Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

My mother completely ruined Oreos for me. Seriously…

When I was a kid, my mother never, and I mean NEVER, bought Oreos. We’re talking the stuff of childhood legends here. The boy next store, Joey, used to tell me he’d give me Oreos (which his mom did in fact buy) if I’d kiss him.

They were SO not worth that…

When I headed off to college I was finally empowered to by my own Oreos and eat as many of them as I dang well pleased. Take that Mom!

Only thing is, I didn’t like them. They kind of tasted like junk. I’d spent so many years eating really good, homemade cookies that Oreos, and indeed all pre-packaged, artificially flavored cookies with a two year shelf life, taste completely revolting to me.

Thank you Mom!

This applies equally across the board to all store bought cookies (except for Keebler Deluxe Grahams– which if you stick in the freezer are the cookie equivalent of crack), especially biscotti. I don’t know why companies think they need to be so hard they break your teeth for them to be dunkable. So not cool…

And like my quest for the perfect scone, I was on a mission to find a biscotti that was somehow moist and crunchy enough to be perfectly suited for dunking all at the same time. Like a great cookie oxymoron, I know.

Luckily, I’m a genius. Or else I just have way too much time on my hands… Don’t judge.

I’ve finally done it – biscotti heaven. Slightly soft and moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and perfect alongside your favorite cup of joe. I’ve already eaten four of them today. Again, don’t judge…

Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

2 oz. dark chocolate
¾ c. sugar
½ c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. all purpose flour
½ hazelnut or almond flour*
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ c. toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped

Grind chocolate and sugar in a food processor until fine.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and chocolate and sugar mixture. Add eggs and vanilla, and blend well. Mix in flour, hazelnut or almond flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until evenly incorporated.

Divide dough into two equal parts and shape each half into a log wrapped in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat and set aside.

Shape dough into two 12” x 2 ½” rectangles on prepared sheet.

Bake 18-22 minutes until set and the edges are VERY light golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes, until firm enough to move.

Slice into ½” slices and return to baking sheet.

Bake 5-7 minutes longer. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack.

*Notes: Hazelnut flour can be a little hard to find sometimes and often costs an arm and a leg when you do find it. You can certainly make your own (for directions, check out this article on Grinding Your Own Flours and Grains on Good Life Eats), or feel free to substitute almond flour or an additional 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. 1

    I loved oreos as a kid, but when I grew up, I realized how artificial they tasted! I’d much rather have your biscotti!

  2. 2

    Not judging but would definitely say you are a genius since these biscotti sound like texture perfection. And I know a thing or two about biscotti; these are always served by my Corsican mother-in-law since they are one of the most served things on the Corsican table. I say things since I shy away from them – they are best put under the mattress of your worst enemy.
    On top of it, yours include chocolate and hazelnuts? Pure genius.

  3. 3

    I love Oreo’s. Can’t find another store bought cookie I like, but a Double Stuffed Oreo – and I am a happy girl. That being said, I only get them like 2 times a year, so maybe that is why I like them :) This biscotti looks heavenly. I love hazelnuts!

  4. 4

    I love biscotti, and yours look delicious. I’ve never seen hazelnut flour, but I did find almond flour. And yes, it’s pretty expensive. I will give this recipe a try!

  5. 5

    these look amazing. love the choco-hazelnut combination!

  6. 6

    Oh Jen…these are sooooo much better than oreos! (I can’t seem to fall back on a store bought cookie any more either!) I struggle with biscotti….so I will definitely give this recipe a try! Glad to see you back! : )

  7. 7

    I wish I hated oreos. These biscotti are totally perfect! Love the chocolate hazelnut combination!!

  8. 8

    I love, love, love biscotti. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make some soon. I even have some almond flour at home!

  9. 9

    You know, you kind of made my mouth drop open here. I’ve never cared for store-bought cookies and just figured it was me until I read this. My mom did the same thing. We just couldn’t afford store-bought sweets so she made everything. And it was much better. Poor Dudette. I do the same thing for her now (because of all the crud they put in foods these days). I wonder if the cycle will continue.

