Cherry Chocolate Chip Biscotti combine sweet, tart cherries with dark chocolate for a crispy cookie that pairs so well with your favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!
Biscotti isn’t something I grew up eating and baking. I really only discovered it in my adulthood. I tend to make biscotti that’s nicely crisp but not so much that you can’t enjoy them without dunking them in coffee, tea, or other hot beverage. I’m usually a fan of softer cookies in general, but biscotti are one of my crispy cookie exceptions.
The simplicity of baking biscotti is pretty amazing. You simply make the dough, shape it into a rectangle, and bake it briefly. After that, slice it and bake some more. That’s it!
That is the case with this Cherry Chocolate Chip Biscotti recipe as well. It’s really easy to make, but I will give you a couple of tips. When you’re shaping the dough for its first round in the oven, try to make a rectangle with the dimensions in the recipe, but don’t try to be perfect. Use those dimensions as a general guideline. And if you’re not so good at estimating dimensions (like me), then a ruler will help you immensely. The dough is a bit sticky, too, so a little flour on you fingertips will help you shape it more easily.
When it’s time to cut the biscotti for the second round of baking, you can cut it horizontally or at a slight angle. Either way is perfectly fine. Horizontal cuts will make for more uniform pieces. Diagonal cuts will be fairly uniform, but you will get a couple of shorter pieces from the ends. It’s just one of those personal preference things.
I can’t tell you about these biscotti without mentioning the flavor. Chocolate and cherries are a classic combination, and they work brilliantly together here. For my tastes, I prefer dried cherries with chocolate versus their fresh counterparts. The tartness and chewiness is a wonderful complement to the dark chocolate.
I love to bake biscotti most any time, but there’s something about the holiday season that makes me want to bake batch after batch. Perhaps it’s the thought of dunking it into my favorite hot chocolate (no coffee for me!), or maybe it’s that they make an excellent homemade gift.