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February 6th, 2008 · Print Print

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What do you bring to a Superbowl if you’re not particularly interested in “football” foods?  Well, if you’re me, you bring Chocolate Almond Biscotti.

To me, the most fun thing about making biscotti is to hear the incredulous voices of your friends say, “you made this?”  Unlike other cookies, I think that people somehow assume that these are hard to make (they’re not).  Throughout the night, I kept hearing, “but you didn’t make the biscotti, did you?  Really!?!”  After an hour or two of that, my little ego was doing quite well, thank you very much.

I love making biscotti, in part because it’s such a hearty cookie.  Once you’ve eaten a piece or two, you don’t get that uncomfortable sugar rush that you get from regular cookies (maybe because of the nuts?), you just feel happy and satisfied.  And they might actually soak up a beer or two.  See?  Perfect Superbowl food.

That being said, you know what goes really well with Superbowl biscotti?  A big bag of cool ranch doritos.  Hey, it was the superbowl.  And holy cow, do I love doritos…

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for the almonds
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 ounces dark chocolate, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup raw unsalted almonds

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2. Chop almonds into small pieces.
3. In a saute pan, on medium heat, toast almond pieces in one tablespoon of olive oil for approximately 2 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar. Mix in the vanilla, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and eggs.
5. Add 1 cup of flour, then salt, and baking powder, then final 1/2 cup flour.
6. Mix the toasted nuts into the batter.
7. Divide dough in half. Form two logs on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
8. Bake for 35 minutes, or until logs are slightly golden. Remove from oven, cool for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 275 degrees.
9. Cut logs at a diagonal angle (approximately 30 degrees) into 3/4″ thick slices.
10. Lay cookies on their sides on parchment cookie sheet. Bake approximately 9 more minutes, cool, and serve.

Makes about 20-24 biscotti.


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Tags: desserts · food



29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Adele // Feb 6, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I’ve been looking for a new baking recipe to master. I rather like the look of this one. :)

  • 2 Michelle // Feb 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Only you would pair biscotti with Doritos. ;-)

    I just had a CRH flashback to us sitting in the pool lounge with massive amounts of junk food…

  • 3 Admitted Chocoholic // Feb 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Oh mamma that looks good!!!  Though I doubt I could muster up the courage to attempt it.  I have two left ladles in the kitchen!  What…ladles don’t come in right and left???  Doh!  That must be my problem!  :)

    Guess I’ll stick with this box of artisan chocolate truffles that just arrived from Chatham’s Fine Chocolates.  No baking, no mess, and no disappointment from guests when they realize just how badly I screwed up the recipe!!

  • 4 Cakespy // Feb 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Biscotti is SO GOOD when home-made. And why not with Doritos? Go Giants.

  • 5 katy // Feb 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Adele — Definitely try it!  I love biscotti so much, I could eat it for breakfast. :-)

    Michelle — Oh definitely.  I can’t believe there was once a time where I had no qualms about eating fried mozerella sticks, every single day.

    Chocolatic — Truffles sound great, too!

    Cakespy — I agree!

  • 6 Joy // Feb 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I love the use of olive oil in this recipe!  It’s definitely something I’m going to try.  Hazelnuts would be rockin too.

  • 7 MrsPresley // Feb 6, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    ha! that’s funny that you brought biscotti to a super bowl party… but hey, why not? :) i’ve actually never had biscotti before…always thought it should be eaten with coffee and i’m not a coffee drinker.

  • 8 White On Rice Couple // Feb 7, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Give us two espresso’s , six of your biscotti’s and we’ve got a breakfast of champions! Thanks!

  • 9 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Feb 7, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Ah Katy such a woman you are!  Biscotti for breakfast because yes the nuts save you from the sugar!  Um . . . and then we’re going for Doritos, bring it on!!
    Haven’t made chocolate, just almond.  They are my go to Christmas cookie for probably 20 years.

  • 10 katy // Feb 7, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Joy — Using olive oil makes it soooo much easier to mix the oil and sugar — I always have to use my hands when I make cookies with butter, and there are still lumps!  So that’s another biscotti advantage.

    Mrs Presley — It definitely doesn’t need to be eaten with coffee!  Sometimes it’s nice to dunk them in a liquid, but I like their crunchiness just plain!

    White on Rice Couple — Thanks!

    Tanna — Haha, I know (I promise I eat vegetables too)!  I think these are going to become my go-to Christmas cookie/bake sale contribution too. :-)

  • 11 Patricia Scarpin // Feb 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Oh, Katy, I gotta try my hand at biscotti soon, these look great!

  • 12 núria // Feb 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Lovely biscotti, they look so appealing to me! I would extend my hand through the screen and just grab one when you are not looking! ;-)

  • 13 núria // Feb 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Lovely biscotti, they look so appealing to me! I would extend my hand through the screen and just grab one when you are not looking! ;-)

  • 14 Ann // Feb 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Ooh… now I really want some biscotti!

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  • 16 katy // Feb 7, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Patricia — Thanks!

    Nuria — They were gone by the end of the superbowl, so maybe you DID manage to grab one! :-)

    Ann — I already want another batch. :-)

  • 17 emily // Feb 8, 2008 at 6:45 am

    im totally making these for my sweetheart on valentines day. ha.

    did you make these for mommy and dad a while back.  They said your biscottii were a-mazing.  have you tried ice cream with olive oil and salt yet?  I just bought a package of Maldon.  It’s quite great.  wait did you watch the superbowl??

  • 18 kate // Feb 8, 2008 at 8:02 am

    katy , i dont know of anyone who would not want to make to make these after seeing them. I have saved the recipe for later, but i know i will defi make these, they look so gr8 !!!

  • 19 Michelle // Feb 8, 2008 at 11:33 am

    There was something about the fried mozzarella at the Tuck Shop that made them irresistible.  How did we not graduate from Choate weighing 200 pounds? ;-)

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  • 21 Yvette // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I was looking for biscotti recipes using olive oil and discovered yours. I made them and wow…DELICIOUS !!!  I may drizzle a little icing over some of them ; leave the rest plain. Either way… so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • 22 Aran // Apr 23, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    These look wonderful.  I like photos of cookies on silpats… very nice!

  • 23 Tarah // Apr 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I looove biscotti. Perfect with coffee.

    And to be honest, I’ve never made them home made. One thing I’m afraid of making and it being a disaster.

    But, I think I should over come that fear because these look delicious!

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  • 26 Jen // Apr 5, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Oh, my gosh: this chocolate almond biscotti is the best ~ my attorney cannot live without it ~ I am making it so much, I could make it in my sleep…thank you, thank you!  I am even making biscotti for Easter gifts!  Magnifico!

  • 27 Jen // Apr 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Oh, my gosh: this chocolate almond biscotti is the best ~ my attorney cannot live without it (I am her secretary) ~ I am making it so much, I could make it in my sleep…thank you, thank you!  I am even making biscotti for Easter gifts!  Magnifico!

  • 28 dBourff2006 // Oct 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Found your web site by accident for the second time these days so I thought I might have a nearer appear. I’ve just began making my own website and modeling it after what you have done. I wish mine will probably be as successful as yours.

  • 29 nuha // Dec 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

    these look so yummy! I’m blogging about Biscotti’s today! xoxo

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