Monday, March 28, 2011

Coffee-Chocolate Almost-Biscotti Bites

I call these little squares "biscotti" but they are technically not "twice baked."  They are not dry and are actually softer and chewier than traditional biscotti pieces.  But they're not cookie or brownie-textured either.  They are somewhere in the middle which was a refreshing change! 

I really liked these and brought them to a meeting I attended last week.  Those who tasted them seemed to enjoy them.  They definitely have a coffee flavor and leave a coffee taste in your mouth but it's not too overpowering.  Give these a try if they sound like something you'd like.  Or you can just leave out the coffee/espresso and see how they turn out! 

Coffee-Chocolate Almost-Biscotti Bites
(Makes 16 to 32 pieces, depending on how you cut them)

1 stick light butter, cut into pieces
2 cups of unbleached, unenriched flour (I used half white and half wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 T. instant coffee or espresso
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar or sweetener (I used Stevia)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 large egg
1 cup of milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Lightly grease an 13x9 inch (or a 10x15 inch) baking pan. 

Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat.  Stir it occasionally until the color turns darker, about five minutes.  Remove from heat and add in the instant coffee/espresso.  Let the brown butter cool for about two minutes. 

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda and salt.  In a separate smaller bowl, combine the brown butter with wet ingredients - egg, sugars, vanilla extract and almond extract.  Mix well.  Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Be sure they are combined together.  Now gently stir in the chocolate chips.  Scoop out into a lightly greased baking pan.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are brown.  Let it cool for 10 minutes before cutting into rectangles or squares.  I first cut them into 16 rectangles and then went back and cut them in half, making 32 squares.

Enjoy!  These would be great dipped into coffee or tea!   


  1. anything with coffee and chocoalte in it is right up my alley!!! anne

  2. Wow! I've tried making biscotti once and it was really rock hard. I'm not a coffee drinker or hot tea drinker, so they weren't really edible by themselves. I did make some Caramel Macchiato cupcakes at the bakery this morning. They were chocolate cupcakes, with 1/4 tsp of espresso drizzled over the top, topped with an espresso buttercream and drizzled with homemade caramel. Oh my goodness, they were good and I don't even like coffee! :) Sorry that was kind of wild hair comment! :)

  3. I love recipes with easy instructions and easy ingredients, that look and taste good!

  4. Those look really good! Chocolate and coffee is right up my alley!