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Chocolate Chip Biscotti

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Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a fun American twist on a classic Italian cookie recipe! A crisp, twice baked dessert sweet studded with pieces of chocolate. A great cookie to dunk in coffee or eat on its own from a Christmas cookie platter.
Some Chocolate Chip Biscotti on a white small plate

These Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a delicious chocolatey spin on a classic Italian cookie! Crisp and crunchy cantucci cookies speckled with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Biscotti laying on a cooling rack with chocolate chips around them

Why You Will Love This Recipe

These Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a fun combination of the popular cookie inside a biscotti.

Perfect on their own, these crispy cookies can be dunked or drizzled in chocolate (if desired). Also wonderful dipped into coffee or hot chocolate!

Use these cookies for a Christmas cookie platter, holidays, or just any day!

Some Chocolate Chip Biscotti on a white small plate

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to make Chocolate Chip Biscotti:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
All ingredients needed with labels

Equipment

This is the equipment you need for the recipe:

  • Stand Mixer (or hand mixer and large bowl)
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mats
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board

Instruction Overview

Beat together the sugar and softened butter.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating completely into the batter, followed by the vanilla extract.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

The chocolate being added to the dough in a bowl

Do you knead biscotti dough? No, just mixing the dough is enough. No kneading is necessary.

Divide the dough in half and shape into two logs, approximately 12-13 inches long and 2 inches wide. Just slightly flatten the logs

The dough rolled into two logs

Bake the logs until they are just starting to crack on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool just slightly.

How long should biscotti cool before cutting? About 10 minutes is perfect so it starts to set up but is still warm enough to slice without crumbling.

While still warm, cut the logs into their cookie slices.

How do you cut biscotti dough? Use a sharp knife and cut slices, on an angle, about 1/2 inch wide.

Line them all back up on the baking sheet, cut sides up and down, and bake again until almost completely hard.

Let cool completely before dunking in chocolate if you choose to do so.

Modifications and Substitutions

Should biscotti be hard or soft? They are traditionally hard. But you can reduce cooking time if you do want them soft.

Kim’s Tips

Use a sharp knife to cut the logs into pieces. Serrated knifes tend to make them crumble more with the sawing back and forth!

A hand holding a cookie up with more behind it on the counter

FAQs

What is the secret to making biscotti?

What do Italians call biscotti?

Biscotti is actually a name for twice baked cookies, and not this specific cookie. The real name for these cookies in Italy is cantucci.

Should biscotti dough be chilled before baking?

How long should biscotti cool before cutting?

Why are my biscotti not crunchy?

The cookies were likely not cooked long enough, specifically the second time after being cut into pieces.

How do you keep biscotti crisp?

The baking process removes most of the moisture from the cookies, so they should not easily soften when stored.

How far in advance can I make biscotti?

How long do homemade biscotti last? They can be stored at room temperature in an air tight container up to a month, but are best the first two weeks. You can also freeze biscotti up to 3 months.

How are you supposed to eat a biscotti?

In America we typically eat biscotti on their own, or dunked into coffees.
Italy actually does not eat them this way. They are served after dinner but dunked in fortified, rich, dessert red wines instead as they do not drink coffee later in the day.

Closer view of Chocolate Chip Biscotti on a cooling rack on a counter
Pin of Chocolate Chip Biscotti cooling on a rack with title at top
Some Chocolate Chip Biscotti on a white small plate

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a fun American twist on a classic Italian cookie recipe! A crisp, twice baked dessert sweet studded with pieces of chocolate. A great cookie to dunk in coffee or eat on its own from a Christmas cookie platter.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 36 cookies

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle position.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or using a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, combining fully before adding the other.
  • Add the vanilla and briefly mix to combine.
  • Reduce speed to low. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix on a slow speed until just incorporated.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and split into two halves.
  • Roll the dough out into two logs approximately 12-13 inches long and 2 inches wide (slightly flattened with your hands). Place on a silicone mat or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the loafs for about 20 minutes, or until they are starting to develop cracks on the top.
  • Remove from the oven and let the logs cool for only 10 minutes.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the logs, at a diagonal, into cookies approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place all of the slices onto the baking sheet again (touching is fine as they will no longer expand).
  • Put the cut cookies back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
    The cookies will feel crisp on top but still slightly "give" and push down in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack completely before storing in an air tight container up to 1 month.

Optional Chocolate Dipping

  • If you want to dip the cookies partially into more chocolate, melt an additional half cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Stir the chocolate and continue heating in 30 second intervals until fully melted, stirring in between.
  • Dunk the cookies or spoon the chocolate over the cookies to coat as desired.
  • Let harden on a cooling rack or parchment paper.

Notes

If adding a chocolate coating, do not do this until the cookies are cool. Otherwise the chocolates will run off and not stick.
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By on October 21st, 2022

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