These espresso biscotti are drizzled with dark chocolate for an easy, delicious breakfast treat! They're flavored with espresso powder which makes them extra perfect for dunking in coffee!
What is Biscotti?
Biscotti is a long cookie that is twice-baked to make them super crisp and crunchy!
Biscotti is also the all-encompassing term for "cookies" or "biscuits" in Italian. The more specific name for this style of cookie is cantucci or cantuccini, but outside of Italy they are commonly just called biscotti.
They might seem a little complicated but they're actually super easy to make! We simply shape the dough into logs and bake it. Then let the logs cool slightly, slice them, and then bake the slices a second time! Super easy!
This coffee flavored biscotti is the perfect compliment to a big cup of coffee!
You just need a few ingredients to make this espresso biscotti!
Brown butter - My favorite ingredient of all time is brown butter!! Brown butter is just unsalted butter that has been melted and gently cooked to bring out a toasty, nutty flavor. Best of all, brown butter pairs beautifully with espresso and chocolate. If you've never made brown butter before, you can check out this post with all my tips for how to make brown butter!
Espresso powder - You can't have espresso biscotti without espresso powder! King Arthur is my favorite brand of high quality espresso powder! Note: espresso powder is NOT the same as instant espresso!! Espresso powder is much more flavorful and more finely ground, making it more suitable for baking.
Dark chocolate - This is optional, but I like drizzling a little bit of melted dark chocolate over the tops of the espresso biscotti!
The complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.
How to Make Espresso Biscotti
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat together the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined.
Add in the flour, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt and mix until fully incorporated.
Scoop half the dough onto one side of baking sheet and pat it into a 10 inch x 2 inch rectangle that’s about 1 inch thick (lightly wetting your hands helps a lot with this step). Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown all over. Remove from the oven and let cool for 25 to 30 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board and use a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water to very lightly spritz them (just one spray on each section of the logs). Wait about 5 minutes before using a very sharp serrated knife to slice biscotti ½ inch wide.
Return the coffee biscotti slices to the baking sheet, standing them up with ½ inch in between them, so air can circulate around them. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until dry and golden.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate in intervals of 30 seconds until smooth.
Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the tops of the espresso biscotti. Let the chocolate fully harden before storing.
Serve the chocolate espresso biscotti with your favorite latte!
Tips for the Best Baked Goods
Use room temperature ingredients! Always make sure ingredients like butter, eggs, milk, yogurt, etc. are at room temperature before baking (unless the recipe indicates otherwise)! This ensures they'll incorporate into the batter more easily and leads to overall better texture. Remove all ingredients from the fridge 30 minutes to an hour before baking for best results.
Measure your flour correctly! It's most accurate to use a kitchen scale, but if you're measuring by volume you want to spoon and level! Fluff up the flour a bit with a spoon, and then spoon flour into the measuring cup. Once it's overflowing, use the back of a knife to level it off. Don't ever pack flour into the measuring cup or you'll end up with way too much! Improperly measured flour can lead to dry, dense baked goods. [Measure cocoa powder the same way!]
Use an oven thermometer! Just because your oven says it's 350, doesn't mean it is! If you oven hasn't been calibrated recently, it can be as much as 30 degrees off, which will negatively affect all baked goods from cakes to macarons! An oven thermometer is the easiest/cheapest way to ensure your oven is always at the proper temperature.
Make sure you baking powder is fresh! Baking powder is important for helping baked goods rise properly, but it has a relatively short shelf life once opened, so it's one of the few items I never buy in bulk! To test if your baking powder is still fresh, add a small amount to boiling water. If it bubbles it's still good to use, but if not it's time to toss it!
Store the biscotti in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Technically yes, but I don't recommend it. Instant coffee isn't as strong as espresso powder and it also typically has a harsher flavor that doesn't taste as good in the biscotti.
Nope! You can regular unsalted butter if you prefer! I just love the way the brown butter pairs with the espresso and chocolate!
You can eat this biscotti like a regular cookie, but since biscotti is so crunchy, it's typically dipped into coffee, tea, milk, or even wine before eating. This coffee flavored biscotti obviously goes best with a big cup of coffee!
Biscotti is hard and dry because it is baked twice! First as a loaf and then again after being sliced. This hard, dry texture is what makes this brown butter espresso biscotti perfect for dunking in coffee and gives it a long shelf life!
Tips for Success!
For best results I always recommend using weight measurements (especially when baking) because it's the most accurate. Kitchen scales are super affordable and also reduce the number of dishes you have to do! However, all my recipes also include US customary measurements for convince. Use this chart to convert measurements for common ingredients!
Substitutions: In all my recipes, I've included substitutions that I know will work, but I cannot guarantee results if you substitute ingredients that I have not recommended. [For example, granulated sugar and honey are indeed both sweeteners but they have very different properties so they can not always be swapped 1:1. Using honey in a cookie recipe that calls for granulated sugar will yield a giant mess.] In the recipe card you'll find links to the specific ingredients/brands that I use.
A note on salt: I almost exclusively use Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt because it's the best all-purpose salt for cooking and baking. If you're not using kosher salt, consult this handy guide for a conversion chart! When in doubt, if you're using table salt just reduce the amount by half for baked goods. When cooking, I prefer to under-salt because you can always add more! If you've over-salted, adding a little bit of acid (like lemon juice) can help.
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat together the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt and mix until fully incorporated.
- Scoop half the dough onto one side of baking sheet and pat it into a 10 inch x 2 inch rectangle that’s about 1 inch thick (lightly wetting your hands helps a lot with this step). Repeat with the other half of the dough.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown all over. Remove from the oven and let cool for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
- Return the coffee biscotti slices to the baking sheet, standing them up with ½ inch in between them, so air can circulate around them. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until dry and golden.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate in intervals of 30 seconds until smooth.
- Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the tops of the espresso biscotti. Let the chocolate fully harden before storing.
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