Cherry almond chocolate chip biscotti is a wonderful treat with a cup of tea or coffee. It makes a wonderful gift during the holidays, too!
Perfect with a cup of coffee, biscotti is crisp and crunchy and meant for dipping into an afternoon cup of coffee or espresso. This biscotti is loaded with dried cherries, chocolate chips and almonds. Biscotti is not really a quick cookie, as it’s a two-step process. The steps are a little different too, a cross between making cookies and pie dough. Mix the dry ingredients and butter in a food processor.
Then add eggs and flavorings, dough will be stiff.
Fold in the cherries, almonds and chocolate chips. I find it’s easier to mix it all by hand.
Divide into two parts.
Form into two long longs about 14″ long, about 1″ high by 2″ wide.
Bake the logs.
Allow to cool, then slice and bake again, cutting them in 3/4″ pieces.
This cherry almond chocolate chip biscotti stores well, making it a perfect cookie for sending across the country. Make a double batch and share with friends.
Here’s the recipe for the biscotti. Enjoy!
Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter chilled and cut into pieces
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 6 ounces dried cherries
- 1 cup almonds coarsely chopped and toasted
- 2 large eggs
- 5 tablespoons Amaretto or almond liqueur
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment or silpat (sliicone baking sheets)
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a food processor. Pulse to mix.
- Add butter and process until mixture resembles corn meal.
- Beat eggs, liqueur and extract in a bowl, and add to flour mixture, pulse a few times until blended.
- Mix in chips, cherries and almonds. If dough is too stiff, mix in by hand.
- Form into 2 long logs about 2" wide and about an inch high.
- Chill until dough is firm. About 20 minutes.
- Bake logs at 350*F. for about 30 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire rack until cool.
- Cut logs into 3/4" wide slices. Bake, cut side down, for 10-12 minutes on each side. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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