Chocolate Biscotti


I'm a huge fan of biscotti and always thought it would be too difficult to make, but it's so easy! Here's a delicious recipe that earned a thumbs up from my family.

2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds
1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking liner. In a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips and almonds. 

Scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet and pat it into a flattened log about 13 inches long, 3 inches wide, and about 3/4" thick. Smooth out the top and sides using a wet spatula.  Bake for 25 minutes. 

Remove from oven. Spray with water, spritzing the sides and top. This will soften the crust just enough to make slicing easier. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Wait five minutes, then cut crosswise with a sharp knife, 1/2" slices. Place cookie slices on baking sheet standing up on edge. Bake for another 30-35 minutes, until biscotti feel very dry and crisp around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes approximately 26 cookies.
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