Lent is over and it’s ’bout time I had some SUGAR. Without a doubt the number one thing I missed was chocolate. There really are no words to describe the depth of my love for chocolate. We’re two of a kind. Chocolate gets me. It sounds like I’m exaggerating here but really, I’m not. When you’re sad, mad, happy, any feeling on the planet – chocolate is there. Chocolate cares and ALWAYS makes you feel better. Ok, maybe a little over-the-top but sometimes it feels so true. So, of course, the first thing I need to eat post-lent is chocolate. Dark is always best in my book.
My crazy, awesome friend who joined me on this no-sugar fiasco once told me she LOVES biscotti. I tried to make a mental note of that little nugget so I could use it in the future. The future is here. This girl needs celebrating. She somehow got me to not eat sugar for 6 weeks. That’s crazy, people. She deserves some sort of gold medal. Instead, I’ll make her biscotti. Dark chocolate, of course. Before this recipe I’d only attempted biscotti once. It didn’t go so well… This recipe, however? STELLAR.
Things you’ll love about biscotti….
…ummm, it’s DARK CHOCOLATE. the end
…it’s so perfectly giftable! it mails well and won’t fall apart like cookies (if you are able to share)
…it’s oh so dippable! biscotti + coffee = love <3
…people are incredibly impressed you made biscotti!
…it’s impressive yet so simple to make (always a plus)
Ok so I gift up my biscotti and leave it on my dear sweet, sarcastic, no-sugar co-hort’s desk and she FREAKED OUT. She was in love. It was like I bought her a new car. So I say, “It was actually super easy and came out great the first time.” And she screams, “YOU MADE THIS???!!!!!” She lost it. She could not believe it was homemade because it was so darn “perfect”. I was told I could sell it multiple times. So I ask for a piece… HA! She says, “You want a WHOLE piece?! No way.” I guess I shouldn’t tell her that half went to my hubby’s boss, huh? Well, now I know how to please this woman! This hilarious, beautiful, I-don’t-share-biscotti-so-don’t-even-ask woman. Love her. <3
So please, do yourself a favor and make some biscotti for you and your loved ones right away! All I can hear is – bite – “this is sooo good” – another bite – “Senika, you could sell this” – another bite – “I’m not kidding you, this is so GOOD!” – another bite – “if you really want a piece, I guess I can give you one” – another bite – “I seriously can’t believe how good this is” Pretty sure I’m going to have to keep her stocked up on the biscotti! So glad it’s a simple one to get right every time. Score!
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup dark cocoa (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Cream butter and sugar together, add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to Butter mixture in thirds, making sure all dry ingredients are incorporated before adding more. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Shape dough into a 12 x 4 inch log and place on a well greased baking pan (or use parchment paper) Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut loaf into ¾ inch slices and place back on baking sheet, cut side down. Bake again for 8 minutes then turn cookies over and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Completely cool cookies on a rack then store in an airtight container.