Adding some wow to your desserts only takes a couple of steps. Here’s a simple way to make your gluten-free cookies stand out with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.
Want to take a recipe from ordinary to something really special? It’s easier than you think. Even if baking isn’t your strong suit, you can do this. Let’s talk about how.
For our purposes, I’m going to walk you through how I took a Plain Jane chocolate biscotti recipe and gave it a big punch of wow. Before I do, I want you to know that this didn’t always come naturally to me. The simplicity of it clicked when my very successful professional cake decorator friend laughed about her menu. She said they had a white cake – and to make it into a spice cake she threw in some spices. To make it into lemon cake, she added lemon zest and a little juice. Orange spice cake? You guessed it – orange zest and spices.
Simple enough, right?
So, when I wanted to give my gluten-free, refined sugar-free biscotti a new level of wow, the first thing I did was decide if I wanted to add any flavors. I am a sucker for anything that’s orange and chocolate, so that was my first choice. Then, I decided to dip the cookies in chocolate. It’s an extra step but it adds a layer of interest and sophistication.
The final touch? I wanted to sprinkle something into the chocolate and since I already had orange and chocolate in the cookies, I opted for toasted walnuts. The cookie and the chocolate are sweet so I wanted to add a little contrast with the slight bitterness from walnuts.
The end result? A cookie that will steal the show. These are perfect for your holiday cookie tins – and everyone will be in awe of your cookie-baking prowess. Don’t take my word for it, though. Go ahead. Make this gluten-free biscotti.
Before you do though, let’s chat other flavor pairings for chocolate. Maybe you want something a little different than orange, chocolate and walnut? Here are some ideas for you:
Chocolate + Mint
Chocolate + Chai + Coconut
Chocolate + Chipotle Powder + Toasted Almonds
Chocolate + Espresso Powder + Toasted Pecans
Chocolate + Pistachio + Cranberries
Chocolate + Ginger + Almonds
Chocolate + Salted Peanuts
What’s your favorite chocolate flavor pairing?