The crunch of biscotti has always been satisfying. The taste? Kinda underwhelming. Not really worth the calories. That is until now. I recently discovered a recipe at Epicurious.com for a biscotti that claimed to have a deep chocolatey flavor, unlike many commercial biscotti. So I gave it a try. I’m so very glad I did. Yes, they’re totally calorie worthy in my book.
I adapted the recipe to create a Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti version, which makes for the oh, so perfect companion for coffee or hot chocolate. The recipe is straight forward, and if you haven’t made biscotti before, don’t be intimidated. It’s basically like making cookies. Not difficult at all. Just an extra toasting step at the end. For more chocolatey minty goodness, dip in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkle with finely crushed peppermint. Yum!
These Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti definitely have a deep chocolatey flavor without being overly sweet, with hints of salt and just the right amount of peppermint. They’re sneaky addicting. So be warned.
And if you’re looking for an edible gift to bake for friends, these would be great gift packaged up, and given with a coffee mug and/or coffee.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ stick (6 tablespoons) salted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- 8 ounces, weight semi-sweet chocolate and/or white chocolate, melted
- ½ cup crushed finely crushed peppermint or chopped andes mints
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare large baking sheet by lining with parchment, baking mat, or with butter and flour.
- In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- 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 peppermint extract and combine well.
- Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Mix in chocolate chips until combined.
- Divide dough in half. Flour hands and form dough into two slightly flattened logs on prepared baking sheets, each approximately 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
- Bake 35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes.
- Transfer to cutting board and cut diagonally into ¾-inch slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp. Cool on a rack.
- Optional: Once cool, dip one end in melted chocolate and sprinkle with finely crushed peppermint. Let firm up on cooling rack.
- Store in airtight containers up to 1 week. If not dipping in chocolate, biscotti may be kept wrapped in freezer safe plastic wrap and frozen up to a month.