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Mocha-Almond Biscotti

November/December 1992

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In this pretty marbled cookie, one half of the dough is almond-flavored like the traditional biscotti di Prato, and the other half is chocolate/coffee flavored.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I've been making these every year since the recipe first appeared in Eating Well. These cookies have spoiled me for commercially available biscotti. They don't even come close to these. I often get special requests for them. "
Mocha-Almond Biscotti Recipe

Makes: 4 dozen biscotti

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole unblanched almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread almonds on a second baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, egg whites and vanilla in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients; mix just until smooth.
  4. Combine cocoa, instant coffee and water in a small bowl. Divide the dough in half. Add the cocoa mixture and melted chocolate to one half. Mix just until incorporated. Stir almond extract and the almonds into the other half.
  5. Place half of the almond dough on a well-floured work surface. Pat into a 4-by-8-inch rectangle. Top with half of the chocolate dough. Roll up into a cylinder, then roll the cylinder back and forth to form a 14-by-1 1/2 inch log. Repeat with the remaining doughs. Place the logs on a prepared baking sheet. Bake until firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the logs to a rack to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
  6. Cut the logs diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Stand the slices upright on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool before storing.

Nutrition

Per biscotti: 50 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 9 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 42 mg sodium; 18 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate


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Diabetes appropriate
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8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
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Moderate
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Italian
Total Time
More than 1 hour
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