Pair your morning, afternoon, and evening cups of coffee with a Mocha Biscotti, a chocolate cookie with a deep coffee flavor, for a little something special.
Today marks my last recipe for #ChristmasCookies Week. I’ve been busy bookmarking and pinning all sorts of wonderful Christmas cookies to make this month, and next year, and the year after that…. there has been so many amazing cookies this week! That again to Ellen at Family Around the Table for hosting this event. If you haven’t already, you can enter to win the giveaway for a prize pack from our sponsor, Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavors – a set of their pure flavors: 2-oz. each of Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Almond, Chocolate, Coffee, Rose Water, and Orange Blossom Water. I’ve used a number of their products, and I can’t recommend them enough. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
I’m not sure if it’s the dreary weather or what, but lately, my afternoon cup of tea or coffee has become essential to making it through the day. Adding a cookie to that afternoon pick-me-up definitely makes the afternoon meetings, emails, and planning sessions much easier to get through.
And since I posted kid-friendly recipes earlier this week, I knew I had to post a little something that would have more appeal to adults this holiday season. These biscotti have a wonderful chocolate-coffee flavor, with just a hit of toffee, which I chose to add instead of a more traditional nut. Softer than store-bought biscotti, these cookies are delightful on their own or dunked in a warm coffee or cocoa. These cookies were a happy addition to my breakfasts and afternoon snacks this week.
What cookie are you most excited about making this year? Is it a new recipe or an old, well-loved standby?
4 tsp. instant coffee (I like Starbucks Via, 4 packets)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. toffee pieces, mini chocolate chips, slivered almonds, or other desired mix-ins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar, eggs, melted butter, instant coffee and vanilla extract on medium-low speed until well blended. Add in flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder, mixing on low speed until almost completely mixed. Scrape down sides of bowl, add desired mix-ins, and mix until completely incorporated.
Turn out dough onto prepared baking sheet and form into a long, 2 inches thick and about 12 inches wide. Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to sit until cool enough to handle. Using a serrated knife, cut cookies into pieces about 3/4-inch thick, on the diagonal. Turn cookies cut-side down and bake for another 12-15 minutes. Then, remove from oven and flip over. Cook another 15 minutes, until cookies are toasted on both sides.
Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on a wire baking rack.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
And finally, before you see the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway, we have Friday’s #ChristmasCookies Week recipes. As always, you can search social media for #ChristmasCookies to see photos of these goodies. Happy Baking!
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