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Friday, January 13, 2012

biscotti bites

Some of my friends took me out for a pre-birthday dinner last night. I wanted to bring them some homemade treats, so I decided on something I like to call 'biscotti bites.' They are mini versions of biscotti with bittersweet and white chocolate chips inside, dipped in chocolate.  It was fun and fairly simple to make, and I must say, they were delicious.

going into the oven

last few minutes baking


  •  1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips - for the mixture
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips - for the mixture
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips - to dip
  • 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips - to dip
  • 4 tablespoons of cold butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs - lightly beaten

melted chocolate

the finished product

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Process for a few seconds
  • Add butter and vanilla, and process until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal
  • Add chocolate chips (bittersweet and white - for the mixture) and eggs, and pulse until dough is evenly moistened
  • Divide dough into 4 equal pieces, and press onto pans (with parchment paper) as 'flattened logs'
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and cut into diagonal pieces (however thin/thick you want your biscotti - I recommend fairly thin)
  • Turn all slices on sides and return to oven for 4-5 minutes
  • Take out, and turn slices on the opposite sides, and return to oven for another 4-5 minutes
  • Let cool
  • While cooling, put white and milk chocolate chips into a big bowl, cover, and heat in microwave between 4 and 5 minutes
  • While chocolate is heating, cut each piece of biscotti in half
  • Stir chocolate so it all combines together
  • Dip the ends of each 'bite' of biscotti into the chocolate
  • Place on a plate or pan lined with parchment paper
  • Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes

working on the goodie bags

(And if you're giving them as gifts, as I did, you can place them in small plastic bags, tie with various colors of ribbon, add a little notecard with a hole punch, and it's as easy as that)

off to my birthday dinner I go

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