Cappuccino Biscotti with Hazelnuts and Chocolate Recipe | Sur La Table (2024)

By The Art & Soul of Baking: Reprinted with permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, recipes by Cindy Mushet, photography by Maren Caruso

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Serves

Makes 45 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1½ tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened (65° to 68°F)
  • ⅔ cup (4¾ ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2¾ cups (13¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4½ ounces) chopped skinned toasted hazelnuts
  • 5 ounces good-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into ¼-inch chunks, or 1 cup (6½ ounces) mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) superfine sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Procedure

Biscotti—twice-baked, super-crunchy Italian favorites—are made fordunking into a steaming cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. They can often be too hardto enjoy out of hand, though. This particular style of biscotti, with a bit of butter addedfor additional flavor and a softer texture, is great for snacking, whether dipped or dunked.

They are good make-ahead cookies and keep well in an airtight container for weeks.Theoretically. You probably won’t be able to keep them around long enough to findout. Many variations can be made from this recipe by leaving out the espresso powder,changing the nuts to almonds, walnuts, or pistachios, adding ½ cup of dried fruit (suchas raisins or cranberries), and leaving out or changing the type of chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and position an oven rack in the center.

Mix the dough: In the small bowl, stir together the espresso powder and warmwater until the powder is dissolved. Set aside.

Place the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer and beat onmedium speed until smooth and slightly lightened in color, 2 to 3 minutes. You canalso use a hand mixer and a medium bowl, although you may need to beat the mixture alittle longer to achieve the same results. Add the espresso mixture and blend well. Scrapedown the bowl with the spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (15 to 20 seconds)and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

In the medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to thebutter mixture all at once. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and blend slowly, justuntil there are no more patches of flour. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl.

Add the hazelnuts and chocolate chips and mix on low just until blended. Remove thebowl from the mixer and stir gently a few times with the spatula to make sure the nutsand chips are evenly distributed and there are no patches of unincorporated flour or butterlurking near the bottom of the bowl.

Shape and bake the dough: Divide the dough in half. On a work surfacelightly dusted with flour, gently squeeze and roll each piece to shape into logs about13 inches long. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the logs on the sheetabout 4 inches apart. Press down on the logs, flattening them slightly until they are eachabout 2 inches across the top. Place the second baking sheet under the first (to preventthe bottoms of the logs from browning too quickly). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the logsare firm to the touch and lightly golden brown. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and letthe logs cool completely. (If you attempt to slice them while warm, the chocolate will smearand the cookies will look messy.)

Cut the logs and bake them a second time: Turn the oven down to 275°Fand position two racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Carefully transfer thecookie logs to a cutting surface. Use the serrated knife to slice the logs on a slight diagonalinto cookies ⅛ inch thick. Line the second baking sheet with parchment paper. Place thecookies, cut side down, on the parchment-lined sheets (you'll need both sheets to hold allthe cookies). Toast the cookies in the oven, switching the sheets between the racks androtating each front to back halfway through, for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry and lightly tingedwith color. Transfer to a cooling rack.

While the cookies are toasting, prepare the finishing sugar if you like. Whisk togetherthe superfine sugar and cinnamon in the cleaned medium bowl. As soon as thecookies are out of the oven and on the rack, immediately roll them in the cinnamon sugarand return to the baking sheet to cool completely.

Storing: The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2months. If the cookies soften during storage, re-crisp them

By The Art & Soul of Baking: Reprinted with permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, recipes by Cindy Mushet, photography by Maren Caruso

Serves

Makes 45 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1½ tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened (65° to 68°F)
  • ⅔ cup (4¾ ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2¾ cups (13¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4½ ounces) chopped skinned toasted hazelnuts
  • 5 ounces good-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into ¼-inch chunks, or 1 cup (6½ ounces) mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) superfine sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Procedure

Biscotti—twice-baked, super-crunchy Italian favorites—are made fordunking into a steaming cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. They can often be too hardto enjoy out of hand, though. This particular style of biscotti, with a bit of butter addedfor additional flavor and a softer texture, is great for snacking, whether dipped or dunked.

They are good make-ahead cookies and keep well in an airtight container for weeks.Theoretically. You probably won’t be able to keep them around long enough to findout. Many variations can be made from this recipe by leaving out the espresso powder,changing the nuts to almonds, walnuts, or pistachios, adding ½ cup of dried fruit (suchas raisins or cranberries), and leaving out or changing the type of chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and position an oven rack in the center.

Mix the dough: In the small bowl, stir together the espresso powder and warmwater until the powder is dissolved. Set aside.

Place the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer and beat onmedium speed until smooth and slightly lightened in color, 2 to 3 minutes. You canalso use a hand mixer and a medium bowl, although you may need to beat the mixture alittle longer to achieve the same results. Add the espresso mixture and blend well. Scrapedown the bowl with the spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (15 to 20 seconds)and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

In the medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to thebutter mixture all at once. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and blend slowly, justuntil there are no more patches of flour. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl.

Add the hazelnuts and chocolate chips and mix on low just until blended. Remove thebowl from the mixer and stir gently a few times with the spatula to make sure the nutsand chips are evenly distributed and there are no patches of unincorporated flour or butterlurking near the bottom of the bowl.

Shape and bake the dough: Divide the dough in half. On a work surfacelightly dusted with flour, gently squeeze and roll each piece to shape into logs about13 inches long. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the logs on the sheetabout 4 inches apart. Press down on the logs, flattening them slightly until they are eachabout 2 inches across the top. Place the second baking sheet under the first (to preventthe bottoms of the logs from browning too quickly). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the logsare firm to the touch and lightly golden brown. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and letthe logs cool completely. (If you attempt to slice them while warm, the chocolate will smearand the cookies will look messy.)

Cut the logs and bake them a second time: Turn the oven down to 275°Fand position two racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Carefully transfer thecookie logs to a cutting surface. Use the serrated knife to slice the logs on a slight diagonalinto cookies ⅛ inch thick. Line the second baking sheet with parchment paper. Place thecookies, cut side down, on the parchment-lined sheets (you'll need both sheets to hold allthe cookies). Toast the cookies in the oven, switching the sheets between the racks androtating each front to back halfway through, for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry and lightly tingedwith color. Transfer to a cooling rack.

While the cookies are toasting, prepare the finishing sugar if you like. Whisk togetherthe superfine sugar and cinnamon in the cleaned medium bowl. As soon as thecookies are out of the oven and on the rack, immediately roll them in the cinnamon sugarand return to the baking sheet to cool completely.

Storing: The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2months. If the cookies soften during storage, re-crisp them

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