Black & White Biscotti

IT’S NOT HOW MUCH WE GIVE BUT HOW MUCH LOVE WE PUT INTO GIVING.”  Mother Teresa

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

I think for those of us who love to bake and cook; what we produce is usually made with love.  Passion is usually the common ingredient in every recipe.  But when we give food as gifts, I think we take extra care in making sure that our end result is as special as the recipients.  Since I have this mad passion for making sweet things, I tend to give food as gifts all year round.  Biscotti is one of the easiest and most practical things to gift.  It really keeps well for a longer period of time, which is perfect if you are putting these in the mail! 

I found this recipe for Black and White Biscotti on the King Arthur Flour website and I just LOVE them!   Sweet vanilla and deep, rich chocolate always pair well together.  Add a sprinkling of sugar and they are ready for dunking! 

 

 

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

 

I’ve commented before that my biscotti usually can be used as door stops!  I think this was my first successful encounter with this type of recipe.  The King Arthur Flour website has a great tutorial.  And this sweet biscotti recipe could not have been any easier!  To truly make them black and white biscotti, the recipe called for decorating them with white sprinkling sugar or a confectioner’s sugar glaze.  (I think a melted white chocolate drizzle would be fabulous, too!)

 

 

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

 

I added some colorful sprinkles to half of the batch to make them a little more festive for the holidays.  But you can jazz these up in any way you’d like.  I thought about adding almonds to the vanilla part of the dough.  Maybe next time!

 

Yields:  I got about 16 cookies out of the batch

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur’s Flour.

 

BLACK & WHITE BISCOTTI:

  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 of a cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour (I always use King Arthur!)
  • 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder (I used Valhrona)
  • 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • course, white sparkling sugar for topping (I also used rainbow sparkling sugar!)

 

 

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

 

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.  Add the salt, vanilla and baking powder.  Beat this until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Next beat in the eggs.  Don’t worry if the batter looks curdled.  Continue to beat and it will come together.  At low speed, add the flour.  The dough is going to be sticky.  Divide the dough in half, leaving half in the bowl and removing half to your prepared baking sheet.  (Half of the dough is about 10 1/4 ounces by weight, or a generous 1 cup).    Shape the dough on the pan into a log that is about 14″ long by 2 1/2″ wide.  Use a wet spatula or dough scraper to smooth and shape the log.  Place the pan into the freezer while you make the chocolate dough.

Add the cocoa and espresso to the rest of the vanilla dough and mix until combined.  Add the chocolate chips and mix a little bit more until they are incorporated into the dough.  Spread the chocolate dough on top of the vanilla dough and press it down (wetting your fingers helps!).  Again, use the spatula or bench scraper to smooth the top and sides.  Sprinkle the course sugar on top of the dough, pressing it down gently with your fingers. 

Bake your dough for 25 minutes.  Remove it from the oven and decrease the oven temperature to 325°F.  Allow the baked log to cool for another 20-25 minutes.  Slide the parchment paper onto a flat surface, so that you can slice the log.  Using a serrated knife, cut the biscotti into 3/4″ slices.  (I measured and still got about 16).  You may also cut the log on the diagonal for longer cookies, but you will get less.  Now set the biscotti on their sides, back onto the baking sheet, and bake for another 30-35 minutes.  The edges should start to turn golden, even if they are a bit moist in the centers, they will continue to dry as they cool.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

 

I’m going in for the dunk!!!

 

 

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

 

These are dee-LISH-ous!  And so perfect as a pick me up with a cup of coffee!  Light, sweet, crunchy, chocolatey!   I definitely have a new found desire to make more biscotti!

 

Enjoy and give the gift of food all year round!

 

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Comments

  1. Scrumptious is the first word that comes to mind when I look at these. This is one sweet treat that has eluded me. I’ve never eaten or baked them. Obviously I’ve led a sheltered life, LOL!!

