Sunday, December 14, 2008

Coconut-Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Making biscotti is quite easy once you have tried it once. And the flavor combinations are endless - I used an America's Test Kitchen recipe for this one and changed it to incorporate the flavors I was looking for. If you are looking to change it even more, just play around with the extracts and the add-ins to make your own customized biscotti!

Make sure to let the loaves cool for at LEAST 10 minutes before slicing them to bake again. No cheating here, because your loaves will collapse on themselves if you don't allow the proper cooling time. To make these even prettier - dip the ends in melted chocolate!

Coconut-Chocolate Chip Biscotti
adapted from America's Test Kitchen via Good Things Catered
Makes about 3 dozen

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and smooth, about 2 min. Beat in eggs then the extract. Stir in coconut.

Fold dry ingredients into wet until dough is just mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Halve the dough and turn portions onto prepared baking sheet. Stretch each portion into a rough 13 by 2 in. loaf and pat smooth. Bake about 35 minutes or until the loaves are golden and just beginning to crack on top. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Lower oven temp to 325 degrees and cut each loaf diagonally into 3/4 in. slices. Lay each slice cut-side up on baking sheet and return to oven. Bake, turning each cookie half way through baking for about 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Ready to go into the oven for the first bake (attractive!)...

...and out of the oven ready to be sliced.

I was also just given this "Uber Amazing Blog" award by Priscilla of Priscilla Bakes. Thank you so much!

I would like to pass this award onto two blogs that I have been using a lot of recipes from lately - you ladies deserve this! Congratulations to:

Melissa of Delicious Meliscious and

Elle of Elle's New England Kitchen!


Elle said...

I adore coconut and chocolate chips together! You know, I've never made biscotti, but this seems like a great place to start.

Thank you so much for the award, I'm truly flattered!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh! COCONUT!??!? That's my fave! What a great idea!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look wonderful! Yum!

Maria said...

Coconut! I love it! I have never tried that variation of biscotti before. Nice one!

Anonymous said...

You are too sweet - thank you so much for the award. I really appreciate it! I'm glad you enjoy my blog!

I really need to try making biscotti sometime. This looks great and I, too, love coconut.

Anonymous said...

You are a baking machine! I love it. Thanks for sharing all these lovely things to make!

Darius T. Williams said...

Okay - someone pass me some hot tea!!!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Looks fabulous and I love the coconut addition! Congrats on your award too! :)