Amazing Cake Mix Biscotti To Try Right Now!

Amazing Cake Mix Biscotti To Try Right Now!

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Mark and I just returned from a glorious 14 day vacation to Italy.  It truly was the trip of a lifetime.  Florence, Rome, Tuscany with so many wonderful places in between!  One of the highlights of the trip?  An outdoor concert featuring Andrea Bocelli in his home town of Lajotica.  The concert was really outdoors in a huge field, but the sound, underneath the stars, in Italy?  Well I’m sure you get the idea.

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Another highlight of our trip was Cantucci Toscani – Italian Almond Biscotti!  We developed a real passion for these delicious little cookies.  Ok, it was close to obsession.  By the time we were ready to leave our last location, the beautiful Castello del Nero in Tavernelle val di Pesa – we were hooked!  They were bringing us two bowls at a time. 🙂

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I was determined I would have to learn to make biscotti when we returned home.  By the way, if you ever want to visit the most romantic and luxurious hotel spa in Tuscany, the Castello del Nero is it!  We would go back in a heartbeat!  An amazing facility, excellent staff and customer service and well the food makes you think you are in Heaven.  Yes, it’s that good.

cake mix italian almond biscotti, biscotti cookies, biscotti biscuits, almond biscotti cookies, cantuccini biscuitsI found several recipes for our Cake Mix Biscotti, including  one from Eataly.  But I haven’t made it yet.

Pie Lady Bakes is all about easy dessert recipes, and while whipping up the biscotti dough takes relatively little time, I wanted to see what would happen when I used a cake mix for the base of our Cake Mix Biscotti!

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How Do You Make Cake Mix Biscotti?
A yellow cake mix, plus delicious raw unsalted almonds, butter and vanilla.  Save a little time, enjoy the convenience of a cake mix and still have that exquisite crunchy vanilla flavour. And voila! Cake Mix Biscotti was born.
Delizioso!

Mixing up the ingredients, I found the dough to be a bit sticky.  I made sure my board and hands were well floured!  But these amazing Cake Mix Biscotti baked up like a dream, and my family raved about them at a recent Brunch we had together.  And they all went home with little bags of biscotti!  Of course I kept a few back for us!  So here is my Cake Mix Biscotti recipe just for you.  And if you don’t have time to print out the recipe right now, why not Pin It for later?

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Quick Cake Mix Biscotti
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
You won't believe this amazing Italian Almond Biscotti recipe is from a cake mix! An easy dessert recipe, and oh those rave reviews!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 18 oz Yellow Cake Mix 18 oz/432 gYellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds whole, raw
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl. Stir in sifted all purpose flour.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, margarine and vanilla extract.
  4. With an electric beater mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until the dough does not stick to the sides of the mixing bowl. It will look and feel like play dough!
  5. On a lightly floured board, divide dough into two halves.
  6. Roll each half into a log about 1" in diameter.
  7. Roll each log gently to the edge of the board and then continue rolling it onto a lightly sprayed 11” x 15” baking sheet.
  8. Flatten the top of each cookie log until it is about 3" wide.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove baking sheet from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
  11. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and do not turn off.
  12. Gently slide one cookie log onto the board that you rolled out the dough on.
  13. Using a serrated knife or better still an electric carving knife, slice each log across the width into 3/4" slices.
  14. Place cookies cut side down back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  15. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  16. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The crispy and hard crunch of a biscotti comes from double baking. In this recipe 20 minutes, slice and then bake another 10 minutes. These are so easy to make!

Nutrition Facts
Quick Cake Mix Biscotti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake.

Lemon and Blueberry recipes are really popular right now, and this Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is definitely a winner in the easy dessert recipe category!  And since it’s summer, it’s really too hot to get the oven going, even with air conditioning! 🙂

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So I’ve been doing some research into cheesecake recipes using a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker.    This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is adapted from a basic cheesecake recipe I found on This Old Gal.  This website also has some great tips on cooking with Crock Pots and Instant Pots.  I just made an amazing Mint Chocolate Cheesecake in my Instant Pot, so if you are wanting to try that as well, check it out!

In addition to your Crock Pot, you will need a 7″ spring form pan and some parchment paper.  It’s really important to fully grease your pan and that also includes the parchment paper.  That way your beautiful Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake will easily slide out.

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The results?  Well, you be the judge!  I’m pretty sure this is the only way I’m making a cooked cheesecake from now on.

Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 25 mins
 
This Crock Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is so creamy and delicious! It's definitely an easy dessert recipe! Your family will absolutely love it!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
Filling
  • 3 pkgs 8oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk (room temperature
  • 3/8 cup heavy cream 35% fat
  • 1/4 cup real blueberry jam or preserves
Garnish
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Lemon Peel
Instructions
Spring Form Pan
  1. Grease the pan really well, putting a circle of parchment paper along the bottom, and covering the outside bottom with foil
Crust
  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar together
  2. Press the mixture into the base of the 7" spring form pan, pushing it up the sides a bit around the base
  3. Chill while you are making the filling
Filling
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla with a hand mixer until creamy
  2. Add the eggs one at a time and beat lightly
  3. Add the cream, mixing it in by hand until it is blended
  4. Pour into the spring form pan
  5. Using a teaspoon drop the blueberry jam in spots across the top of the filling
  6. Pull a knife slowly through the top, creating a marble effect
Get the Crock Pot Ready
  1. Put 1" of water in the bottom of your crock pot
  2. place the trivet with handles (I use the one I got with my Instant Pot) inside and set the cheesecake on top
  3. Put two large sheets of paper towel over the top of the crock pot and set the lid on top
  4. Cook on High for 2 hours
  5. After 2 hours turn off heat and let the cheesecake sit inside the crock pot for 1 hour - do not remove the lid
  6. Remove the cheesecake from the crockpot, place it on a cooling rack and let it sit for 1 more hour
  7. Wrap the cheesecake in foil and refrigerate overnight
Garnish
  1. Place a generous spoonful of blueberry preserves in the centre
  2. Dress with fresh blueberries and lemon peel
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The actual cook time is 2 hours, the additional time is standing and cooling.