Bake these nut and chocolate-studded biscuitstwice to make them crunchy enough for dunking in your favoritehot drink. These make great gifts and ship beautifully for thoselong-distance friends.
Recipe: Chocolate AlmondBiscotti
1 (12-ounce) package NESTL TOLLHOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels – divided use
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).Grease 1 large or 2 small baking sheet(s).
Microwave 1 cup morsels in small, microwave-safebowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional10 to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Cool to roomtemperature.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, bakingsoda and salt in medium bowl. Beat granulated sugar, brown sugar,butter, vanilla extract and almond extract until crumbly. Addeggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat inmelted chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts.Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.
Shape dough with floured hands into two9 x 3-inch logs on prepared baking sheet(s).
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until woodenpick inserted in center of each log comes out clean. Cool onbaking sheets for 15 minutes. Slide logs onto cutting board andcut diagonally into 3/4-inch slices. Return to baking sheet(s)cut side down. Bake turning biscotti over halfway through, for20 minutes or until dry. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Line baking sheet(s) with waxed paper.
Dip biscotti halfway into Chocolate Coating,pushing mixture up with a spatula; shake off excess. Place onprepared baking sheet(s). Refrigerate for 10 minutes or untilchocolate is set. Store in airtight containers in cool placeor in refrigerator.
For Chocolate Coating: Microwave remainingmorsels and 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening in medium, microwave-safebowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at 10to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup NESTL ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 large eggs
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Makes 30 biscotti.
Recipe and photograph are the propertyof Nestl ® and Meals.com, used with permission.
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