Josh's Double Chocolate Biscotti

Josh’s Double Chocolate Biscotti

bis·cot·ti

Definition of BISCOTTO: a crisp cookie or biscuit of Italian origin that is flavored usually with anise and filberts or almonds —usually used in plural
A good friend of ours baked our family these biscottis, and we enjoyed them so much, we asked him for the recipe. (So we could have some more!).  He very kindly sent the recipe to us, and he also suggested it as a Vittles post.  We thought it was a great idea!  It’s just not nice not to share, Italian cookies this good.
Recipe

Info:  Prep: 30 minutes     Bake: 35 minutes

Oven: 400 degrees F

Cool: 1 hour     Makes: about 48 cookies.

Or you can cut the recipe in half, for 24 cookies.

 

Participating Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups of sugar
  • ½ of a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of white chocolate pieces
  • ¼ cup milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate pieces

 

Step I. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 2 or more cookie sheets. Beat the softened butter with an electric mixer on medium/high speed for 45 seconds to a minute. Add sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs until combined. Beat in flour, “If you can’t beat in all the flour, just stir it in.” Stir in the chocolate pieces.

Step II. Divide the dough in fourths: shape into four loaves and put them on the cookie sheets, adjusting the thickness and length of them to fit in the cookie sheet but not bake into each other.

Step III. Bake for 23 to 28 minutes or until wood toothpicks inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool the loaves on cutting boards for 1 to 4 hours. (They slice easier if you let them cool longer and become more firm.)

** Right about here, we’re going to tell you; the next step is to put the cookies back in the oven to crisp them.   But every time we have made these cookies, they have never made it back into the oven!  They are delicious just as they are, without baking them again cut, to make them crunchy.  Maybe someday, we’ll be strong enough, to try them truly done!  In case you are strong enough, here’s the last step:

Step IV. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a serrated bread knife to cut each loaf into slices, you may cut them as thick or thin as you like. Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes, turn them over on their side, and bake them for another 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool, and enjoy!

Origin of BISCOTTO

Italian, biscuit, cookie, from (pane) biscotto, literally, bread baked twice  

First Known Use: 1946



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