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Mother's Day Gift
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Mother's Day Gift

Make a homemade Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day Gift

Cinnamon-Orange Biscotti and Gift Bag

To make the biscotti you will need;
1/2-cup butter, softened
1-cup white granulated sugar
1-tablespoon grated orange zest
1-teaspoon orange extract
3-cups all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon baking soda
1/2-teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8-teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease and lightly flour a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs, orange zest, and orange extract; beat until smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir until soft dough forms. Divide this dough in half, and with lightly floured hands, form this dough into two loaves 2-1/2 x 10 inches. Place the loaves on the greased and lightly floured baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until the loaves are lightly browned; cool for 10 minutes.

When cooled, cut loaves diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Place these slices on an ungreased baking sheet, return to the 375 degree oven and bake for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn slices over and bake 6 or 7 minutes more or until lightly browned. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely. Store in a covered container.

Makes about 2-1/2 dozen biscotti cookies.

Making the Mother's Day Gift Bag; for each bag, you will need a medium sized gift bag with handles, colored paper for banner, 1-1/8 yds of 1-1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, 22 inches of 2 inch wide sheer ribbon, black felt tip pen with fine point, floral wire, tissue paper to line the bag, hot glue gun and glue sticks, teapot decal or a scrapbooking cutout of a teaspot ( Michael's has these and so does Hobby Lobby).

Make the banner and with the felt tip pen write the Happy Mother's Day!, glue to the bag. Add the decal or scrapbook cutout to the bag. Form a bow with the grosgrain ribbon, secure with the floral wire. Tie the sheer ribbon to the handle and then add the grosgrain bow. Trim any ends. Line the bag with the tissue paper.