    • Thanks Sandra! This is my first success with them. In the past….I’ve used my biscotti as doorstops! Yikes! ; – }

  2. I would need 3 separate piles of your delicious biscotti…one with chocolate milk, another with a latte, and another for just plain ole’ noshin’…I love that yours are sophisticated and feature a double layer of fun!!

  3. I love that Mother Teresa quote! Your biscotti are so lovely!

  4. You beauty. I don’t have mine done yet. My inlaws have decided to spend Christmas with us so I had to clear out their room and do a spring clean of the whole house. :)

    The quote is very good. Too often we give a gift because we feel we should and not because we really want to. We = I :)

    I love your biscotti and I think I’ll have to make them for the olds and give them a pot of chocolate to dip them in. Talk about over the top. LOL

  5. Oh my! These look DELISH!

  6. Your quote was so beautiful my friend :)
    Delicious sweet recipe too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Those colored sugar sprinkles are super cute (and festive!) and like you I give food gifts all year round too! On another note, I just made rice krispies treats in layers like this! (one layer of plain; one layer of cocoa)!!! Hugs Anne!

    • Thanks Tiffany…….and I would devour a batch of those sweet crunchy krispies….they sound divine! Hugs to you my friend! : )

  8. You know, I have never tried making biscotti myself. These look so scrumptious – I might just have to try your recipe! Lovely, sweet Anne!! xoxo

    • Thanks Anna….and with all the beautiful baking you do….I can’t believe these are on your to do list. I am sure yours would be over the top magnificent! : )

  9. Oh, I love the layered look! They sound highly addictive, too!

  10. The spirit of Christmas is in this post! :) Aww, I wish I could enjoy some of this biscotti with a cup of tea. Mmmm, chocolate and vanilla biscotti with sprinkles?! Doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful quote! Perhaps one day, we’ll have to do a group baking visit to the King Arthur headquarters in Vermont. :) Merry Christmas!

  11. Beautiful biscotti! Making them both chocolate and vanilla makes it easy for me since I don’t have to chose a flavor. :) Anne, hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season so far! :)

  12. “I have a mad passion for making things sweet…” Really? :) Oh and I am SO glad that you do! I come here for some of the tastiest and sweetest things on the web! You know I love biscotti’s and ever since pass the plate, I’ve been on a biscotti roll! I’ve probably made about 6 batches, which is A LOT for me! In the past 30 years, I had only made 6 batches of cookies- period! So you can bet that I’ll be making these biscotti very, very soon! They look delicious and so festive with the colored sprinkles! I’ve never put sprinkles on a cookies that I’ve made, so that alone will be fun. :) Have a wonderful holiday season my dear friend!!!!!

    • Thanks MJ…..and I love your biscotti! There is something oddly addictive about making them! You are such a dear friend and I wish you all good things in the coming year! : )

  13. Anne, these are wonderful! Thank you so much :) I absolutely ADORE biscotti so this is a perfect treat for me. Best baking club post ever!

    • Thanks Carsley…..but I’d be happy to deliver them in person! I could sure use a warm, tropical breeze right now! : )

  14. I love biscotti! These look terrific. We haven’t made any this year (and the way we’re going with cookies, we might not get around to it). But I have to try these! Good stuff – thanks.

    • Thanks John! I know….there’s so much we want to make….just not enough time. But I do enjoy your savory offerings….AND your cocktails! : )

  15. Anne, awesome treats as usual. Love these black and white biscotti. You are right – it is all about giving (I’ve yet to meet a mean baker) Here is to continued passion in your baking over the coming year. Wishing you Merry Christmas and the best for 2013

    • Oh Hester….thank you so much, sweet friend. Your passion for cooking and baking shows in everything you make. Looking forward to sharing more with you this year! : )

  16. Delicioso. Me gusta.
    Un saludo.

  17. What a beautifully layered biscotti, Anne! I love the colorful sprinkle on top too! Very festive. :) Hope you are having a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

    • Thanks so much Nami….and I look forward to all of your beautiful dishes and gorgeous photography in the year to come! : )

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