Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, brownies, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Continuing the breakfast theme for the month, we now venture into the realm of chocolaty goodness with these Chocolate Almond Biscotti.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

These taste like brownies… brownies that are firm enough to dip into coffee or hot chocolate or tea or your waiting mouth.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Almonds go wonderfully with chocolate–a lot of candy bars are proof of that–though they do complicate this recipe in one way. They get stuck on the knife blade when the biscotti are chopped apart.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

The good news is, the biscotti at still kind of soft then, so you can press them back together a bit–just don’t burn your fingers!

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

I can’t say I mind that some chocolate crumbles and almond bits are left on the cookie sheet, either. Oh darn. Can’t let those go to waste.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Do check out other biscotti featured on Bready or Not: Maple Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti and Snickerdoodle Biscotti.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

This new recipe was modified from the original at McCormick.

 

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Bready or Not: Chocolate Almond Biscotti

These easy-to-make biscotti taste like brownies! Almonds add a wonderful crunch and complementary flavor.

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, using short, careful bursts. Once it is melted, set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs followed by almond extract. Scrape in the melted chocolate. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, and add the almonds last.

Divide the dough in half. Drop each half onto the ready cookie sheet with lots of space between them. Use a spatula to shape them into logs roughly four inches across, eight inches long, and about an inch high.

Bake 35 minutes, until the logs spring back when gently touched.

Cool on stove top for 10 minutes. Use a sharp, serrated knife to chop the logs into 1/2-inch thick slices. The almonds will likely get stuck on the blade and cause the biscotti to crumble some; the biscotti is still somewhat soft, so try to wedge almonds back in and reshape the sticks. Do take care, as they are hot!

Place the slices upright, if they will stay, or lay them on their sides. Bake for another 20 minutes, flipping them halfway, if necessary.

Allow the biscotti to cool and dry out for several hours before placing them into sealed containers.

OM NOM NOM!

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