Monday, December 6, 2010

Double Dark Chocolate Biscotti

You know the Christmas season is in full swing when you start busting out your favorite recipes and filling the kitchen with even more love.  And though I always have the old standbys: Sugar Cookies and Grandma Booie's Swedish Wafers, I always try out a few new recipes.  Last year, I tried some chocolate cookies that were disastrous.  But I also tried out some double dark chocolate biscotti...and it was a winner.
First of all, it's a Cooking Light recipe...which always makes me feel a little better.  But when I made them last year, I decided they needed a bit more chocolate, ya know, just to spruce them up a bit!  Pair them with a cup of coffee or Hazelnut Chocolate hot chocolate and experience the dark chocolate coating melt when you dunk it....soooooooooooo yummy! 
So without further adieu, here's the recipe:

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 package dark chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup unsalted almonds

1) Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  Combine flour, flax, soda, and salt; stir with a whisk.  Combine sugars and eggs in a separate bowl.  Beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes.  Add vanilla; mix well.  Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and almonds.  
2) Divide batter into 3 equal portions.  Roll each portion into a 6" long roll.  Arrange rolls 3" apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Pat to a 1" thickness.  Bake for 28 minutes or until firm.
3) Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Cut rolls diagonally.  Place (cut side down) on a baking sheet.  Reduce oven temperature to 325.  Bake 7 minutes, turn over and bake another 7 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
4) Melt remaining chocolate chips in a shallow bowl (may not need the rest of package...I usually eyeball it) in the microwave.  Be careful to get them just hot enough to melt but not burnt.  Dunk one side of biscotti (once it has been cooled).  Allow chocolate to dry.

I love using the biscotti as gifts, too.  Jon's sister LOVES these things!  And what a pretty, kinda healthy, and delicious treat to give.  What about you guys -- any delicious recipes to share?  I'm looking for some new ones to try this week :)

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