Chocolate biscotti reminds me of chocolate cookies I had as a kid, like Oreos and chocolate sugar cookies. I use a good amount of fair trade cocoa in this recipe, but you can probably go with a bit less and still get delicious results. Although you don’t need to add much to these, some nuts or chocolate chips make a great compliment to the crunchy, chocolaty goodness. Dunking in a cup of tea or coffee works too!
This recipe is almost identical to the Basic Biscotti recipe, except that I add cocoa. Another optional addition is a teaspoon of muscovado sugar for a bit more sweetness and a sugar crunch here and there.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup of honey (feel free to substitute your sweetener of choice)
- 8 tablespoons of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups of almond flour
- 1 cups of fair trade cocoa
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- chocolate or white chocolate chips (and/or nuts)
- 1 teaspoon of an unrefined sugar, such as muscovado (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (optional)
- Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a bowl, add the butter, honey, eggs, and vanilla, and beat until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix again until well blended.
- Mold the mixture into two balls of dough. Place each ball of dough
on oiled, buttered, or stick-free cookie sheet. Shape each ball
of dough into a low, flat log. It will expand and rise somewhat, so
account for a small amount of growth. Pack down the dough to remove air
pockets. Alternatively, you can pack the dough in a tart pan with the
dimensions you want your biscotti to have when finished.
- Bake the logs for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and
cake-like. Take the logs out of the oven and reduce the temperature to
275 degrees F.
- Cool the logs for about 10 minutes and then slice each log into
thin strips about 1/2 inch in thickness. Place the slices on their side
on the cookie sheet, and then bake for about 15 minutes, or until they
are fully crisped.