August 27, 2008

Brownie Biscotti for Kristina

Earlier this week I had to leave my car at the shop to have my gas tank replaced. How frustrating to have a leak of one of the most expensive things to have to buy! Not to mention, it sure wasn't cheap to have it replaced either! Anyway, I dropped my car off at the shop and my son and his wife picked me up from the shop and took me home. My boy is great to his mom - he's letting me drive his car until I get mine back!

On the way home that evening Justin informed me that Kristina would like me to make her some brownie biscotti with macadamia nuts! Well, of course, it made me happy to have Kristina request something special from me! It means she likes it!

Last evening I decided was the time to make her biscotti and I will get them to her today! I forgot that these were really easy to put together - and now that I have made them for her, I think I need to make some for us! Maybe even some to take to the office! Despite the fact that I was too tired for the cooling and longer baking process, they turned out just as they should. Crunchy and delicious!

Brownie Biscotti

1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I used chopped macadamia nuts)
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tablespoon water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Dough will be stiff, so mix in the last bit by hand. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Divide dough into two equal parts. Shape into 9x2x1 inch loaves. Place onto baking sheet 4 inches apart. Brush with mixture of water and yolk. (I made just one big log, not two separate ones)

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Cool on baking sheet for 30 minutes. (I was too tired, I didn't wait for it to cool - I carefully cut the logs and threw them back in the oven for the next step below and then only did one baking, not two. I was having a hard time staying awake!!)

Using a serrated knife, slice the loaves diagonally into 1 inch slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet, placing them on their sides. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until dry. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


  1. These look really good, and macadamia nuts are a perfect addition. I love when people request things from me as well, it makes you feel so special that they like it enough to ask for it.

  2. My customers are going to love these!- Edlear

  3. They look great, perfect fot the brownie lovers! Now we can dunk our brownies in the coffee!

  4. I have never made biscotti. I'll have to give it a try!

  5. thank you for the biscotti! they are delicious. i really think you should consider opening a bakery in canton, i would be a frequent customer! you could make cookie, muffins, danishes, biscotti... all kinds of yummy things! ;)

    ~ kristina

  6. I've been a long time lurker but this recipe sounds so wonderful that I must simply leap from the shadows. I am going to go whip up a batch right now!

  7. Oh how cool, brownie biscotti, I love the idea. Dipped in coffee, how yummy that would be.

  8. I just made biscotti today too! I love the idea of chocolate biscotti with macadamia - sounds so delicious!

  9. I love my chocolate chip biscotti recipe but your recipe is definitly tempting me. To go with that coffee drink you made that I swear I'm gonna make. :)

  10. I love biscotti, but never had a brownie biscotti. Sounds and looks delicious!

  11. Of course Kristina likes you and I like you too but I guess I'll have to bake my own :-) (just kidding). I love biscotti with coffee. I am certainly going to try these. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  12. Don't you love it when you get does the heart good:D

  13. Thanks everyone! AND a special thanks for Kristina for leaving me a comment, it made me smile real big!! I wish I could open that bakery in Canton!

    Pamela, welcome and I'm glad you came out of lurking to make a comment! That made me smile too!

  14. That's a good recipe, I made it last x-mas in my pre-vegan days. It went over well. your's look very yummy!

  15. Lucky Kristina - these look delicious!

  16. they look wonderful! wish I could pop over for one and a cup of coffee!!

  17. What a tempting recipe and photo! Macadamia nuts and chocolate make such great combination!

  18. Yum. I still have the brownie bug, I may have to try these now also....

  19. I was going to make a biscotti today (basically vanilla with chips) but then I saw this. Looks great.

    I was thinking of sending them a gift to my sister. How long do you think they will keep. I've always read that biscotti keep well but wasn't sure if that was a specific type, say made with oil or something. If I ship them do you think they will be ok? Many thanks.... off to check out the blog.

  20. Anonymous:

    Biscotti keep very well so they would be ideal for shipping!


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