Christmas Double Chocolate Biscotti

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You’re going to love this easy Double Chocolate Biscotti recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

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Double chocolate biscotti on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

What better flavour for biscotti than chocolate? After all, biscotti is designed to be dunked into coffee, and chocolate and coffee are a great flavour combination. These Double Chocolate Biscotti are sure to make your coffee break extra delicious!

My daughter calls these biscotti “crunchy brownies.” It’s an apt description: biscotti are twice-baked, oblong-shaped cookies made intentionally dry and crunchy for dunking into coffee or tea — and these are made with a double dose of chocolate. I’m happy to say that they have nothing in common with the packaged biscotti sold in most coffee shops, which always taste like bricks. When you dunk these chocolate biscotti into a warm beverage, they soften, becoming rich, chocolaty and decadent.

The “double chocolate” portion of these biscotti comes from the combination of cocoa powder in the dough and the chocolate chips that are mixed into the dough. While any unsweetened cocoa powder will work, I like to use a Hershey’s natural cocoa powder for both colour and flavour. It gives the cookies such a deep, dark chocolate colour that’s really striking. Plus, there’s all that irresistible dark chocolate flavour!

What You’ll Need to Make Double Chocolate Biscotti

Ingredients for Double Chocolate Biscotti

To make this recipe you only need a few pantry staples:

  • all-purpose flour
  • unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • salted butter, softened
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • confectioners’ sugar (aka icing sugar)

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and printable recipe in the recipe card below.

How to Make Double Chocolate Biscotti

Step 1: In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined well. Add vanilla extract and combine well.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Step 3: Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Mix in chocolate chips until combined.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Step 4: Divide dough in half. Flour hands and form dough into two slightly flattened logs on prepared baking sheets, each approximately 12 inches long, 4-6 inches wide and 2 inches thick. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Step 5: Bake 30-35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes.

Step 6: Transfer to cutting board and cut diagonally into ¾-inch slices.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Step 7: Arrange biscotti on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp. Cool on a rack.

An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

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What readers are saying

Readers who have made this recipe are raving about it! Here is what they had to say after making these chocolate biscotti:

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Super recipe! Great success with all the family. I have to double ingredients each time to keep up with the demand! Thank you!

Maria
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Yummy! These are so chocolatey! I do bittersweet chips instead of semisweet. Just love these Always on my Christmas baking list!

Lynn
Christmas Chocolate Biscotti - An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this recipe, and how to avoid making it a disaster.

How do I keep my biscotti from cracking?

To keep your biscotti from cracking stir the batter well. If the butter is not well distributed in the mixture the points where there’s too much butter will become break down points during cooking. Another way to keep biscotti from cracking is to be gentle when turning the biscotti over in the oven during the second bake.

How long does Double Chocolate Biscotti last?

Biscotti can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Biscotti may be kept wrapped in freezer safe plastic wrap and frozen up to a month.

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An easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as gifts during the holidays.

Christmas Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Yield: 24 biscotti
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy Christmas Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe that is perfect to serve with coffee or share as a homemade Christmas gift during the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Prepare large baking sheet by lining with parchment, baking mat, or with butter and flour.
    2. In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
    3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined well. Add vanilla extract and combine well.
    4. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Mix in chocolate chips until combined.
    5. Divide dough in half. Flour hands and form dough into two slightly flattened logs on prepared baking sheets, each approximately 12 inches long, 4-6 inches wide and 2 inches thick. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
    6. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes.
    7. Transfer to cutting board and cut diagonally into ¾-inch slices. Arrange biscotti, on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp. Cool on a rack.

Notes

Store in airtight containers up to 1 week. Biscotti may be kept wrapped in freezer safe plastic wrap and frozen up to a month.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

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15 Comments

  1. Jeanette H says:

    There is no way I could do 2 12 inch loaves. I got 2 1/2 inch x5x8 inch loaves. What did I do wrong?

    1. Hi Jeanette, The bulk of the dough is the 2 cups flour, 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of semisweet chocolate and 2 LARGE eggs. Perhaps you used less of any of these ingredients? Unfortunately I am unable to determine what went wrong as I am not there with you.

  2. Just made this today and it is yummy! I didn’t have enough choc chips so I mixed in white ones. My son will be happy when he comes home from school and taste this!

  3. So the second bake is the same temperature as the 1st bake, not slightly lower? And why not on the side for the 2nd bake? Is it because of the powdered sugar on top? Just curious. Thanks!

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      Hey Bee,
      Yes, the second bake is done without laying them on their side so that the hot air can get to both freshly cut sides. This allows both sides of the biscotti to be evenly crisp. I see that you made these successfully, I hope your son loves them! I really like to dip them in a cappuccino.
      All the best,
      Janice

  4. followed recipe to a T and it is crumbling as I’m turning them on their side for the last few minutes of baking.

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. To keep your biscotti from cracking stir the batter well. If the butter is not well distributed in the mixture the points where there’s too much butter will become break down points during cooking. Another way to keep biscotti from cracking is to be gentle when turning the biscotti over in the oven during the second bake.

  5. 2 inches by 12 inches loaves? How wide should they be?

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      Good catch! They should be about 4-6 inches wide.

  6. Cut side down would mean putting them flat, not standing up like in the picture? Just wanted to make sure ☺️

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      Ahhhh good catch! I’ve updated the post. Thanks for the feedback!

    2. @Janice – Salads for Lunch, Thanks!

  7. Which cut side do I place down on the sheet? The left side or right side?

  8. I love chocolate in any form and this delish double chocolate recipe looks worth trying.

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      Please let me know if you do try it, thanks! 🙂