Last Christmas, I made biscotti for the first time. It had always seemed so complicated and time consuming - baking cookies, and then baking them again. Maybe I'm just lazy... when I bake cookies, I don't want to wait forever to eat them. Haha!
These cookies are totally worth the wait though. Richly chocolate and oh so good! My only complaint is that the recipe doesn't make enough. You might want to double it. :)
Triple Chocolate Biscotti
1/2 c. salted butter, at room temperature
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c. almonds, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a double boiler, or heat-proof bowl set over boiling water, melt butter and 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Mix in vanilla. On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the almonds and remaining 1 cup chocolate chips. (*Note: dough will be soft) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a long, narrow log and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until the dough sets, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes and reduce oven temp to 275 degrees F. Cut log on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Place cut side down on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes. Turn cookies over and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container in order to maintain crispness, or better yet, enjoy with a tall glass of ice-cold milk!
I'm a firm believer that good design and good food go hand-in-hand. With a little bit of good design, our homes can become a place of peace - a refuge from the storms and beatings of everyday life - a place where we know everything will be ok. Pair that with delicious and wholesome food, and you've got yourself a little piece of heaven.