If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t bake desserts. There are no pies or cakes here, an occasional muffin may make it’s way, but not often. But there is one thing I bake, biscotti. I haven’t found anything else as forgiving as biscotti. It doesn’t rise, it’s not supposed to be soft, moist, light, or fluffy – all words that I have trouble with.
So, when this week’s theme for I Heart Cooking Clubs – Giada – was chocolate, I was hoping that she would have a chocolate biscotti recipe. Of course, Giada had a chocolate biscotti recipe, why was I worried? I found this in Giada's Family Dinners, but you can also find it online, though it’s called Chocolate Anise Cookies there.
These were so good. I don’t even like anise all that much, but the flavor was subtle and just right. I only had a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips, so I ended up subbing an equal amount of white chocolate chips. I think it really worked well. Plus it allowed me to use up two small amounts left in bags (I love that!). Using up little bits of things in my pantry makes me ridiculously happy.
Chocolate Anise Biscotti
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Add the ground anise seed and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Form the dough into a 16-inch-long, 3-inch-wide log. Transfer the log to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.
Place the log on the cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.
Makes about two dozen.
This will be my entry for I Heart Cooking Clubs!
And for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!