Chocolate-Dipped Cherry-Hazelnut Biscotti


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups hazelnuts, pecans, almonds or walnuts (about 9 oz.), toasted, husked, coarsely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups dried cherries or cranberries
  • ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 16 to 24 oz. milk or semi-sweet chocolate for dipping
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


Position 1 rack in center and 1 rack in top third of oven and preheat to 325F. Using handheld electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in very large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time just until blended. Mix in orange peel, baking soda and salt. Add 3 cups flour, nuts, dried cherries or cranberries, and chocolate chips; stir until well blended. Add 3 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring until well incorporated.

Transfer dough to floured work surface or silpat mat. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Knead each piece until dough holds together well. Form each piece into 9-inch-long by 3-inch-wide log. Place 2 logs on each of 2 ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart (logs will spread during baking.) Bake until logs are golden and feel firm when tops are gently pressed, switching and rotating caking sheets halfway through baking, about 25 minutes. Cool logs on baking sheets 15 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.

Using a long wide spatula, transfer logs to cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut warm logs crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices cut side down on 2 baking sheets, Bake biscotti 8-10 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until light golden, about 10 minutes longer. Transfer to racks and cool completely.

Stir chocolate in large bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water until melted and smooth. (This can also be done in a double boiler if you have one.) Remove from over water. Dip 1 cut side or bottom of each biscotti into melted chocolate to about 1/4-inch depth. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place biscotti, chocolate side up, on baking sheets. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes. Dip pastry brush in cocoa, then lightly brush cocoa over chocolate on each biscotti. (Can be made ahead. Store in airtight containers up to 4 days, or wrap in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.)

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