Biscotti Two Ways

To say life has been stressful these past few weeks would be an understatement. So when I found myself craving biscotti I was not too surprised. When life gets hectic there is nothing better than sitting down, or standing at the kitchen counter, and dipping biscotti into a cup of tea. Or if shit really hits the fan I dip them in wine – don’t judge!

And since I can never make up my mind, I went with two half batches of my favorite biscotti recipe – one chocolate and one cinnamon… and chocolate. I don’t believe a dessert is a dessert if it doesn’t include some chocolate. But the greatest thing about this recipe is that you can easily adapt it depending on your craving! I’ve done triple chocolate, cinnamon raisin, pumpkin spice…. You get the idea.

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Almond and Coconut Chocolate Biscotti
Ingredients:
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Ingredients:
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup dark chocolate chunks
½ cup cinnamon chips
1 tablespoon butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Once you have your ingredients squared away both recipes play out the same. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together your dry ingredients and mix-ins (chocolate chunks, almonds, coconut etc.) in a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough just comes together.

Turn the dough out on a floured surface and form into a flattened loaf – about an inch or so thick.

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Bake loaves for 20 minutes then let the loaves cool for at least 15 minutes. Do not skip the cooling step!

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Slice loaves at a diagonal into ½ inch slices using a serrated knife. If the loaves are not cool enough they will crumble as you cut them. And no one wants crumbly biscotti!

BiscottiArrange slices on a baking sheet and bake four minutes on each side. Let cool completely before eating.

Enjoy!

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