When I want something to dip in my coffee – which is most of the time – this is exactly what I’m thinking. These biscotti aren’t too sweet and have just a hint of anise flavour and a light scattering of chocolate chips.
I stayed true to the recipe (from Giada De Laurentiis’ “Giada’s Family Dinners“). The only difference is that I scattered my chocolate chips on top of the pressed-out dough, while Giada’s directions specify folding them into the batter. This slight modification may be due to the fact that I had finished shaping my log of dough and realized my chocolate chips were still sitting in the measuring cup. C’est la vie.
If you’ve never made biscotti before, this is a very easy recipe with which to get started. You bake them twice, so there is an extra step compared to drop cookies, but it is so worth it. Warning: they look and smell so delicious after the first baking, it will be difficult to simply slice them and send them back in the oven to bake again. Be strong!
One bite of these lovely little biscotti and you will be hooked – I promise.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon ground anise (fennel) seed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using en electric mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, and anise (fennel) in a large bowl to blend. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just to combine.
- Form the dough into a 14-inch long, 4-inch wide log on parchment-lined sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and press into dough. Bake until lightly golden, about 25-30 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 30 minutes.
- Place log on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the log on the diagonal into ½- to ¾-inch thick slices. Arrange biscotti cut side down on baking sheet. Bake until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer biscotti to a rack to cool completely.
- Dunk into a steaming cup of coffee or tea and forget all of your troubles.