Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

I have a new addiction. No, it’s not biscotti (that’s definitely an addiction, but nothing new).

For the past couple of weeks, every night, about 30 minutes before I get into bed, I stick an electric blanket under my sheets and crank it on high….gaaah!! It’s amazing. I no longer have to wait for my body heat to warm up the cold bed. The sheets are SO toasty and warm. I literally fall asleep within minutes. My husband is a night owl and always comes to bed hours after me, so I’ve never been able to rely on his body heat – but really, by “night owl” I mean he hasn’t turned into a pumpkin by 9pm.

Electric blanket, I love you. Please don’t short-circuit and burn down my house. πŸ™‚

Ok, now we can talk about my other addiction.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

My love for biscotti is strong. One of my favourite things in the world is dunking that hard cookie into a cup of coffee, softening it up and munching it. It turns my coffee drinking into a whole experience – one that is much more civilized than my usual slamming a cup back while simultaneously dressing a toddler and slapping foundation on.

My usual go-to recipe is this almond-vanilla biscotti, but since we’re in the season of indulgence I thought it only prudent to make a super chocolate, dunkable cookie. With a touch of peppermint.

These particular cookies aren’t too hard, so you can easily eat them without dunking, but you’d be missing out big time!

If you’ve never made biscotti before, don’t be intimidated. Yes, they’re twice baked, but the second baking is only 15 minutes long! One tip I would give to you during the whole log-shaping exercise is to use a ruler! It ensures both logs are equal dimensions and takes the eyeball guess-work out of the picture.

These cookies were my second offering for my group cookie exchange, along with my holiday twix bars. Since I made a double batch, I also plan on gifting some to a few lucky neighbours and pre-school teachers. I love how you can wrap up biscotti in a pretty cookie bag and tie it with a bow. It’s a nice alternative to a Tupperware of cookies (which I definitely wouldn’t say no to).

If you’re looking for a fun alternative for a cookie exchange, or you just want a batch of chocolate biscotti for your morning coffee, I’ve got your back.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

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Yield 40 biscotti

A super chocolately twice-baked cookie with a touch of peppermint flavour and a sprinkling of crushed candy cane. They're dunkable and gift-able!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperatureΒ 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz chocolate, melted (for drizzling)
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint hard candy (6-7 candy canes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Β 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, combine the sugar and butter together and mix on medium-high until the butter is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between. Add the vanilla and peppermint and mix on low until combined. With the mixer continuously running on low, slowly adding the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand with a large wooden spoon.
  4. Divide the dough into two, and shape each portion into a 12 x 4" (about 1" high) log on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let the biscotti rest for 20 minutes before removing to a cutting board and slicing the biscotti, on the diagonal, into 1" slices.* The more you angle your knife while slicing, the longer your biscotti will be.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 F and prepare two lined baking sheets. Place the cut pieces of biscotti, cut side up, onto the baking sheets and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove, and allow the biscotti to cool completely before drizzling the cookies with melted chocolate and crushed candy.

Biscotti will keep at room temperature, in an air-tight container for 2 weeks, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

  1. In order to prevent crumbling while cutting, fill a spray bottle with room temperature water and lightly spritz all over the baked biscotti, then leave them to sit for aboutΒ 5 minutes before using your knife to cut slices. The water will soften up the crust just enough that it won’t crumble on you!

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You may also love to try these chocolate dipped almond-vanilla biscotti!

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35 Comments

  1. Making these immediately! I haven’t had biscotti in ages and love ANYTHING chocolate / peppermint. Cracking up at your little note to your electric blanket. πŸ˜‰

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I’m going electric blanket shopping tomorrow πŸ™‚ These look FABULOUS! When my sister and I were growing up, our grandma always make skorpe, which is sort of the Swedish version of biscotti. Dunking it in tea for breakfast was a must! It really is a whole experience, and far preferable to breaking your jaw on a crunchy cookie. I love that these are on the softer side though! Have a great weekend!

  3. I know what you mean about the electric blanket! It’s the best! Your biscotti looks divine, all chocolatey. I’ve never had biscotti that wasn’t crunchy, so I need to try this!! Peppermint gives it that Christmas feel…ahhhh!!! Ready to dunk! πŸ™‚

  4. I loooooooove my electric blanket!!! Can’t survive winter without it lol. This biscotti looks yummy. I love making biscotti!!

