Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

by Jamie on January 24, 2013

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Let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t make them – ever. Not because I don’t have things to work on. That would be the biggest lie ever. It’s just that I kind of stink at setting very specific goals. I’m known for breaking any resolution I’ve ever made within about 2.5 hours. Instead of very specific goals, I try to set little milestones that don’t seem so hard.

Simple things, like swapping in Truvia for my morning java jolt instead of sugar. And trading in some Truvia Baking Blend where I would normally use all granulated sugar, especially in things I like to dunk in my lightened up coffee, things like crispy, crunchy biscotti.


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Chocolate Cherry Biscotti are the perfect treat for a romantic breakfast. Loaded with sweet, tart cherries, melted dark chocolate and nutty almonds, these little breakfast cookies taste incredibly decadent, but you don’t have to worry about indulging since their calorie count has been lightened up thanks to Truvia Baking Blend.

In case you needed one more thing to love about biscotti, did you know it can be made several days ahead of time? Mixing the dough takes just minutes, and the baked cookies can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for several days. It’s a great way to get a jump start on your Valentine’s Day celebration.


These homemade biscotti have such an incredible texture compared to store-bought packaged options. It has the traditional dried biscotti quality yet remains a bit tender, and every bite is an explosion of tart fruit and sweet chocolate. The taste is out of this world! Pair them with a rich cup of coffee or chai latte for a perfect morning with your sweetheart.

Disclosure: My Baking Addiction has teamed up with Truvia to develop recipes using Truvia® Baking Blend. This is a sponsored post written as part of that program. All opinions about Truvia Baking Blend are my own.
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Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

January 24th, 2013

Yield: 2 dozen biscotti

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Truvía® Baking Blend
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and Truvía® Baking Blend until light and fluffy.

4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.

5. With the mixer on low, carefully add in the dry ingredients. Mix until a stiff dough forms.

6. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, fold in the cherries, chocolate chips and almonds.

7. Divide dough in half, and using wet hands, form the dough into two 4"x8" flattened logs on the prepared baking sheet.

8. Bake logs of dough for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and reduce oven temperature to 275°.

9. Allow the baked biscotti logs to cool for about 10 minutes on baking sheet. With a serrated knife, slice the logs into 1/2 inch thick slices. Lay the slices down on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until biscotti are dried.

10. Transfer biscotti to wire racks to cool completely. Serve alongside a cup of coffee or tea.

Notes:

- Be sure to chop the cherries and almonds well to ensure easy slicing of the biscotti.
- Watch the biscotti closely during the second round of baking to achieve the perfect dry biscotti texture.
- Wet hands are very helpful in forming the logs of dough on the baking sheet.

My Baking Addiction adapted from Truvia


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Holiday Baker Man January 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

perfectly crunchy

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Carla @ Carlas Confections January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Biscotti is such a fun breakfast treat! I have never made it, but this one looks so delish! I would love to try it :)

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Um toque de Canela January 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Loved it! It was perfect!
Bye
Paula

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I would love to make my own biscotti! Great recipe!

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Angie@Angie's Recipes January 26, 2013 at 12:15 am

Homemade biscotti taste the best!

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Julia January 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

Just found your blog and I’m really impressed! So many great recipes and gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing :) from now on I’ll stop by every day!

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Rachel January 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

These look great.

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Julia {The Roasted Root} January 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Biscotti is one of my favorite breakfast treats of all times and I think it’s a ton of fun to bake them! I’ve never tried biscotti with dried fruit and it sounds so appealing! Could definitely see myself starting the day with one of these biscottis and a hot cup of frothy milk coffee!

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Kim January 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

These sound and look absolutely delicious! I would love to make these today, however I don’t have any Truvia in the house. I was wondering how much regular sugar should I use instead???

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Jamie February 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Kim-
You can sub in granulated for the Truvia Baking Blend by simply doubling the measurement of the Truvia. Example: 1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend is the equivalent to 1 cup granulated sugar. I hope this helps!
-Jamie

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Lisa Cornely January 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

These look and sound delicious. I am all about the real sugar though. If I were to make with sugar would I be able to substitute evenly? Definitely want to try this recipe.

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Jamie February 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Lisa-
You can sub in granulated for the Truvia Baking Blend by simply doubling the measurement of the Truvia. Example: 1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend is the equivalent to 1 cup granulated sugar. I hope this helps!
-Jamie

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Bintu@recipesfromapantry.com January 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

OMG OMG OMG Jamie. You dont know how happy you have made me. Biscotti are right at the top of my to do list. I spend a fortune on almond biscotti so really want to make my own. Look forward to trying these and will pin them. Thank you

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Jack January 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi Jamie. Can you sub in sugar for the Truvia?

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Jamie February 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Jack-
You can substitute granulated sugar by simply doubling the amount of Truvia in the recipe. I hope this helps. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by.
-Jamie

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jazmn February 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

oh no…I hope you won’t start advertising for Truvia by subbing real ingredients…say it ain’t so

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