I always thought making biscotti would be complicated just because they were so classy. In my mind, biscotti were in the same category as croissants – a coffee shop delicacy that I could never recreate at home. You can imagine my delight when I found that this wasn’t the case at all!
I think the best part of biscotti is the texture: so crunchy and crumbly. They’re an awesome snack on their own, and an absolute delight when dipped in coffee. Admittedly, I’ve dipped them in milk too – and they’re better than Oreos.
This turned out to have a richer chocolate flavor than I’d anticipated, although it’s by no means extra decadent. The texture is awesome: it’s a little crumbly but mostly crunchy, and even keeps its texture after being left out for a few days. When you first take them out of the oven and let it cool, they might seem too hard, but they get better with age: after the first night, they get less dry-crunchy and more crumbly-crunchy. If that makes any sense at all.
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp coffee extract (or instant coffee granules)
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Optional drizzle: white chocolate and sandwich bag
Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together oil, eggs, sugar, and coffee extract (or coffee granules). Then add in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
Shape into two logs, each 1/2-inch thick. This dough is quite sticky, so mentally prepare yourself.
Bake for 30 minutes. Take it out and let it cool, then cut it up into 1/2-inch strips.
Bake the strips for another 20-30 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
See? That wasn’t difficult at all. If you want to be fancy, you can drizzle white chocolate over them (just melt some white chocolate at low heat in the microwave, then cut open a corner of a sandwich bag and use it as a makeshift pipette). Don’t know about you, but I think white chocolate on a dark chocolate background is my kinda color combo.
You know what makes these even better? Dip these in steaming and aromatic coffee. Or sweet and homey hot chocolate. Or just a cup o’ cold breakfast milk.
A perfectly delightful treat, breakfast or otherwise.
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