Chocolate and Walnut Biscotti dipped in White Chocolate

 

 

These Chocolate and Walnut Biscotti make a great sweet treat for dunking in your favorite cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa. They also make great holiday gifts to share with family and friends.

 

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Hope you all had a great and productive weekend :)

Like most of you, I’ve been working hard to cross-off my holiday to-do list trying to finish up some handmade crafts as well as baking up a storm for gifts and a few holiday parties we have coming up.

 

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Even though the holidays are a busy time, I look forward to getting to spend time with some dear friends and family that I do not get to see very often. One of my very close friends adores biscotti so I made two different batches of her favorite kind.

I have fond memories of biscotti growing up. My parents used to live beside a wonderful family who would always bring us a big tin with a variety biscotti every Christmas. I looked forward to dunking these in my hot chocolate around that time every year until we moved away.

 

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These indulgent biscotti are chocolatey without being overly sweet The dough contains a mix of toasted walnuts and mini chocolate chips for a light crunch.

The original recipe used espresso powder but I opted to use a mix of unsweetened cooca and dutch processed cocoa to add depth and roundness to their rich flavor. They are lightly dusted with some sugar and dipped lengthwise into melted white chocolate.

 

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Biscotti make great holiday gifts since they can be made ahead of time and you can even put away a stash in the freezer to enjoy for later.

 

The dough is easy to work with and you can easily use any add-ins you desire.

 

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Make a batch of these dunk-able treats while cranking up the Christmas tunes and wrap some up for your family and friends to enjoy :)

 

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti dipped in White Chocolate

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 2 dozen biscotti

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder (I used Varlhona)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • *Optional
  • Sanding sugar (or granulated) for sprinkling
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) white chocolate chips, melted for coating

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powders, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar in the stand mixer bowl or large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until pale.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and stir n the dry ingredients in 3 additions, mixing only until a dough forms. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Fold in the chopped nuts and chocolate chips stirring until just combined.
  7. Transfer the dough out onto a work surface and knead in any dry ingredients that might have escaped mixing.
  8. Divide the dough in half and shape each piece into rectangular logs.
  9. Flatten both logs with the palm of your hand, so that they are 1/2 to 1 inch high and about 2 and 1/2 inches across depending on your preference.
  10. Carefully lift the logs onto the baking sheet. IMG_0006.jpg
  11. Sprinkle each log with some sanding or granulated sugar.
  12. Bake the logs for about 20-25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through, until they are just slightly firm. The logs will spread and crack. IMG_0018.jpg
  13. Transfer baking sheets to a wire rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes before slicing.
  14. Cut each log diagonally into slices between 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick using a long serrated knife.
  15. Place cut pieces back onto the baking sheet and bake for another 8-10 minutes.
  16. Cool biscotti to room temperature before dipping..
  17. In a microwave safe flat bottomed bowl large enough to fit biscotti lengthwise, add the 2 cups of white chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between until almost melted. Stir again until fully mixed.
  18. Dip the biscotti slices, shake off excess chocolate, and place the slices onto a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper to dry.
  19. Serve with coffee, black tea, or a large glass of milk.
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Slightly Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Comments

  1. I love these so much there are super pretty and would make a wonderful foodie gift for someone any time of the year. I love Biscotti with a nice cup of coffee but have never tried making it before. You make it look so effortless that it has given me the courage to give it a go sometime. Thanks for sharing another great recipe, hope you have a great week and good luck with getting through your list of things to do, I know how it feels to have a never ending list of things to do!

    • Thanks so much Emma :) Hope you do try making biscotti at home, I know yours would turn out great! It is actually quite easy and will be a breeze for you :) Aaw, thank you, hope you have a wonderful week too and are able to shorten your holiday to-do list:)

  2. I adore biscotti and I’m planning to make a batch for my Christmas party to go with dessert & coffee. My extended family is actually not huge on dessert (some of them anyway and what a shame) but biscotti always goes down well with coffee or any hot drink. I’m a fan of many variations and this chocolate version has me drooling. I love the sound of the 2 kinds of cocoa you used. This is a great holiday biscotti.

    • All of your desserts always have me “drooling” and I’m sure everything will be a big hit at your Christmas party :) Aaw, thanks Monica, hope you have a wonderful week!xo

  3. Love your idea of giving biscotti for Christmas gifts! Most years we have done cookies but this year we were thinking of changing it up! And these biscotti sound fabulous-the walnuts up the crunch factor and the two types of chocolate and chocolate chips and white chocolate topping are making my mouth water! Now…how do I get on your list of friends you mail these to? ;)
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com recently posted…Marvelous Chocolate Cake!

