Monday, April 14, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Biscotti

So here it is - the seventh (and final) biscotti recipe.  (For a while anyway.)   This recipe from inthelittleredhouse.blogspot is a doosey and a great way to end biscotti week.  It's more like a dessert than a breakfast cookie but it's delicious - none the less.  Even though I sent these biscotti to my dad for his birthday, this recipe has my mom's name written ALL over it!  (Let's hope dad shares a few.)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Biscotti
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons), browned
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cups chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

Position racks evenly in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. 
Line 3 baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.

Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally. Continue to cook until the butter browns and gets a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and pale yellow, about 2 minutes.

Gradually add the sugar while beating.
Then slowly add the butter and vanilla until evenly mixed, about 30 seconds more.

Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.

While mixing slowly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, in 2 additions, mixing just until absorbed. 

Fold in the peanuts and chocolate pieces.

Divide the dough evenly into thirds, and put each portion in the center of a baking sheet. Shape the dough with slightly wet hands into logs about 2-inches wide and 15 inches long. 

Bake until set and brown around the edges, about 25 to 30 minutes. (For even baking take care to rotate the pans-- top to bottom and front to back--about half way though.) Cool logs on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board.  Cut logs crosswise, with a long serrated knife at about a 45 degree angle, into 1/2-inch thick cookies.

Place cookies cut side down on the baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Flip the cookies over and bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Cool biscotti on the baking sheets.

I suggest that you enjoy these biscotti with a tall glass of milk.  (That would be lactose free milk in your case dad.)  I think you'll agree that these biscotti taste just like a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie.  Be careful though - they're addicting.

 I think I'm running out of new ways to photograph biscotti.


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