Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mocha Chip (Nut Free) Biscotti

I love coffee (big surprise, right?) and I really enjoy biscotti. Have you ever tried to find a nut-free biscotti? It is hard to find. And, if you find biscotti that doesn't have nuts in it, it will have a nut warning on the label. That's my experience, anyway. I have been meaning to make my own biscotti for a while. I made Mocha Chip Biscotti today. My boys got their first taste of biscotti. It was tasty. I have another recipe for Cranberry Apricot Biscotti. I'll probably try that one out soon.

Mocha Chip (Nut Free) Biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter (or margarine), softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and baking powder. Set aside. Beat butter and 3/4 cup of sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Dissolve 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules in 1 teaspoon warm water. Add with eggs. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips into dough. Divide dough in half.

Form each half into a 7 by 2 inch log. Lightly spray pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place each log crosswise in pan about 4 inches apart.

Bake 30 minutes. Remove pan to cooling rack; let logs cool in pan 15 minutes.

Carefully remove logs to cutting board. With a bread knife, gently cut logs diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Arrange slices upright in pan, about 1 inch apart. Bake 20-25 minutes or until dry and crisp. Cool completely on a cooling rack. Store in a tightly covered container.

To drizzle with chocolate, microwave 1/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chipes and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine on high 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 10-30 seconds or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over biscotti. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until chocolate drizzle is firm.

My recipe notes: I did not have miniature chocolate chips so I just chopped up some regular chocolate chips. I did not drizzle the chocolate. Turns out, I am not good at drizzling. Spreading chocolate works just as well (plus, there's more chocolate and that isn't a bad thing). I also did not put the biscotti in the refrigerator. It didn't take very long for the chocolate to get firm.

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He & Me + 3 said...

Yum...I love nut free recipes. Thanks for sharing. & you know I love my coffee too.

McCrakensx4 said...

OH YUM! I heart biscotti with my hot chocolate! I think I would leave the coffee out, but sounds yummy!

Beth E. said...

That looks delicious...I'm drooling!

Girl, drizzling is easy once you know the trick...Melt chocolate. Pour into plastic bag. Snip tiny, TINY piece from one corner of bag. Hold over biscotti and slowly move back and forth. Squeeze the bag slightly if chocolate isn't coming out fast enough. That's it!

Thanks for the recipe!

Missy said...

Yay! Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to add this to my "to-try" folder.

Foursons said...

Looks yummy!

Heather said...

These look good! I love biscotti but have never tried making them. Now I just may have to :)

Seth said...

THanks for the Biscotti! It was delicious this morning!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Sounds yummy! I love biscotti. I'll have to try this. It sounds relatively easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

samantha said...

yummo!! I'm sure our mops group would love this..hint hint =)

Salty Mom said...

Hope you are going to make it for moms group one time (:

Sherry said...

Oh, my! These look amazing! I love biscotti, but I haven't ever tried to make them.

Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet said...

Coffee and biscotti...my favorite treat. I will have to try this recipe.

Anonymous said...

Made this recipe back to back 3 times in 3 weeks. Kids love it too. I used EnjoyLife soyfree and nut free minichocolate chips and so happy that my soy allergic kids have something so yummy to eat. A good alternative to high calorie chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for sharing.