Friday, April 13, 2012

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

This is another baked good I'd never tried before, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm here to tell you biscotti are super easy to make. If you're a coffee drinker you should think of making them a regular part of your repertoire. First of all, this is another recipe that doesn't require butter. The cookies are very crunchy and hold up well to dunking. They'll also stay good for 2 weeks or more without a problem, which is good because the recipe makes a lot. They're extra good dipped in more chocolate. The raw dough is also very tasty. It addition to the nuts, there are chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the dough. Jeremy liked it so much he requested I create an ice cream cake based around it.
I did an egg wash on these, but I don't think it's necessary. It just gives them a pretty gloss around the edges. Nerdy fact: the word biscotti comes from a Latin word meaning "twice-baked". The basic technique is to make a long loaf, bake, slice on a diagonal, and bake again. The only tricky part about these is you'll want to check them often toward the end of the second baking time because the dough is dark, it's hard to tell when they're browning around the edge. I came close to burning quite a few. Luckily even the semi-burnt ones tasted good.

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
Yields 45 or more biscotti, depending on how thick you slice them
Cooking Time: Approx. 90 minutes (30 active)
Barely adapted from this recipe by David Lebovitz 


2 cups (280g) flour
3/4 cups (75g) top-quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (200g) sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup (125g) walnuts (or almonds or pecans), toasted and very coarsely-chopped
3/4 cups (120g) chocolate chips

For the glaze (optional)

1 large egg
2 tablespoons coarse or crystal sugar


1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line two cookie sheets with baking mats or parchment.

2. In one bowl, sift together the first four dry ingredients.

3. In another bowl, beat together the next four ingredients (sugar plus wet ingredients).

4. Gradually stir the dry into the wet. Then mix in the walnuts and chocolate chips.

5. Flour your hands and you work surface. Divide the dough in two.

6. Form two flattened logs the length of your baking sheet and approximately 4 inches across.

7. Beat the egg for the glaze and brush the tops of the logs. You'll have egg left over. Sprinkle the coarse sugar over the top of the wash.

8. Bake the logs for 25 minutes until the tops feel firm to the touch. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.

9. Slice the logs on a diagonal and place biscotti on sheets cut side down.

10. Bake 15 to 25 minutes until the cookies feel mostly firm. (My biscotti were blackening around the edge before 25 minutes, so keep an eye on them.)

11. Cool completely and store.


  1. These look very delicious. I imagine they'd be great with Nutella or mixed in with fro-yo.

    1. There aren't too many things that Nutella doesn't make better. I dipped most of mine in dark chocolate and let the chocolate set. Then when you dunk the biscotti, the chocolate gets all melty. Deeeeelicious!