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Gretchen's Mocha-Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Yield 1 1/2 dozen
In college I was given a fabulous basic biscotti recipe. At the time, I was working part-time at a coffeehouse and decided to sell my biscotti to make a little extra money. I developed about fifteen different flavors and began selling to a number of coffeehouses in town. This was one of my bestsellers.--Gretchen Feldtman

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Swiss-style coffee drink mix (we tested with International Coffee's Suisse Mocha)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate mini-morsels, divided
  • 2 (2-ounce) vanilla candy coating squares
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine egg, egg whites, and vanilla; stir until blended. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir well (mixture will be very crumbly). Stir in 1/2 cup morsels.

  2. Knead mixture on an unfloured surface. Continue to knead until well blended. Shape into a 14" x 4" log on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes.

  3. Cut log diagonally into 3/4"-thick slices with a serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion. Place slices on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 5 minutes; turn cookies over, and bake 5 more minutes. Cool on wire racks.

  4. Microwave candy coating squares in an 11" x 7" baking dish at HIGH 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 cup morsels. Microwave at HIGH 30 seconds; stir well. Dip 1 long side of each biscotti into chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with espresso beans. Let harden.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002