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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

~Chocolate Biscotti~

These Chocolate Biscotti make an excellent gift and are easy to make!!

Chocolate Biscotti

Serves makes approx. 3 dozen

1 cup sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp kosher salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sliced almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a heavy bottomed baking tray with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl or electric mixer, cream the sugar and room temperature butter....and, once the butter and sugar are well creamed, mix in the eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Use a separate bowl to combine the all-purpose flour with the sifted cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. (It's important to sift the cocoa powder to get rid of the lumps.) Turn the mixer back on and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients….. Then all that's left is to add the sliced almonds and turn the machine off once they're mixed in. Dampen your hands with a little water and shape the biscotti dough into 2 equal sized logs and place them lengthwise on the sheet tray. Then place the tray on the center rack of the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes to bake the first time. (You might want to spin them around once while they're in the oven.) Then pull them out, let them cool for 10 minutes or so, then take them off of the sheet tray and slice them into cookies about 3/4-inch thick. Put them back on the sheet tray, flat side down, and back into the oven for another 20 minutes or so and they’re ready to go.

Flip the biscotti over once during the second time in the oven to evenly cook them. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


Blogger Chuck said...

My sister makes the best Biscotti, BUT... she has never made Chocolate Biscotti... but she's gonna! Sounds Great.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

Chuck, let me know how they turn out. They are good to keep in the glove box for snacks but they also double as a weapon, oh yea!

12:54 PM  

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