An easy to make Chocolate Anise Biscotti recipe. These mini twice baked cookies are studded with chocolate chips and dipped in melted dark chocolate for a whole lot of chocolate goodness.
These chocolate anise biscotti are my go to recipe whenever a craving hits for an indulgent Affogato: Drowned Italian Coffee.
They’re studded with dark chocolate chips, with a lovely orange scent and the sweet flavours of both anise extract and ground anise.
Ground anise seeds have a licorice like sweet flavour very similar to star anise. They’re interchangeable in recipes however do purchase them in small quantities as they tend to quickly lose flavour after grinding.
For a little extra indulgence, I decided to coat the biscotti in dark melted chocolate. Get ready to be transported to biscotti heaven dear readers!
It’s a wonderful trifecta of aromatic flavours that work so well together.
Baking with almond flour
Lately I’ve been baking more and more with almond flour as it adds such a lovely flavour to baked goods.
There are benefits to including more of this flour to both sweet and savoury foods as it’s a great way to reduce carbohydrates in our diet.
It’s nutty flavour and light texture makes it a perfect addition to these chocolate anise biscotti.
I have also found that the addition of the almond flour rendered the biscotti much more tender and lighter in texture. These are definitely not the rock hard biscotti that will test the strength of one’s new dental work!
Everything I love about these little morsels are combined in these chocolate anise biscotti. Light and airy with a tender bite. Also, they’re much lower in calories than most cookies.
How to shape mini anise biscotti logs
- Once your biscotti dough is ready, divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
- On a lightly floured work surface and floured hands, roll each portion into a 10 inch log.
- Transfer the logs to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Brush each log with some beaten egg whites.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- After the first bake, allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Once slightly cooled, transfer the logs to a cutting board and slice at a diagonal into 3/4 inch pieces.
- Stand the biscotti upright and return to the oven for a second bake. About 15 minutes more.
- Let the biscotti cool completely before dipping in melted chocolate.
They are really delicious all on their own. However, dunking them in a frothy cappuccino… will surely take you very quickly to biscotti heaven!
Chocolate Anise Biscotti
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon ground anise seeds
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure anise extract
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest from 1 very large orange
- 1 egg white lightly beaten for brushing the logs
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips melted (for dipping)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the all purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, ground anise seeds and chocolate chips. Stir and set aside.
- In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, anise extract and the orange zest.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined and a soft cookie dough has formed.
- With a rubber spatula, scrape the cookie dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal portions
- Roll 1 portion at a time into a 10 inch log.
- Transfer logs to prepared cookie sheet.
- Brush each log with the beaten egg whites. ( A pastry brush is really handy for this)
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, place the cookie sheet on a cooling rack and let it cool for 10 minutes.
- Once slightly cooled, transfer the logs one at a time to a cutting board and slice diagonally about 3/4 inch pieces.
- Return cookies to the cookie sheet, standing them upright for even baking, and return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Let cookies cool on wire rack.
- Once cooled, dip the bottom flat end of biscotti into the melted chocolate.
- Scrape excess chocolate with an offset spatula.
- Place dipped biscotti upright on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Let stand till chocolate is set.
For easier dipping, thin chocolate with a little vegetable oil and stir well.
Biscotti keep very well in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. However in my family they only last a few days.