{Joyous} Nutella Biscotti

by Holly on December 23, 2010

in holidays,recipes

To me, Christmas time is synonymous with baking time.

There is something about the joyous holiday season that beckons you – no, demands you! – to enter the kitchen; pull out all the sugar, butter and flour you can find; and bake until you’ve successfully been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

And if you can come up with a way to include Nutella in the mix, then all the better.

Because Nutella makes everything better.

This I know for certain.

I mean, how can you not want to include this chocolate hazelnut spread in everything you make? Sometimes when I am at work and supposed to be helping citizens with their real life problems, I am actually imagining new ways of incorporating Nutella in my everyday life that doesn’t involve my unoriginal yet favorite way, which is dipping my stubby fingers directly into the jar.

Today, I came up with another: biscotti.

Nutella Biscotti
adapted from Gingerbread Biscotti at Running to Slow Things Down

2 cups flour
1 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/3 cup Nutella (or other hazelnut chocolate spread)
1/2 cup dark chocolate-roasted almonds (regular works too)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift your dry ingredients together. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients, along with the Nutella. If you “accidentally” add more than 1/3 cup,  I wouldn’t judge you.

With a spatula, gently mix until the dough comes together.

Have no fear.

It may look crumbly, but two things are going to fix that: your hands.

Add in the almonds, and dig your appendages in.

Knead the dough several times on a lightly floured surface until it comes together.

Divide the dough into two equal pieces, and form two rectangles approximately 10″ x 4″. The dough should be roughly 3/4″ to 1″ in thickness. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and firm in the middle.

Take your biscotti out of the oven, and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

Slice your two loaves into 3/4″ wide pieces, and place them back on your pan.

Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes per side until the biscotti is hard to the touch.

TWSS?

Let the biscotti cool, which is by far going to be the hardest part of this whole process.

Or, you can just eat one anyways and burn the roof of your mouth, which is what I usually do.

Despite what it may look like, you will actually find these biscotti are not overly sweet or chocolatey. Instead, the cinnamon gives the biscotti a rich depth of flavor (a certain je ne se quois, if you will) and the texture is spot-on crunchy.

If you find yourself in diabetic shock because you’ve eaten too many of these, I recommend curling up in a blanket next to your tree and watching “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything…

{ 21 comments }

VeggieGirl December 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

You are a baking GENIUS.

Maren December 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Merry (almost) Christmas Holly!!!!

Jess December 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

OH WOW, oh wow, oh wowwwww. That looks amazing!!

Amber December 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Those sounds very yummy!

Dana @ my little celebration December 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

What could possibly be bad about nutella biscotti? Uhhh, nothing. Merry Christmas Holly!

katie December 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

OH girl this sounds amazingggggg!
MERRRY CHRISTMAS BEAUTIFUL GIRL!

Katie December 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Can you taste the nutella? I don’t like to dillute the nutella you know? I prefer it in its unadulturated state. On a spoon.

crunchy granola gal December 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

what a lovely holiday gift this is! believe it or not, I’m not. Nutella fan in its pure form, but this looks amazingly delicious. I’m gonna have to come up with something to rival this for our sweets exchange. Oh man… this is gonna be a hard one. and I purposefully used the word hard, cuz let’s hope that’s what she always said. on that, I’m signing off.

courtney December 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

these look soooooo good! and somethign chocolatey and nutty to enjoy with coffee which is even better!! Your writing is the best! You always have me laughing. love.it.

Matt December 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

That looks glorious…

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Yum! These look delicoius!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I am with Katie/makingstuff. I dont want to dilute that goodness. Which is why i never bake/cook with things like nutella or expensive nut butters. I use the cheap crap. And reserve the good stuff for the back of a knife or spoon :)

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Alright, so Nutella is candy in a jar..so these are basically like candy sticks of pure yummy, right? :)

Lauren December 24, 2010 at 5:40 am

Mmmm, Nutella in anything would be fantastic!!! And biscotti is my favorite kind of cookie so I’m guessing I would love these.

Little Bookworm December 24, 2010 at 5:58 am

That recipe sounds great! Hope you have a great day tomorrow! :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

Oh yum! You just brought biscotti to a whole new level. Love it! :D

Merry Christmas Eve! :D

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

i am very very excited to team up with sofia and send you some goodies! although i’m not sure anything we make can top nutella biscotti…. good work girl!

glidingcalm December 24, 2010 at 10:01 am

those look awesome!!
I have never tried baking biscotti, but you may have just inspired me!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS BEAUTIFUL HOLLY!!

so much love! :D

Megan (Braise The Roof) December 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Smart idea! I haven’t bought a jar of Nutella in WAY too long. Probably owing to the fact that no one in close proximity to my everyday life likes Nutella (I know, it’s so so wrong) and I can’t be trusted with a whole jar all to myself. :) Merry Christmas Eve!

Rose December 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm

i’m a legitimate NUTELLA ADDICT.
my friends know for a fact that i basically can’t go a week without eating nutella- i start to get on edge.
i first discovered it two summers ago when i was in europe and thats basically all i ate (that and paella and lots of gelato) the entire time i was there.
it was divine.
i understand. i do i do.
im going to watch it’s a wonderful life for the first time tonight, and i hope that i like it as much as you do!

brandi December 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

anything with nutella is fine with me :) these look SO good, Holly!

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