Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Makes about 7 dozen.

Biscotti in Italian means “twice baked.” These cookies are called biscotti because they are baked once in a log shape, then sliced and baked again. They are crisp which makes them wonderful for dipping into tea, espresso, or sweet dessert wine.

There are now 3 varieties on my website—have fun trying each. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blanched almonds, 5 ounces
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened imported cocoa powder
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature well beaten with a fork
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast for about 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool. (See Note)
  3. In a large bowl combine nuts, flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs and oil. Mix with a large wooden spoon until the dough is combined. Dough will be a bit wet.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and continue working with your hands to form a smooth square.
  5. Divide dough in half. 
  6. Roll each piece of dough into two 14 x 1 inch smooth logs. Lightly flatten the tops of the logs and square the ends. Place the logs on an 18 x 13 inch heavy non-stick baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes. When done, the tops will be firm to the touch.
  7. Release the bottoms of the logs if needed with a metal spatula and place on a cutting board. Right away while the logs are still hot, cut them with a serrated bread knife into ¼ inch slices. Hold on to the log as you are slicing and apply a little pressure.  
  8. (Do not be discouraged if some biscotti crack, sometimes it is the kind of pressure you apply when cutting, sometimes it is how thin you cut them, and sometimes it is the cutting through the almonds that cause cracks.)
  9. Arrange the biscotti on the same baking sheet and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes. They will be crisp. 
  10. Cool on a wire rack. 

NOTE:

If you own a toaster oven you may prefer to toast the almonds in one.

If you do not have a heavy non-stick baking sheet, use a regular one but line it with wax paper.  

I am aware that most of us do not have a cool pantry. Storing the biscotti in the refrigerator is a good option.