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Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti

in Diana's Recipe Book

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Servings: 2 dozen biscotti
Biscotti have taken the cookie world by storm. Originally from the small town of Prato in Tuscany, Italy, biscotti (which literally means "twice cooked") have been transformed into cookies of every flavor, and we are all the luckier for this transformation. Ideal for dunking into coffee, tea or the more traditional vin santo (sweet wine), these nutty cookies contain little fat and few calories. Standing the cookies upright during their second baking ensures that they dry out evenly, giving them their characteristic crunchiness.

Your guests who love chocolate will appreciate these little goodies at your next tea.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup whole unblanched almonds, cut in halves
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 egg white, lightly beaten (for brushing tops of biscotti)

1). To measure flour accurately, lightly spoon flour into dry measure, without tapping, until cup is heaping; level off with blunt edge of knife. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, almonds, and chocolate chips.

2). In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and grated orange rind; stir into flour mixture until soft sticky dough forms. Transfer to lightly floured surface; form into smooth ball.

3). Divide dough in half, roll each into 12-inch (30 cm) long log. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet.

4). Brush tops with egg white; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 20 minutes.

5). Remove from oven and let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer each log to cutting board; cut diagonally into 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick slices.

6). Stand cookies upright on baking sheet; bake for 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden. Transfer to rack and let cool. (Biscotti can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)

To prevent crumbling when slicing the partially cooked log of dough, use a sharp chef's knife and cut with firm, decisive strokes.

Makes about 2 dozen biscotti cookies.

Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2003

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: August 18, 2003


Reviewer: ditta
Lovely looking-tasting biscuits. Finally an easy, not messy biscuit recipe! Great!

Reviewer: Ariela
Wonderful recipe, an easy hostess gift-or you could just keep them for yourself!

Reviewer: Giulia
Love this recipe! It's so easy and they are delicious!

Reviewer: Anna Maria
Great recipe! A joy to make and to eat!


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