    • Biscotti are great for Christmas gifts since they can be made ahead of time and are actually really easy. Hahaha, aaw, you’re too cute and sweet Shashi, I would love to send you some, you’re always welcome on my list my sweet marvelous friend:)

  4. What a great idea for holiday treats! I love that you dunked your biscotti in hot chocolate – I would probably do the same since I don’t drink coffee. :)

  5. I adore biscotti, and also make them for a friend (and myself!) every year — they’re definitely on my to-do list in the coming weeks! Yours look so delicious with plenty of chocolate! Chocolate dipped biscotti are my favorite kind. :)

  6. I love making biscotti during the holidays because not only is it delicious, but it also holds up so well when packaged up. Looks so good, I would love to dunk one into my hot chocolate this morning!

  7. Chocolate on top of chocolate! I love how you added walnuts to the batter and your biscotti is so long I tried to get long biscotti but I just can’t.. I love how you dipped them in chocolate what a great way to add more flavor to your hot chocolate.. Hope your having a great week Kelly :)

    • You’re too sweet, thanks so much Shundara! I actually usually prefer my biscotti shorter but my friend likes the longer ones to dunk in her tall mugs so I made them longer for her hehe :) Hope you have a wonderful week too :)

  8. I love making biscotti at home! Every Christmas I make a big batch to give my grandma – I always make her maple pecan (her favorite) and then something new. I’ve never made a chocolate version before – this may need to happen soon!

    • That’s so sweet of you to make your grandma her favorite batch as well as something new every Christmas :) Your maple pecan biscotti sounds incredible!

  9. This would make my afternoon tea even more magical with dipping these cookies in it. What a great holiday treat, thinking I will make a few batches of these to give to friends. Thanks Kelly!

  10. Biscottis have been on my baking list ever since I started baking a year ago now, though I haven’t got round to make them yet :–( I think I’ll try your version soon, as they look beyond beautiful and ultra chocolaty (which means awesome aha). They’d make such lovely gifts, wouldn’t they?
    I hope you enjoy your week, dear! xo
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs recently posted…Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac and Cheese

    • Aaw, thanks so much Consuelo, they are actually really easy and I know your biscotti would be incredible :) Hope you have a wonderful week too sweetie! xo

  11. I was just looking for a good chocolate biscotti recipe today and this one looks perfect, Kelly! I love using espresso powder to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. I hope that you had a fabulous weekend!
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

    • Thanks so much Ashley, I had a great weekend, they always seem to fly by so fast though hehe. Hope you had an awesome weekend at your classes and got some holiday shopping done:)

  12. It’s great to be able to bake when you have such long holiday to-do lists and your neighbours sound wonderful! I’d love some of this biscotti right now, I’m missing my kitchen.

  13. Biscottis are one of my favorite cookies to make during the holidays. So festive! I can’t wait to give your recipe a try. They look gorgeous.

  14. These look great Kelly! And they would make wonderful holiday gifts for family, friends and neighbors! I love to dunk these in a hot beverage –coffee sounds really good with these. Pinned. :) Have a great week, dear friend!

  15. The dipped chocolate part is always my favourite!

  16. Oooooooo! I LOVE biscotti! And what a great idea to give as gifts! I’ve never made this flavor combo before, so I’m definitely trying it. I would love to see pictures of the crafts you’re doing! I love crafting at Christmas too! It’s so much more personal. As far as this recipe? I’m pinning it! Have a great week!
    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen recently posted…Crab & Artichoke Dip

    • Thanks so much Kristi :) Hehe, I’m sure your crafts are so much more prettier, I’m just crocheting a few hats and scarves :) Thanks so much for pinning and hope you have a fantastic week!

  17. Chocoalate biscotti? OOOOOO I love!! And I love that you dipped them in white chocolate. So delicious my dear!!

  18. Oh, I love biscotti! Love all of the chocolate that is packed into these!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Eggnog Streusel Bread

  19. I need these biscotti in my life! I always have at least 1 kind of biscotti in my batch of cookies that I hand out to family and friends. These look so so yummy. :)

  20. Glorious christmas bites….
    this nutty biscotti made me missed my home and christmas morning even more!

  21. Kelly, I love these as a gift! They are a really cute twist on the chocolate covered pretzel sticks my family always gets at Christmas. I love the idea of contrasting with white chocolate! Thanks for even more yummy delights!
    Chastity @ My Rays of Sunshine recently posted…Naughty or Nice?

