Most of you know my brother, Tom is over in Afghanistan working as a contractor since business is slow in Greenville, South Carolina. I've been sending him fun care packages that include snacks, clothing, and other requested items. Now that we are settled in, I am sending him a package today. It contains homemade biscotti. The recipe below is courtesy of Epicurious, one of my go to websites for recipes.
Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
2 c. flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3/4 stick (6 T) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts or almonds
3/4 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a large baking sheet or use a silpat.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat together. Stir in flour mixture to form a dough (a little crumbly). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
On prepared baking sheet with floured hands, form dough into two slightly flattened logs, about 8 inches long by 2 inches wide. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Bake logs 35 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes.
On a cutting board, cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4 inch slices. Arrange cut side down on baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 8 minutes.
I like this recipe because it's easy to make, and I generally have all of the ingredients on hand. If you like your biscotti a little more moist, don't bake it the second time and shave off a few minutes on the cooking time.