  5. marcie@flavorthemoments

    That electric blanket sounds lovely! Biscotti is one of my biggest weaknesses too, not to mention chocolate and peppermint! I need to make these and do some serious dunking. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, these would make fantastic gifts for family and friends! I think everyone loves a good biscotti to dunk in their hot beverage ;)! And I hear ya on the love for your electric blanket! I do the same thing everyone night! Nothing better than a cold night snuggled up with flannel bed sheets and an electric blanket!!

  7. Oh my goodness I saw an electric blanket at Costco the other day and I was so tempted to get it!! It gets so cold in my living room that I usually need to wrap myself in a blanket when I am watching TV. An electric blanket would be so wonderful! Now onto your Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti – I love the holiday twist on it! And using a ruler is so smart! I have never made biscotti before, but if/when I do, I will definitely do that! πŸ™‚

    • Aah you totally should have bought it!! it is SO wonderful – you will have to put it on your Christmas list! Thank you!! It’s soo good – I’m a little sad as I only have 2 left, so I’ll have to make some more soon! I hope you try biscotti soon! Cheers!

  8. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Haha, you’re funny with your electric blanket, Katherine! Sometimes I feel I need one while I’m on the bus πŸ™‚ But there’s nothing funny about these biscotti – seriously Christmas treat. I used to think it was hard to make them (Also I would think thanks to long baking they were very dry and hard kind of cookies). However, when I tried them first time two years back, I was surprised how easy and delicious they were. Well done!

    • Ooh maybe you can get one with a battery, so you can take it on the bus πŸ™‚ There wouldn’t be anything weird about it, I promise. There is a LONG bake time for sure with biscotti, but so worth it! And nothing hard at all. Thank you so much Ben!

  9. I’ll raise you one: a heating pad beneath me and a heated blanket on top of me. HA! I’m a super baby about the cold. Just as warm and cozy on a soul level? This biscotti. I never “got” biscotti til I tried it homemade. This is a beautiful version!

  10. I am with you! My love for biscotti is strong too! And this flavor combination has my heart skipping a beat! Love!!!

  11. Biscotti are my favorite cookies to bake! These sound amazing Kathy..Love the touch of peppermint which make them perfect for the Christmas season! Also, thanks for the tip on cutting them…I am always wondering what I should do to prevent them from crumbling so much while cutting!

  12. Biscotti is one of my favorite things to gift for the holidays Katherine! I love the chocolate peppermint combo too! Thanks for sharing!

  13. As a passionate lover of biscotti, this is a recipe which I have to try, Katherine. Awesome recipe for people with a sweet tooth, like me πŸ™‚

  14. I have an addiction…to double chocolate anything! I’ll take a boatload of these biscotti with a pitcher of coffee, please. Don’t worry about sending me an electric blanket cos I’ve got two big dogs in bed with me & hubby’s & they are the best heaters around! πŸ™‚

  15. Electric blankets are the best, right? Though we don’t need it as much in California, I love a toasty blanky:) My daughter loves chocolate-peppermint anything and always complains that I don’t make her enough treats. This should satisfy all her cravings!!! I could totally see myself enjoying this with a cup of joe and a warm blanket.

  16. I’ve never used an electric blanket before and now I’m wondering if I should ask Santa for one (wonder if it’s too late πŸ˜‰ ?) I love the room cooler and bed warm! I am totally digging this biscotti, my friend, and definitely making over the holidays. One of my favourite combos is mint and chocolate so I would eat these up soooooo fast!! Plus, I literally have all the ingredients on hand so there’s no excuse! Pinned! Hope you’re having a lovely week! XO

  17. I don’t have an electric blanket but fleece sheets are the next best thing. I am ALWAYS cold. Regular sheets don’t provide enough warmth but fleece sheets keep me nice and toasty, so much so that I have to kick them off sometimes. I love the chocolate and peppermint comboβ€”so perfect for the holidays. This is something I would love to make AND receive!

  18. Oh dear ! Now I understand πŸ™‚ LOL Thank you so much !

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  20. all of your addictions sound awesome. toasty blankets, crunchy chocolate mint biscotti, yes please!!

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