Have you baked biscotti before? The process of baking a log of dough first, then slicing it and baking the individual pieces again, is a special way to bake. Mocha biscotti finds its flavor pumped up with espresso powder and chocolate chips.
How to bake biscotti:
This mocha biscotti (or type of cookie) is just what its Italian translation of biscotti means: it is twice-baked. First you make a dough and shape it into a long, flattened log.
Bake this for a short while then you’ll slice the log into diagonal pieces, arrange them on the cookie sheet and put it all back into the oven for a second baking.
A satisfying crunchy cookie will result. We’ve baked all types this month and hope you’ll find a flavor combination to fit your taste.
All of this biscotti has me hungry for more Italian treats! Next on my list to try are these Italian Wedding Cookies from The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Don’t they look good!
The Creative Cookie Exchange
The #CreativeCookieExchange is sharing BISCOTTI recipes today. I had coffee and chocolate on my mind when looking for biscotti recipes and I had been munching on a sweet treat I found at Whole Foods– chocolate covered coffee beans. Yum.
I am not much of a coffee drinker but I do love the smell and flavor of coffee so baking with it is a natural fit.
If you can find chocolate covered coffee beans, add them in to this recipe, but if not, the addition of espresso powder and chocolate chips will create that mocha flavor profile.
Drizzle with some melted chocolate to finish and you’ll have a treat ideal to serve with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Biscotti make ideal gifts. Learn how to put together a DIY gift basket on this post to get heartfelt and homemade gifts. Gluten free nutella chocolate chip cookies make another great recipe to add to a gift. So does a box of simple chocolate fudge!
Recipe Source: Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
The source of this recipe is an Almond Biscotti recipe that I found in a recent America’s Test Kitchen publication called “Step by Step Holiday Baking”. The primary changes are the omission of ground almonds and the addition of the espresso powder and the chocolate in my version. Enjoy!
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 TB cocoa powder
- 1 tsp espresso powder plus 3 TB boiling water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 oz butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Stir the espresso powder and boiling water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, and cocoa powder in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk gently to combine. Set aside.
- Using a food processor, add the eggs and process for 2-3 minutes or until they lighten in color and double in size. Slowly add the sugar to the eggs (keep the processor running) then add the melted butter, vanilla, and espresso. Scoop the mixture back into the bowl that contains the flour mixture. Fold to combine then add the chocolate chips and coffee beans (optional).
- Shape the dough into two long rectangles, measuring approximately 8 inches by 3 inches. Place them on the baking sheet. Spray with baking spray.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest on the baking sheet for 30 minutes. Gently slide the loaves to a cutting board and cut with a serrated knife on the diagonal in 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices with the newly cut side down back on the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, turning the slices to the opposite cut side halfway through. Cool on a wire rack.
- Optional finish: melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, put the melted chocolate in a small Ziploc bag. Cut a hole at one of the corners then drizzle the chocolate over the cooled biscotti.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.