Almond Chocolate Biscotti

Almond Chocolate Biscotti created by oloschiavo

There's nothing better than a hot cup of joe and a crispy biscotti. Unless, of course, you're enjoying them at a cafe in Italy! :) I was always intimidated to make these, but found them to be a sinch to make and can't wait to try them again.

Ready In:
1hr 40mins
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ingredients

  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 14 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 large eggs

directions

  • Have all ingredients at room temp.
  • To toast almonds, heat oven to 300 degrees F, place single layer of almonds on sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes.
  • Watch carefully as nuts burn quickly.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Add almonds and stir to mix.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and extract at medium speed.
  • Add the eggs and beat until smooth- 2 minutes.
  • Using a large spoon, stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until just combined.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • With well floured hands (you will get sticky), shape the dough into a log 13 inches by 2 1/2 inches wide.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Transfer the log to the paper.
  • Gently flattern and reshape the log to 14 inches by 3 inches and 3/4 inches high.
  • Bake the log until it is dry and slightly firm to the touch- about 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven to a cooling rack.
  • Reduce oven temp to 275.
  • Allow the log to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully place log onto cutting surface and peel away parchment and put paper back on sheet.
  • With a serrated knife,'saw' the log into 3/4 inch slices- about 18.
  • Place the slices cut side down onto baking sheet.
  • Bake until dry and crisp 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely- 1 1/2 hours.
  • They will continue to harden as they cool.
  • They will store in an airtight container for one week.
  • Optional: Drizzle thin streams of melted chocolate onto one end of the cookies.
  • Mandatory: Dip prepared cookie into steaming hot coffee and enjoy!
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"There's nothing better than a hot cup of joe and a crispy biscotti. Unless, of course, you're enjoying them at a cafe in Italy! :) I was always intimidated to make these, but found them to be a sinch to make and can't wait to try them again."

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  1. DbKnadler
    In an effort to keep with a healthier lifestyle, I subbed whole wheat flour and cut it back to just 2 cups. I also subbed the butter for 3 tbs of ground flaxseed, and cut the sugar back to 3/4 of a cup. The result was terrific! The biscotti was crisp with just a hint of sweetness (which is how I prefer it). And I don't feel bad about indulging a bit. =)
  2. DbKnadler
    In an effort to keep with a healthier lifestyle, I subbed whole wheat flour and cut it back to just 2 cups. I also subbed the butter for 3 tbs of ground flaxseed, and cut the sugar back to 3/4 of a cup. The result was terrific! The biscotti was crisp with just a hint of sweetness (which is how I prefer it). And I don't feel bad about indulging a bit. =)
  3. sumashi
    cool, this was my first time making biscotti. i always thought it was hard to make, but i tried your recipe out and it came out pretty good! i upped the cocoa powder to 1/2cup and used walnuts instead. the only thing is that mine seems pretty dense inside, not airy like biscotti i've had outside. not sure if it's because i didn't use enough baking powder, but i'll definitely try this recipe again :)
  4. sumashi
    cool, this was my first time making biscotti. i always thought it was hard to make, but i tried your recipe out and it came out pretty good! i upped the cocoa powder to 1/2cup and used walnuts instead. the only thing is that mine seems pretty dense inside, not airy like biscotti i've had outside. not sure if it's because i didn't use enough baking powder, but i'll definitely try this recipe again :)
  5. Jasileet
    Really good and easy. Just needs to up the cocoa powder and possibly the sugar. Only mod I did was finely chop the almonds before adding, personal preference. Perfect Father's Day treat!
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