Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Yes more cookies...

Most biscotti, although I love it, is bland and crumbly and needs to be eaten with coffee. This biscotti is different. It's decadently rich and chocolaty. There's a generous amount of cocoa in the cookie and it's studded with chocolate chips. This is no subtle cookie. It screams out chocolate. The walnuts deliciously cut through the chocolate so they aren't too sweet or overbearing. These biscotti are rich enough that just one or two will do so you don't have to worry about eating the entire batch and then having to bake more before Christmas. And really although they don't need it, they're great with a cup of coffee..
Oh yeah, and we got the tree up!

Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
from Bon Appetit

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 stick (6 Tbsp) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup walnuts
3/4 semisweet chocolate chips
1Tbsp confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter and flour a large baking sheet.

In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined well. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

On prepared baking sheet with floured hands form dough into two slightly flattened logs, each 12 inches long and 2 inches wide, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Bake logs 35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool biscotti on baking sheet 5 minutes.
On a cutting board cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4-inch slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool biscotti on a rack.


Bellini Valli said...

Love the biscotti with doubnle chocolate, love the tree. I am taken with the upside down tress these days. More room for gifts below...wink..wink...

Mary said...

Bellini- I had never heard of upside down trees before! We'll be at my mom's house for Christmas and that means 12 adults and 4 kids will have presents under the tree. Maybe I should suggest the upside down tree to her!