cherry, almond & white chocolate biscotti

by Sheri on December 15, 2012

Cherry, Almond White Chocolate Biscotti

More Christmas baking has been done in my kitchen over the last few days.  This time it is biscotti.  I love biscotti and I love dipping it into my coffee.  When I was thinking of a good treat that I could pack and ship to friends I thought that this would be perfect!

It is a hard cookie that tastes great and will travel well!

I decided on Cherry, Almond and White Chocolate it was what I had on had and plus it sounded delicious!  All these flavors go great together.  Plus the almond extract that is mixed into the dough just makes them extra delicious!

What I like about this recipe is that there is not a ton of butter or oil in it.  Just 1 tbsp of oil is all that it calls for and it turns out great!  I used Macadamia nut oil in this recipe.  Besides I made up for it by drizzling white chocolate all over them!  Yum!

The texture is exactly what I love in biscotti. A lot of the biscotti I’ve tried over the years is either rock hard, or super-soft and chewy almost like a scone. This recipe thankfully strikes the perfect balance — crunchy and crisp on the outsides, but still soft and slightly chewy on the inside. Perfect for enjoying on its own, or dipping in some coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

So if you’re looking for some fun baked goods to give as gifts to friends, family or in my case teachers this year, I cannot recommend this recipe enough! Oh. So. Good.

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Cherry, Almond & White Chocolate Biscotti
(Adapted from MyRecipes.com)

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. oil (I used Macadamia Nut oil)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • white chocolate baking squares or chips (optional) for drizzling!

Instructions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.

Mix eggs, oil, and extracts in a bowl with an electric mixer. Then add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. Then add in berries, chocolate and almonds – and either mix by hand with a wooden spoon, or very briefly with the electric mixer.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface. Knead lightly a few times to be sure that berries, chocolate and almonds are well-distributed. (Dough will be very sticky, so you may need to lightly re-flouring your surface once or twice.) Divide dough in half.

Shape each half into long logs, and flatten to 1″ thickness. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Then cut each roll diagonally into 1/2″ slices.

Place the slices cut-sides down on a baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove, and turn each slice over, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire racks.

To add white chocolate, simply melt your desired amount in a double boiler or in the microwave slowly!. Use a fork to drizzle it over the biscotti slices. Or you can dip each slice in a bowl of the melted white chocolate as well.

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A little tip:

You can use this recipe as a base for making many other different flavors of biscotti. So feel free to experiment around with it — subbing out the cherries, white chocolate, and almonds for whatever else you may have on hand!  The possibilities are endless!

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Faythe September 12, 2015 at 2:05 am

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