  February 14, 2018

    Sweet and salty M&M combo cookies

  • contest718  on  February 14, 2018

    Pecan tassies

  • ktwalla  on  February 14, 2018

    Ginger Pistachio Cookies

  • lpatterson412  on  February 14, 2018

    Strawberries and cream cookie cups!

  • lebarron2001  on  February 14, 2018

    Coffee toffee shortbread

  • janv  on  February 14, 2018

    Espresso white chocolate chunk cookies

  • abihamm  on  February 14, 2018

    Brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies

  • EmilyR  on  February 14, 2018

    Giant funfetti cookie pizza

  • Frogcake  on  February 15, 2018

    Brown butter snickerdoodles. Yum.

  • gwenrinald  on  February 15, 2018

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies

  • Marcia1206  on  February 15, 2018

    Crispy chocolate chip cookies

  • kmn4  on  February 16, 2018

    Chai tea spice shortbread

  • AnneOther  on  February 16, 2018

    The "easy cinnamon snowballs" are calling my name!

  • Scotsman61  on  February 16, 2018

    Cranberry spice rugelach

  • hippiechick1955  on  February 17, 2018

    Less than one year before my father passed away, I was writing down a recipe for Snickerdoodles. He told me "Those are my favorite cookies". I never knew that and never recall ever seeing them in our home. Soooo I made him a batch before I left Houston to return home to Nashville. I would without a doubt, in memory of my father, try the Browned Butter Snickerdoodles. FYI: I have taken a great liking to Snickerdoodles . Thank you, dad. I lve you.

  • jmay42066  on  February 17, 2018

    Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

  • JenJoLa  on  February 17, 2018

    Super-chewy chocolate chip cookie bars

  • ADeeRD  on  February 17, 2018

    the crispy edge chocolate chip cookies- there are so so many chocolate chip cookie recipes be fun to find one with a new twist.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  February 18, 2018

    I would like to try making the Cinnamon chocolate pecan cookies.

  • FireRunner2379  on  February 18, 2018

    I'm a big fan of Sally's Blog, she has some awesome recipes! I'd like to try the Kitchen sink cookies from her cookbook.

  • sgump  on  February 19, 2018

    The idea of iced carrot cake oatmeal cookies sounds lovely (even if the icing part might be a bit fiddly: I'll ice cupcakes, but I like to make my cookies on the smallish side, so my patience might be tested here).

  • daniellespinato1  on  February 19, 2018

    I love a good oatmeal cookie so the autumn spice oatmeal cookies sound right up my alley!

  • lgroom  on  February 19, 2018

    Pinwheel cookies.

  • Dannausc  on  February 19, 2018

    Nutella no-bakes

  • antpantsii  on  February 19, 2018

    Chai tea spice shortbread

  • hibeez  on  February 20, 2018

    Chocolate sugar cookies

  • vinochic  on  February 21, 2018

    Ginger pistachio cookies

  • mpdeb98  on  February 24, 2018

    Iced carrot cake oatmeal cookies

  • linmin  on  February 24, 2018

    Coffee Toffee Shortbread

  • Puguppy  on  February 25, 2018

    Shortbread jam cookiess

  • LaurenE  on  February 25, 2018

    Brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies

  • JJWong  on  February 25, 2018

    I'd try the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

  • HermionieG  on  February 25, 2018

    Soft peanut butter cookies

  • jezpurr  on  February 25, 2018

    The Ginger Pistachio Cookies!!!^_^

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  February 28, 2018

    Chocolate cashew shortbread wedges.

  • nadiam1000  on  March 1, 2018

    shortbread jam thumbprints

  • madelainelc  on  March 1, 2018

    Brown butter snickerdoodles. Possibly the finest cookie invented.

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  March 2, 2018

    Autumn spice oatmeal cookies

  • davisesq212  on  March 2, 2018

    Holy cow…the Peanut butter Nutella swirl cookies sound scrumptious. I'm making those right away.

  • choppergirl  on  March 2, 2018

    Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

  • BMeyer  on  March 2, 2018

    peanut butter nutella

  • t.t  on  March 3, 2018

    Banana almond berry breakfast cookies

  • RSW  on  March 4, 2018

    Cranberry orange white chocolate chip cookies

  • Laura1  on  March 4, 2018

    chocolate sugar cookies

  • jluvs2bake  on  March 5, 2018

    Big chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  • aftertenth  on  March 6, 2018

    good cookies. thanks. <a href="">after 12th courses list</a>

  • PollySBA  on  March 7, 2018

    Well, we all love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!

  • Joy001  on  March 7, 2018

    Strawberries & cream cookie cups sound great!

  • Jenamarie  on  March 8, 2018

    Piñata cookie surprises

  • miggsy  on  March 8, 2018

    Nutella no bake cookies– can't resist nutella!

  • Dmartin997  on  March 9, 2018

    Autumn Spice Oatmeal Cookies

  • Coffeebean  on  March 9, 2018

    Autumn spice oatmeal cookies

  • sequoia55  on  March 10, 2018

    Cranberry spice rugelach

  • lisambb  on  March 10, 2018

    Iced carrot cake oatmeal cookies so7nd fabulous

  • Nancith  on  March 10, 2018

    Coffee toffee shortbread would be first on my list.

  • tararr  on  March 10, 2018

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Joy001  on  March 10, 2018

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies!

  • Julia  on  March 10, 2018

    Jude & Franklin’s favorite dog biscuits

  • Bakest  on  March 10, 2018

    Giant m&m cookies

  • trudys_person  on  March 11, 2018

    Toasted s'mores cookie cups sound yummy!!

  • laurel2000  on  March 11, 2018

    I would make Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Chip cookies! Yum!

  • ktwalla  on  March 11, 2018

    Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

  • RickPearson54  on  March 11, 2018

    Giant M&M cookies

  • Patoliv1312  on  March 11, 2018

    Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Chips cookies are definitely the recipe I would make.

  • ljkish  on  March 11, 2018

    I would like to try the Soft-baked sugar cookie bars.

  • NaomiH  on  March 12, 2018

    Chai tea spice shortbread

  • LaraM  on  March 12, 2018

    Kitchen sink cookies

  • rstuart  on  March 13, 2018

    Brown butter snickerdoodles!

  • TheCookbookCook  on  March 15, 2018

    Coconut lime shortbread

  • amferrer  on  March 16, 2018

    Royal icing!

  • HomespunHouse  on  March 16, 2018

    ALL of them! But first, the kitchen sink cookies.

  • BridgetL  on  March 16, 2018

    Coffee Toffee Shortbread

  • verorenee  on  March 17, 2018

    Autumn spice oatmeal cookies

  • Singleta417  on  March 18, 2018

    Iced carrot cake oatmeal cookies

  • MusicCityMissy  on  March 21, 2018

    Lemon Creme Sandwiches for me and the Jude and Franklin's favorite dog biscuits for my two babies!

  • orchidlady01  on  March 22, 2018

    Cinnamon chocolate pecan cookies

  • tmcginty  on  March 22, 2018

    Brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies

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