Italian Biscotti With Chocolate and Almonds

Estelle  Chait
by Estelle Chait
12-16 cookies
35 min

Crumbly biscotti with white wine, chocolate, and dried cranberries. Tinged with sugared orange and crunchy almonds. Slightly burnt, and soft & tender inside… These really are the perfect Italian Biscotti.

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These cookies are like a whole meal. Nice and tummy-filling from the almond flour and thick with decorations, I like to eat these for lunch. Not after lunch, but FOR lunch. (when I make cookies I eat lots of cookies, FYI).

While whipping these up for the first time, my mother came over. I could tell by the look on her face when she saw me packing them away that I should stop in my tracks because they weren’t going to stay packed away for long.

I baked these on a non stick Silpat baking mat.

Biscotti really are quite simple to make, and these are no exception. They don’t need to chill, or be twice baked. It’s really just mix, shape, cut, and bake. Then eat. and eat. and eat.

These biscotti also hold together and are longer-lasting, so they make great gifts. Tie them up with pretty ribbon, place in little boxes, and become the neighbour everyone wants to have.

Where did these Italian Jewish Biscottis come from?

*Originating from the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, these biscotti are traditionally called “Pizza Ebraica”.

*Don’t worry this is a bar cookie, not a pizza. (Pizza, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition- when the Jews came to Rome- simply meant “pie”, without inclining towards a sweet or savoury meal dish.)

*Called the favourite dessert of Pope Benedict XVI.

What will you find in this bar biscotti?

Mmmmmm… caramelised sugars, just-burnt raisins and cranberries, candied fruits, and chocolate. I added flavours here- these are not the traditional Pizza Ebraica! If I am making a biscotti it is going to have chocolate in it thank you very much.

Let’s see some photos of the process..

add decorations..

Shape the dough into a log…

Slice up the log…

Eye candy.

Separate the cookies so the edges can get nice and crisp..

I hope you enjoy these Italian Biscotti! Please say hello and tag your creations on Insta with estee_bestie.

Lots of love, Estee

Italian Biscotti With Chocolate and Almonds
Recipe details
  • 12-16  cookies
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour 170 grams
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes 25 grams
  • 2 cups white flour 300 gram
  • 1/2 cup demarara sugar 98 gram
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 100 gram
  • 1/4 cup sugared orange peel cubed
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Place wine and raisins in a bowl to soak for 10 minutes. This plumps the raisins up so they don’t shrivel and dry out while baking.
In a bowl, combine almond four, ground coconut, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
Add in oil and mix to combine.
Remove the raisins from the wine and slowly add in the wine. (pour in about 3/4 of the wine and mix. if the dough is soft and ready you may not need to add it all(although I did). Mix until a soft dough forms.
Add in the raisins, cranberries, almonds, orange peel, and chocolate chips. Mix.
Preheat oven to 220 celsius. Gather the dough into a ball and place it on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Shape the dough into a long rectangle- keep it thick, about 24 cm x 18 cm.
Using a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into about 12-16 slices. If you want smaller square-sized biscotti you can then cut each cookie into half. Slightly separate the biscotti and touch up any rough edges. Sprinkle the tops lightly with demarara sugar.
Bake for 10 minutes on the lower oven shelf, then switch to the middle shelf to continue baking for another 5-10 minutes(depending on your oven, mine took a total of 12 min). When the cookies look SLIGHTLY burnt, and the raisins DO look burnt, they're ready! Don't worry, the inside will stay nice and soft. Eat these with coffee, as snacks, or tie up with string and give as gifts!
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  • Annie Annie on Aug 11, 2021

    Where would i find sugared orange peel?

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    • Estelle  Chait Estelle Chait on Aug 13, 2021

      I get it in the section of the grocery store where they sell dried fruits and nuts. I’m sure you could check online as well

  • Jody Benge Jody Benge on Aug 11, 2021

    What can one use in place of the wine? I am also not familiar with demarara sugar. I wish you had put the measurements in Imperial ( US measurement system) as well as metric. However, I will figure it out, because these sound so easy and especially scrumptious. Love the fact that they do not have to be baked twice. I cannot wait to make, eat and share them.

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    • Pat Pat on Aug 11, 2022

      Try orange juice in place of the wine.