These homemade chocolate biscotti are perfect for holiday gifts (recipe here)
Every year in early December my Easy Chocolate Biscotti Recipe becomes one of the most popular recipes on Farmgirl Fare. Holiday baking season has begun! Have you ever wondered how to make biscotti? These twice baked, crunchy Italian cookies always look so elegant and perfect, especially when packed up in little cello bags and tied with a pretty ribbon, but they're easier to make than you might think.
My simple recipe is ideal for first time biscotti bakers for two reasons: the buttery dough is easy to work with, and the chocolate makes it dark, so no one will be able to tell if all your cookies aren't the same exact shade of golden brown.
These biscotti stay fresh for several days, making them perfect for gift giving. They also freeze beautifully. The cookies have a nice (not break-your-teeth) crunch that stands up to dunking in coffee, but they also taste great on their own.
But don't just take my word for it. Below is a sampling of what others have said about this recipe since I originally posted it back in 2005. I especially love hearing about all the signature touches. Mint chocolate chips mixed in to the dough? Yes, please!
More below. . .
—I am not a great baker, but I am really glad I tried your recipe. They were great, even better than store bought! I always thought biscotti was so expensive, so I am happy I can make my own now.
—Thanks so much for the recipe! My son told me tonight at 8pm that he wanted to give gifts to all 9 of his middle school teachers... tomorrow. Can I get an "oy!" I usually make an almond [biscotti], but hey, not an almond in the house! But thanks to you, I have chocolate ones - they're fantastic!
—I made a double batch of these and brought them to my family's pre-Christmas party and they were a big hit.
—I made 2 batches two weeks ago, and am making 2 batches tonight for our family Christmas get-together tomorrow. It's awesome stuff!
—Your recipe was wonderful and easy! all the ladies at my Pampered Chef party loved it, and were surprised I had made it myself! I finished mine off by dipping one end of the biscotti in chocolate!!
—Made these last nite - and we couldn't stop nibbling on them as soon as they came out of the oven - YUUUUUUM!
—Just made the biscotti and they are a dream! I did add dried cherries and chocolate chips and found it didn't affect the slicing. Mmmmm! Thanks!
—I have made this recipe a few times (thanks!), and last night, I made them with mint chocolate chips. Yum!
—Deeelicious.... Just made a batch for family gifts for Easter. Hope they last that long - already fighting off my hubby who keeps strolling through the kitchen.
—I just made this biscotti and it turned out beautifully. Thank you for a perfect recipe!!! I drizzled chocolate over them, sprinkled Christmas sprinkles and walnuts on them, and packaged them to give as gifts.
—Just wanted to drop in and say these biscotti were a hit!! I made them as gifts for Christmas and everyone was impressed and LOVED them!
And then there was the first time biscotti baker in Germany who e-mailed me a few years ago to say he had made a huge batch of my recipe for a bake sale, called them Better than Sex Chocolate Biscotti, charged one Euro apiece, and quickly sold out. I love it.
Happy holiday baking!
Baking up a holiday storm? These recipes all keep well & make nice gifts:
Can't survive on cookies alone? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.
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