chocolate-cherry biscotti

January 31, 2012

in Cookies

Homemade gifts are among the most thoughtful offerings to give and receive. With just 14 days left until Valentine’s Day, consider surprising your loved one with a box of chocolate-cherry biscotti. Plump dried cherries and mini semisweet chocolate chips accentuate each bite of these deeply chocolate cookies. Dip biscotti into melted semisweet chocolate for a delicious finish. P.S. Don’t miss my Le Creuset giveaway, open until Saturday!

Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti
Adapted from Ultimate Italian
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 300°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Combine eggs, egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and almond in a large bowl, whisking until frothy. Stir in flour mixture and dried cherries until combined; batter will be sticky.

Lightly dust hands with cocoa powder, then shape dough into 2 (9-by-4-inch) loaves on prepared baking sheets. Use a metal spatula to even the edges if necessary. Bake on lower rack for 35 minutes. Transfer sheets to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, cut loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheets; bake for 8 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 8 minutes more or until crisp. Cool completely on a wire rack before dipping into or drizzling with melted chocolate. Store between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Yield – 28 biscotti (serving size: 1 biscotto)
Calories – 80
Carbs – 10

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4 Comments

1 Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew January 31, 2012

Biscotti are my favorite, and chocolate cherry is my favorite flavor :) Great recipe!

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2 Mercedes January 31, 2012

I love biscotti and this chocolate cherry version is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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3 Valerie February 3, 2012

Your biscotti looks amazing! Chocolate and cherries are such a delicious pair, especially for Valentine’s Day!

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4 Laura Kasavan February 3, 2012

Thank you, it’s one of my favorite flavor combinations!

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