Biscotti are one of those recipes that look super impressive to anyone who’s never made them. It’s kind of like chocolate bark or meringues. All super easy recipes but not that common. So when I bring a batch of biscotti to work I get a lot of ooh’s and ash’s even though they took me less than an hour to put together and I was watching re-runs of Judge Judy the whole time. You can imagine how thrilled I get when I figure out a way to make it even easier.
The best part about biscotti are the mix-ins. Pistachio, chocolate, lemon or hazelnuts…there are so many options. The trick is to find the right balance of flavors between sweet, crunchy and unexpected. I tried something new for my biscotti mix-ins this time and it came out great. If you know me, you know that I love Trader Joe’s. It’s filled with fun products, new ideas and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods!). One of the products I like to get for work are trail mixes and they have a whole bunch to choose from. I was shopping for mix-in’s so I started grabbing a bag of dried cranberries, a bags of pistachios, some seeds and then it clicked when I saw the trail mix section. Why not use pre-made trail mix for my biscotti? 1- it’s easier 2- it’s cheaper 3- it works!
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need for biscotti. Not a ton and I usually have them all on hand. You gotta love old recipes.
And here is the star ingredient. For this round I used the Omega Trek Mix. It’s got cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans and walnuts. I added extra almonds because I love more crunch but looking back I could have skipped them. Whatever ratio of mix-in’s you want to go for, make sure to keep at 2 cups total….