Dark Chocolate Biscotti Valentine’s Treats

Cocoa is packed with natural antioxidants which we all know are good for the heart. So be kind to your heart this Valentine’s Day and eat high quality dark chocolate to keep your heart in top shape for the month of love!

Try these yummy biscotti yourself with a cup of piping hot tea or package them in clear cookie bags with red ribbons as a tasty, made with love, Valentine’s day gift.

???????????????????????????????Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 6 tbs butter (unsalted/room temp.)
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 100g bars of organic fair trade Chocolate (70% cocoa)

Instructions:

???????????????????????????????Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder & salt). Use a stand mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat for another two minutes. Then slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixing it in gradually. Mix in the chocolate bars, crushed into large chip pieces.

Place the dough on a work surface and knead until chips evenly distributed. Divide the loaf in half and take one half roll it into a 12 inch cylinder. Flatten the cylinder until it is about 3/4 inch high and the whole piece is rectangular shaped. Carefully place onto the baking sheet and s???????????????????????????????prinkle with sugar. Repeat with the second half of the dough.

Bake on the center rack for 25 minutes (until just slightly firm. They will spread and crack a little). Remove from baking sheet and cool for 20 minutes on a cooling rack. (Don’t turn the oven off!)

Cut each log of biscotti with a sharp knife into 3/4 inch thick slices. Stand the slices up on the baking sheet arranged with spaces between each slice. Now bake your biscotti again for 10 minutes before once again putting them on a rack to cool.

Makes about 30 biscotti.

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