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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

February 21, 2011

Biscotti is such a great gift and incredibly easy to make. This was another gift for my mom on her birthday along with these marshmallows. If you’re not familiar with biscotti, it’s like a cookie but very hard (like break a tooth hard). To eat it, it’s dipped in hot cocoa or coffee. It’s a decadent treat for breakfast or when you feel like indulging. While store-bought biscotti is pretty delicious, this homemade version is even better. After seeing how easy it was to bake Chocolate Almond Biscotti, I’ll be making my own from now on.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

So, how’s it taste?

Crunchy, chocolatey perfection. I almost decided to keep them for myself! I’m a big chocoholic so I really enjoyed the chocolate and the chocolate chips. The almonds I used were dry roasted and lightly salted with sea salt. The combination of sweet and salty was to die for. I would have liked a tad bit more of chocolate chips, but that’s my personal taste. I thought it was odd to use whole almonds, but I see how once you cut the biscotti, the presentation of the almonds is beautiful. It looked like something you’d buy in the store, but without the strange preservatives. Biscotti keeps for almost a week stored in an air-tight container. Or keep them in the freezer to enjoy them even longer.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Gale Gand for Food Network
makes 2 logs with 24 pieces

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 egg whites
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup whole almonds, toasted
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together eggs, egg whites, and vanilla extract. Gradually add egg mixture to flour mixture blending on low. Toss almonds with chocolate chips then add to flour mixture and blend just until combined.

2. On a well floured surface roll dough into 2 logs, 2 inches in diameter. Place on a greased sheet pan and brush with beaten egg. Bake at 350 degrees until light golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Allow logs to cool 15 minutes then cut into slices on the bias. Place slices on a greased sheet pan and bake in a 350 degree oven until toasted, about 15-20 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

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  • Shannon February 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh, I just found something to make for my MIL for her birthday!!! She would love this!! The whole almonds in this does make for a pretty presentation!

  • Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies February 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Mmm, I love making chocolate biscotti too. Yours looks like it came out absolutely perfect. I bet you were munching on this all day. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your biscotti up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

    • Leah February 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks! I’ll be sure link up and thanks for the invite!

  • amy March 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Biscotti are so easy to make and the homemade version are so delicious too! They are perfect for gift-giving. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March–the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn’ have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!

    Amy
    http://utry.it/2011/03/culinary-smackdown-battlecookies.html