Tag: Christmas Cookies

Grandma’s Cracked Sugar Cookies

Grandma’s Cracked Sugar Cookies

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After School Snack Ideas

After School Snack Ideas

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Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

I’m a huge fan of biscotti and always thought it would be too difficult to make, but it’s so easy! This recipe for Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds is delicious and earned a thumbs up from my family. Perfect for a Holiday Cookie Tray, a Christmas Tea Party, or just as a simple dessert after a yummy meal. 

Serving Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

You may have seen or tried biscotti at a restaurant or coffee shop as this Italian cookie pairs wonderfully with coffee. If you’re not familiar with this type of cookie, it is basically a dry, crunchy cookie that has been formed into an oblong shape and baked twice. Don’t let the double bake scare you, though, as they are really easy to make. See my other Biscotti Recipes Here. 

(Recipe slightly modified on 12/30/21)

 

Ingredients for Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

  • all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter, at room temperature
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar

 

A Few Notes About Ingredients

Hershey's Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

I like to use a dark cocoa for this recipe such as Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. Also, use a good quality brand of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, such as Hershey’s or Nestle Toll House. I like to use mini chocolate chips for this recipe, and I have not been able to find Ghirardelli in the minis. It’s also pretty easy to find these name brands on sale during the holidays so it won’t hurt your budget too much!

Use real butter, large eggs, and real vanilla extract. If you’re going to bake wonderful goodies for your loved ones, you may as well use the best ingredients that you can.

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In a small bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking cocoa, baking soda and salt.

Using a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips and sliced almonds.

 

The First Bake

Form the Dough into a Log

Scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet and pat it into a flattened log about 13 inches long, 3 inches wide, and about 3/4″ thick. Smooth out the top and sides using a spatula.

I like to use an offset spatula dipped in water for this task, as it allows me to shape the log into a nicely even, flattened surface. 

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes on a middle rack.

 

The Second Bake

Remove from oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Spray the cookie log with water, spritzing the sides and top. A little spray bottle works well for this job. The spray of water will soften the crust just enough to make slicing easier.

Wait five minutes, then carefully transfer the cookie log to a cutting board. I use two metal spatulas for this job, one on each end, so as not to break the log.

Slicing the Biscotti Log

Using a sharp knife, cut crosswise with knife making 1/2″ slices.

I like to use my Santoku knife to make the slices. A sharp bench scraper might also work well. 

Ready for Second Bake

Place cookie slices on the baking sheet standing up on edge.

I have seen recipes where you lay the cookies flat on the baking sheet. I prefer to stand them up on end so that both sides brown evenly. They are thick enough that they will stand without falling, so no worries there. 

Bake for another 30-35 minutes, until the biscotti feel very dry and crisp around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Dust with powdered sugar.

This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.

Storing Baked Biscotti

I’ve found that biscotti stores very well. You may store cookies in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 weeks. Of course, they will probably not last that long!

Serving Chocolate Biscotti at a Tea Party with other Cookies

Serve Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds at a tea party or with your next cup of coffee!

See more Cookie Recipes Here. Browse more Holiday Baking Ideas Here. See more Italian Recipes Here. 

 

Recipe for Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

Double Chocolate Biscotti with Almonds

I'm a huge fan of biscotti and always thought it would be too difficult to make, but it's so easy! Here's a delicious recipe that earned a "double" thumbs up from my family.
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Holiday Baking, Miniature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Sliced Almonds
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 15

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips and sliced almonds.

The First Bake:

  • Scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet and pat it into a flattened log about 13 inches long, 3 inches wide, and about 3/4" thick. Smooth out the top and sides using an offset spatula dipped in water.
    Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

The Second Bake:

  • Remove from oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
    Spray the cookie log with water, spritzing the sides and top. This will soften the crust just enough to make slicing easier.
  • Wait five minutes, then carefully transfer the cookie log to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut crosswise with knife making 1/2" slices.
  • Place cookie slices on baking sheet standing up on edge.
  • Bake for another 30-35 minutes, until biscotti feel very dry and crisp around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Makes approximately 24 cookies.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
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