Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs 4 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 30 cookies (2 1/2 dozen)

Description

Bake these nut- and chocolate-studded biscuits twice to make them crunchy enough for dunking in your favorite hot drink. These Chocolate Almond Biscotti make great gifts and ship beautifully for those long-distance friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease 1 large or 2 small baking sheet(s).

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract and almond extract until crumbly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.

SHAPE dough with floured hands into two 9 x 3-inch logs on prepared baking sheet(s).

BAKE for 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of each log comes out clean. Cool on baking sheets for 15 minutes. Slide logs onto cutting board and cut diagonally into 3/4-inch slices. Return to baking sheet(s) cut side down. Bake turning biscotti over halfway through, for 20 minutes or until dry. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

LINE baking sheet(s) with waxed paper.

DIP biscotti halfway into Chocolate Coating; shake off excess. Place on prepared baking sheet(s). Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in airtight containers in cool place or in refrigerator.

FOR CHOCOLATE COATING:
MICROWAVE
remaining 1 cup morsels and 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth.

Okey Dokey

by A. Antoinette , NORFOLK, VA on Jul. 2009

Talk about putting a new spin on the old. What an ingenious way to turn an old recipe to new. The kids will love it and so will you.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

by R. RUTH , Ocala, FL on Apr. 2009

Better make a double batch because they disappear as fast as you make them. Really simple to make. The only problem is "you can't eat just one".

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

by S. Stephanie , Batavia, NY on Jan. 2009

Delicious! Relatively easy to make. I eliminated the almonds and they were great - a big hit at my Christmas Cookie Swap. I use a silicone mat for easier removal.

Easy and Delicious!

by T. TAMMY , Manteca, CA on May. 2008

This is a great recipe that makes delicious biscotti! You can do so much with whatever you feel like drizzling over the top of these - it's great no matter what you top it with!!! It's also extremely good dipped in hot chocolate...YUM!!

Who would have thought!

by B. Billie , BROKEN ARROW, OK on Sep. 2007

Who would have thought something so easy could be so good! I love this biscotti recipe! My husband and I moved from Washington state about 8 years age and we have not found a lot of Biscotti's in Oklahoma. When I found this recipe thought I would give it a try to see how easy it would be. Easy and delicious! Dip one end in white chocolate chips melted and the other in melted Andes candies chips melted, WOW! What a treat! Next time I will dip them in either peanut butter chips or health bar chips! Can't wait to try it!

Excellent & Easy!!

by t. tricia , CAMARILLO, CA on Aug. 2007

I absolutely love biscotti and my grandmother is Italian and used to make them all the time, now I get to enjoy making them for others and myself.

Choc almond biscotti. Wow!!!

by L. Laurayne , LINCOLN, NE on Mar. 2007

I have made biscotti quite a few times and this is the best. I love it and my husband as well. I took it to work and got raves for it.

A Great Biscotti!

by D. Donna , Birmingham, AL on Jan. 2007

This is an excellent recipe. Makes a wonderful biscotti. Chocolate has a lot to do with it being wonderful!

wonderful recipe!

by S. Sally , PETOSKEY, MI on May. 2006

This was the first time I made biscoti. After I made them I looked back on the recipe & it was classified as "challening". I didn't find it that way at all. They were easy & wonderful! I will make them often.

Easy

by D. DEBORAH , CEDAR FALLS, IA on Mar. 2006

This recipe was the first time I have ever made biscotti. It was much easier than I thought and they tasted great! I will make this often.