  22. You’re right — biscotti make perfect Christmas gifts! They feel like a special treat, but they also keep for a long time because the moisture content is so low. I like that yours are so perfectly chocolately, and the white chocolate is beautiful on these.

    I’m thinking of making some biscotti this year for my dad. When I was really little, I accidentally ate a Starbucks biscotti that I was supposed to share with my dad. I still feel bad about that, so I figured I can make up for it by baking him a big batch of biscotti this year! I’m sure he would love your version : )
    Jamie@Milk ‘n’ Cookies recently posted…Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting

    • Thanks Jamie, biscotti always reminds me of the holidays since we used to get a batch from our neighbor when I was growing up.
      Aww hehe, I don’t think your dad minded that you ate the Starbucks one you were supposed to share with him but I’m sure he would love to get a batch of biscotti or anything made by you :)

  23. These are beautiful Kelly! I love adding a little espresso/coffee with chocolate – it adds nice depth to the chocolate in baked goods. My mom used to make almond biscotti over the holidays – always a treat!

  24. This is a perfect little treat to give to family and friends, Kelly! I’ve never made biscotti before but I think I should give it a try one day! Pinned.

  25. These biscotti look marvelous! And I love that you added a white chocolate glaze…yum!

  26. Hi Kelly,

    Your double-chocolate biscotti looks yummy… No doubt that the recipients of your delicious biscotti must be very happy!

    Zoe

  27. These look and sound delicious Kelly! I love that you can enjoy them with your coffee…and then pack up the rest as a gift! Thank you for sharing them!

  28. Love this biscotti! Adding walnuts is a great idea!

  29. What a wonderful biscotti Kelly. Makes a perfect Christmas gift. It’s been years since I’ve made biscotti. Love that you dipped them in white chocolate. Yum!

  30. wow….we loved these cookies…made a batch yesterday and got finished till the last crumb by everyone at home…the white chocolate dip makes this treat beyond scrumptious…thanks for sharing this wonderful treat :-)

  31. I love biscotti and yours look SO good. I’ve actually never made biscotti, but I think you’ve inspired me to try making some today!!!

    • Thanks Amy, they are actually really easy to make then most people think :) Hope you do get to try making biscotti some day and have a wonderful weekend :)

  32. Yes, biscotti is my top priority of the Season. Yours look fantastic :) ela

  33. I’ve only had biscotti from the store or bakeries, which are not fresh out of the oven at all, and I’d love to try making from scratch!! Love the white chocolate coating – so chrismassy! :)

  34. My in-laws love coffee. They like to dip bread and cookies in the coffee. I am sure they would love these chocolate biscotti. Oh yum!
    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness recently posted…European Hot Chocolate

  35. These sound amazing! A great treat for the holidays :-)

  36. Thank you for sharing your childhood story, neighbors are interesting to have, especially when it comes to foods & pets! I remembered eating the biscotti when I was a kid, too, but not anymore since it’s very hard to find vegan versions. However, it is possible to make them! Happy Holidays and good luck with your Xmas shopping! :)

  37. Kelly, your chocolate and walnut biscotti look magnificent! Love that you dipped them in white chocolate making them even more scrumptious! Guess what I am baking first thing tomorrow morning? Biscotti! I make several flavor combos each Christmas holiday. It just isn’t Christmas without Biscotti at our house. ;) Thanks for sharing, girl. I will be pinning, for sure!

    • Aaw, thanks so much Stacy :) I can only imagine how incredible your biscotti look and taste, whoever gets a taste or receives them as a gift is very lucky :) Thanks for the pin girl and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

  38. Yeah, for biscotti! Loving that you made these chocolate and added the walnuts for some crunch. :) These sound perfect with a big cup of coffee right now. :)

  39. I am such a biscotti fan….and the fact that these are chocolate dipped makes them that much better! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!!

  40. Biscotti is one of those things I think about making but have never tried. These look fabulous, and I wouldn’t mind getting a little bag of them myself :)

    • Biscotti are easier to make than it looks, you should definitely try when you have a chance :) You’re so sweet, thanks so much Tiffany, I would love to share :)

  41. Kelly, I’ve never tried making biscotti before…now you’ve totally motivated me to do so. Sharing on G+ and pinning. (=
    Gloria // Simply Gloria recently posted…Tortellini Cheddar Cheese Soup

    • You can definitely make biscotti, it’s easier than it looks and I know you’ll rock it girl since all your other treats are amazing :) Aaw, thanks so much for sharing too sweetie :) Hope you have a great week!

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