Light and Dark Biscotti

posted by Mary Ann Mariotti 12-02-99 6:39 PM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Light and Dark Biscotti
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Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Almond Biscotti
Chocolate Italian Cookies
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/2 cup butter or margarine -- (1 stick)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups mini chocolate baking bits -- divided
1 cup slivered almonds -- toasted*
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside.

In large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla.

In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; blend into creamed mixture. Dough will be stiff. Stir in 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate baking bits and nuts.

Divide dough in half. Add cocoa powder and coffee granules to one half of the dough, mixing to blend.

On well-floured surface, gently knead doughs together just enough to marble. Divide dough in half and gently roll each half into 12 x 2-inch log; place on prepared cookie sheets at least 4 inches apart. Press remaining 1/2 cup mini chocolate baking bits onto outside of both logs.

Bake 25 minutes. Dough will spread.

Cool logs 15 to 20 minutes. Slice each log into 12 slices; arrange on cookie sheet cutside down. Bake an additional 10 minutes. (For softer biscotti, omit second baking.) Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.

Makes 24 pieces.

*To toast almonds, spread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 7 to 10 minutes until light golden, stirring occasionally. Remove almonds from pan and cool completely before using.

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