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Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti ~ A perfect Christmas Treat

This Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti are loaded with hazelnuts and have a deep chocolate flavour. They are twice-baked, making them perfect as Cupboard and Travel Snacks.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Biscotti, Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Cookies, Hazelnut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Author Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup (150 gms) Hazelnuts
  • 120 gms Dark Chocolate, Coarsely chopped (One can use semi sweet or Milk one too)
  • 1 Cup (210 gms) Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups (210 gms) All purpose Flour/Plain Flour/ Maida
  • 1/3 Cup (30 gms) Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp (4 gms) Instant Coffee powder
  • 1 tsp (5 gms) Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Toasting the Hazelnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Deg C (350 Deg F).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the hazelnuts on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.
  4. Do turn them in between around 8 minutes.
  5. Once done remove and let it cool.
  6. Rub it between your palms to remove the skin off.
  7. Alternatively you can put all the hazelnuts in a clean towel and gently rub them. This will take the skin off.
  8. Chop the Hazelnuts coarsely

Making the Biscotti

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 150 Deg C (300 Deg F)
  2. In a food processor or a powerful blender, add in the coarsely chopped chocolate and brown sugar and process until the chocolate is very fine.
  3. Then in a large bowl , sift the flour, cocoa powder, coffee powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a bowl of electric stand mixer or with a hand mixer beat the eggs and vanilla extract until combined (around 1 min)
  5. Add the chocolate/sugar mixture and combine.
  6. Next add in the flour mixture and beat until it roughly forms a dough, adding in the coarsely chopped hazelnuts in between.
  7. Dust your working surface with flour and with floured hands divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  8. Form a log shape from each of the 2 portions. (You might need some extra flour if your dough is wet. Do not add too much flour though)

  9. Transfer the log's into a prepared baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 150 Deg C until firm to touch.
  11. Remove from the oven, and let it cool down on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.
  12. Transfer the cooled logs into a cutting board.
  13. Using a serrated or a sharp knife cut into slices 3/4 inch (around 2 cm) thick.
  14. Arrange the cut slices on a baking sheet.
  15. Bake for 10 minutes.
  16. Turn the slices over and bake again for 10 minutes or until crisp and dry.
  17. Remove from oven and let it cool on wire rack.
  18. This will store in an airtight container for several weeks.
  19. One can even glaze it with chocolate.

Recipe Notes