Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

Tender, elegant and sophisticated Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti, studded with semi-sweet chocolate chunks and pine nuts and a generous sprinkle of turbinado sugar for some extra love.

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

If you have been following along for a while then you probably know by now how much I adore biscotti! There simply is no holiday or special occasion without at least one form or flavor of biscotti.

These Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti are adapted from Anna Olsen’s cookbook “Another Cup Of Sugar” and have graced my holiday cookie platter for many years now and are everything I adore in a good biscotti! In my opinion they are the absolute “ultimate biscotti”.

For those not familiar with Anna Olsen, she is Canada’s Food Network star and one of the few shows I watch religiously

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

These biscotti are a far cry from the rock hard variety sold at most coffee shops as those are usually made without butter and are more suited for dunking in order to render edible.

What also sets them apart from the other varieties is that after the initial first bake of 30 minutes they are slightly cooled, sliced and returned to the oven with the oven turned off and allowed to dry out this way for an additional 30 minutes. So in fact they really only get one bake.

Most noteworthy here is that the cornmeal plays a large part in keeping the biscotti ever so tender.

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

There is much to adore about these biscotti! They are rich in butter and chocolate flavor, with a fudge like appearance when fresh out of the oven

Deliciously speckled with tender roasted pine nuts and chocolate chunks with a slight crunch from the cornmeal. A generous sprinkle of sugar crystals for a festive appeal and a lovely almond flavor coming through in every tender bite!

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti

I love baking both variations and serving them together for a stunning display of biscotti bliss as they are truly a wonderful finale after a special meal.

Most enjoyable with a tall glass of milk or for a more grownup appeal serve them with a small glass of aged Porto as my hubby prefers! Or a big glass of Porto, whatever works for you…I will not judge 🙂

Ciao, happy baking and until the next cookie 🙂

 

SWITCH UP FOR THE PINE NUT BISCOTTI:

Follow recipe as indicated except omit the 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and replace it with all purpose flour. The total amount of all purpose flour will then be 3 1/3 cups of flour for the pine nut biscotti.

Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti
 
These rich and decadent Chocolate Pine Nut Biscotti have a tender texture and are the perfect finish to any elegant meal.
Author:
Recipe type: Biscotti
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used dutch dark cocoa)
  • ⅓ cup durum semolina flour or ( fine corn meal )
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt ( I used fine sea salt )
  • 1¼ cups lightly toasted pine nuts
  • ¾ cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 tablespoons of water, for egg wash (brushing over the unbaked logs)
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling over the unbaked logs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream together the butter with both sugars for a couple of minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, until each is fully incorporated.
  5. Stir in both the vanilla and almond extracts.
  6. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, durum semolina and the salt.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir just until blended. You will have a soft dough.
  8. Stir in the pine nuts along with the chocolate chunks until evenly distributed.
  9. Transfer the dough onto a floured work space and divide in two.
  10. With floured hands roll out the dough into a 12 inch log and transfer to the prepared cookie sheet. (At this point, it helps to have the cookie sheet nearby for easy transfer)
  11. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  12. The dough will spread during baking so make sure they are 2 inches apart.
  13. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the biscotti logs with the egg wash.
  14. Sprinkle generously with the turbinado sugar.
  15. Bake for 30 minutes. When ready the tops should feel firm to the touch.
  16. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  17. Transfer the logs to a cutting board and slice each log, one at a time, into ½ inch slices.
  18. Place the sliced biscotti, upright, onto the baking sheet.
  19. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and turn the oven off.
  20. Keep in the oven for 30 minutes. As the oven cools the biscotti will slowly dry out.
Notes
Recipe is adapted from "Another Cup of Sugar" by Anna Olsen

 

 

28 Comments

  1. I will be making this one as well. Your biscotti are wonderful.

  2. Look so yummy…my dads favorites❤️ I’ll try some for him

  3. Love the combination of pine nuts and chocolate. Great idea! 🙂

  4. I love that coarse sugar on top. I can tell the texture of these biscotti is just perfect. Great job!

  5. This recipe is so very different than what I’ve had…they sound great with the pine nuts.

  6. Oh your biscottis are just perfectly looking… as usual, of course!

  7. so many good biscotti recipes, so little time! These look fantastic, Marisa.

  8. Marisa, after a marathon week of biscotti baking, I thought I was finished BUT I must make these. Printing out the recipe as I type. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Bella, I promise you will not be disappointed, it’s a fabulous recipe to add to your repertoire! Do let me know how they turn out….I value your opinion😊❤️

  9. You’re so right about hard biscotti in coffeeshops. Also glad you’re using the word biscuits/biscotti properly, because it should only be used to describe cookies that are baked twice. I like your alternate version with pine nuts and chocolate. My favorite are the original with almonds. When I bake them, people are always surprised they’re not the tooth-breaking kind 😉

  10. Wonderful recipe, Marissa. I’m in agreement with both you and Stefan regarding the rock hard biscotti. How did these become the norm? I do intend to save your recipe but won’t be baking any biscotti this season. I’ve a few dental appts to make and I won’t be eating cookies of any kind for a little while. Not to worry. There are plenty of other opportunities to bake and enjoy these beauties in the year ahead and I intend to take full advantage. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Yikes, dental appointments, I feel your pain already! Good luck with those! Any day would be a special day to bake a good biscotti and I have no doubt that you will be trying them soon. Thanks for your comment John 😊

  11. Very beautiful biscotti and what a great gift these would make! Thanks for sharing and Cheers.

    • They do indeed make a great gift, my colleagues are always delighted to receive them! Thanks for dropping by and cheers to you Teresa, enjoy the holidays 🙂

  12. Just love your chocolate pine nut biscotti, Marissa! 🙂 My better half and I love biscotti but have always had it outside. I can’t wait to try these at home.
    As a token of appreciation, I’ll be sharing this recipe link as the Recipe of the Day on our Facebook group ‘Recipe Repertoire’ (a group uniting food bloggers and food lovers). Congrats and do join and have a look at https://www.facebook.com/groups/703073099864104/