    That being said, I adore hazelnut and these beautiful biscotti are on my to-make list (and soon). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. 10

    Oh, I love biscotti! This coffee shop on my campus in college used to have the best! But this looks like it could absolutely blow that biscotti away! I’ve got to make it soon!

  11. 11

    Got to tell you I have no idea why kids love oreos so much…just like you I would rather pick any homemade cookie than oreo..That being said your biscotti sound and look divine! Love your recipe!

  12. 12

    I don’t mind having oreos, but I certainly can live without them.
    Those biscottis look great!

  13. 13

    This looks much easier to make than many other biscotti recipes I’ve seen. Thank you for sharing.

  14. 14

    Wow, these look amazing! You truly are a genius, LOL! I have to totally agree with you on the packaged cookies. Homemade is so much better. I am probably “ruining” my kids!

  15. 15

    We hardly ever got to have store-bought treats either! The only cookies I can manage to buy are Girl Scout Cookies, when I know full well I could easily make every single type at home =)

    I’ve never tried to make biscotti though, and these sounds perfect with a cup of coffee!

  16. 16

    Lovely biscotti! Love the long shape of them, also the exquisite flavor and the crunchy texture! Great recipe…thanks for sharing, and also for visiting my blog:DDD

  17. 17

    I’m not a big fan of most store bought cookies either. Nothing tops that delicious homemade taste. Beautiful looking biscotti…..I love the dark chocolate and hazelnut flavor.

  18. 18

    Haha your mom knew what’s good for you – at least she made homemade cookies. I’m not giving my kids Oreos or not too much sugary snacks, but I’m not making any homemade ones…. I should be making this delicious biscotti! This looks delicious and I love to have it with coffee!

  19. 19

    Funny story about the Oreos! Biscotti take quite some time to bake but so worth it. I also make my own nut flour and store them in the freezer for optimum freshness.

  20. 20

    Biscotti is one of my weaknesses! And it’s chocolate.

    I will be making biscotti now…soon. I can feel it. 😉

  21. 21

    Confession… I really love Oreos… but NOT as much as I know I’d love these biscotti! Thanks for sharing 😀

  22. 22

    It sounds like your mom was watching out for you! I unfortunately lived on junk food for a while but as soon as I started eating homemade treats I haven’t turned back. I’ve never made biscotti though! Im going to have to change that and try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  23. 23

    Well I do and still do love oreos…but these biscotti of yours would win them over any day :)

  24. 24

    Amazing, truly. I have tried several times to make biscotti and every time it is a fail…They look and sound amazing!

  25. 25

    Oreos are oreos but your biscotti are amazing.
    Best adult snack with fresh coffee:) Lovely presentation too.

  26. 26

    LOVE me some biscotti! AND lucky for me, no one else in my family seems to really like it, so it’s MINE. ALL MINE!!!


    Sorry. Your post just looks *so good* I got a little carried away. Forgive me.

  27. 27

    Those look awesome! Great picture! Sadly, with a nut allergy in our family I won’t be able to bake this treat but they sure do look wonderful!

    My mom was the same way with buying store bought treats whether it was sugary cereals or Oreos. When we did get to eat them it was a huge treat! I do the same with my kids lol. I’d rather bake them something than buy it.

  28. 28

    Dont you hate when you want to indulge on something premade that looks amazing just to find it tastes like cardboard??? Ticks me off.
    This biscotti sounds amazing. I am a biscotti snob – never liking it too crispy in the center, so this sounds perfect!

  29. 29

    I agree… nothing tastes better than homemade baked goods. This biscotti looks wonderful. I am not the best baker, but I’m trying hard to learn to love scratch baking. So I look to my fellow bloggers to encourage me and you certainly have done that with this lovely recipe. : )

  30. 30

    My family loves Oreos, but I’m with you…ick. Unless they’re in a pie crust :) Your biscotti, on the other hand, look amazing. I would have trouble stopping after 4~

  31. 31

    I love homemade biscotti; you’re flavor dus sounds sinfully decadent – yum!

  32. 32

    I used to love oreos but still, nothing beats home made cookies, cakes and biscottis. I have only made biscottis a few times but yours look like they would be perfect with my hot cocoa 😀

Please leave some comment love!