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Irresistible Chocolate Almond Biscotti Recipe

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Indulge in an irresistible Italian treat with this homemade Chocolate and Almond Biscotti recipe. It is simple to make and utterly delicious, with a harmony of flavors and textures, from rich chocolate to crunchy almonds.

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Dip the ends in melted chocolate and sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt for extra indulgence. It’s utterly divine!

Add Italian coffee… or your favorite tea, and put your feet up. You’re in for a treat!

Homemade biscotti is easier to make than you think! Our Lemon Biscotti recipe has always been a favorite with our readers. I’m sure this Chocolate Almond Biscotti will be too.

The best news is you don’t have to buy one at your favorite coffee house or in bulk at the supermarket– biscotti is fun and easy to make in your own kitchen. Plus… they make fabulous gifts!

Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto! (Italian translation: Eat well, laugh often, love much).

Top view of coffee station with Chocolate Almond Biscotti in a woven tray.

What is Biscotti?

Biscotti are authentic Italian almond cookies that can vary in ingredients and textures. They are baked twice, which gives them their signature hard and crunchy texture. Biscotti are traditionally enjoyed by dipping them in a warm drink before eating.  

What Does the Italian Word “Biscotti” Mean?

The word “biscotto” in modern Italian refers to a biscuit (or cookie) of any kind and is derived from the medieval Latin word “biscotti,” meaning ‘twice-cooked.’

Biscotti is a twice-baked treat, dry to the touch, that can be stored for a lengthy time.

Biscotti Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour: All-purpose flour gives this biscotti its structure
  • Sugar: White sugar sweetens the cookies with just the right amount.  
  • Butter: For flavor, biscotti is utterly delicious with its buttery crumb.  
  • Eggs: Eggs add moisture and help bind the biscotti dough together. 
  • Vanilla extract: Flavor this homemade biscotti with vanilla extract that perfectly complements chocolate and almonds.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a leavener, which means it helps the biscotti rise.
  • Chocolate: I’m using chocolate chips but chocolate chunks are divinely delicious.
  • Almonds: Chopped almonds add a wonderful crunchy texture.
Top view of chocolate dipped biscotti on a parchment lined baking tray.

How to Make This Biscotti Recipe

You’ll find the full, step-by-step instructions in the recipe below as well.  

This is a brief overview with detailed steps below:

  1. Make the dough and divide it into two pieces. 
  2. Shape the dough into two logs onto a prepared cookie sheet. 
  3. Bake until golden brown. 
  4. Cut each loaf into slices and place slices cut-sides up back on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake again until lightly toasted and golden brown on both sides. Dip in melted chocolate if desired.

Detailed Biscotti Recipe Steps

Preheat the oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 1: Make the biscotti dough

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Using a stand or electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to beat until incorporated. Then add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.

Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips and almonds. The dough will be very soft.

Top vertical view of unbaked biscotti logs on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 2: Shape the dough and 1st bake

Onto a lightly floured surface or parchment paper, turn the dough out and divide in half. Shape each dough into 9-inch logs.

Top vertical view of baked biscotti logs cooling on a wire rack.

Bake 20-25 minutes until the edges of the logs are golden; then cool on the rack for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Slice into cookies and 2nd bake

Using a serrated knife, diagonally slice each baked log into 1/2-inch cookies and lay them on their sides on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake sliced biscotti for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges and dry to the touch. Do not overbake.

Homemade Biscotti Recipe FAQs and Tips

What do you eat with Biscotti?

In Italy, biscotti are often dipped in wine (such as Vin Santo, a dessert wine). Biscotti also pairs well with a cup of coffee or a cappuccino. Dunk the cookies in your hot drink of choice and enjoy!

How long does homemade biscotti last?

Homemade biscotti will keep for up to one month when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. For longer storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to three months.  

Can I customize the ingredients to suit my preferences or dietary restrictions?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with the recipe. You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate chips based on your preference. For a gluten-free option, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative.

How long does it take to prepare and bake these biscotti?

The takes about 15 minutes for preparation of this biscotti recipe and around 30 minutes for baking twice. Additional time is needed for the biscotti to cool after the first bake before slicing and baking again.

Can I serve these biscotti with any specific beverage?

These biscotti pair wonderfully with coffee or tea. The combination of the chocolate, almond, and vanilla, along with their crunchy texture makes them a versatile treat suitable for various beverages.

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Closeup side view of Chocolate Almond Biscotti in a coffee cup with Italian tea.
Closeup side view of Italian Chocolate Almond Biscotti in a woven tray with coffee and tea.

Irresistible Chocolate Almond Biscotti Recipe

This irresistible Italian Chocolate and Almond Biscotti recipe, is easy to make and utterly delicious with rich chocolate and crunchy almonds.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almonds chopped

Chocolate Dip

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, or electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to beat until incorporated. Then add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips and almonds. The dough will be very soft.
    Top horizontal view of unbaked biscotti logs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Onto a lightly floured surface or parchment paper, turn the dough out and divide in half. Shape each dough into 9-inch logs. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the edges of the logs are golden; then cool on the rack for 10-15 minutes.
    Top horizontal view of cooling baked biscotti logs on a wire rack.
  • Using a serrated knife, diagonally slice each baked log into 1/2-inch cookies and lay them on their sides on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
    Top horizontal view of biscotti log cut into slices using a serrated knife.
  • Bake sliced biscotti for 10-12 minutes, or until golden around the edges and dry to the touch. Do not overbake.

Melted Chocolate Dip

  • Melt the chocolate and combine the oil until smooth. Using a spoon, coat half of the biscotti with chocolate, shaking off the excess. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

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Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: biscotti recipe, almond biscotti recipe

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