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Author Notes: This biscotti dough has a serious hit of cocoa; the addition of espresso elevates the chocolate flavor. Chunks and shards of chocolate are buried in the dough to crack and melt delightfully in your mouth. Twice-baked, they are crisp (but not jaw-breaking) and ready to be dunked in your cup of coffee, but not before they get a final flourish of melted chocolate+coffee swirls. —Heena
Makes 24-30 cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
- 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup toasted walnuts/pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate (for chocolate swirls. I sometimes use half white chocolate for contrast)
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot wate
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) with the rack in the middle. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In another large bowl, beat the butter with a stand mixer or a hand mixer at medium speed until it is light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and pale.
- Beat in the eggs, one by one, incorporating one completely before adding another. Beat in the espresso.
- Switch the mixer speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients, beating only until incorporated. Don't overwork the dough.
- Stir in the chopped chocolate and nuts with a sturdy rubber spatula.
- Using moistened hands, halve the dough and form 2 (15-by 2-inch) loaves on an the baking sheet, spacing the logs 3 inches apart. (I roll the dough gently with my hands to get an elongated rope and then shaped it, gently stretching and flattening into logs.)
- Bake in the preheated oven until it is mostly firm to the touch, about 25 mins.
- Take the sheet out of the oven and cut the logs crosswise with a sharp serrated knife into 1/2-inch slices. Place the slices on the second baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until firm and crisp, about 5 mins on each side.
- Transfer the cookies to a rack and cool. Don’t discard the baking sheet with its parchment paper.
- Once the cookies and baking sheet are completely cool, transfer the cookies back to the sheet. Melt the chocolate and espresso over simmering water in a double boiler or using 20-second short bursts in a microwave (about 1 minute in total). Transfer the chocolate to a piping or zip-lock bag. Snip off a small portion at the tip and drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Cool completely until the chocolate is firm. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper. They will keep for up to a week, if they last that long.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Coffee