This college preparation stuff has taken some interesting twists and turns over the past few weeks. Among the less pleasant twists, Annie needed to have a few impacted wisdom teeth pulled this morning. It was either that or hope that they didn’t act up during finals and require an emergency extraction. Among the more pleasant twists, in a bittersweet kind of way, we went on a short family vacation last week to Puerto Rico. Life will be changing this year, with much less time spent together as a foursome, and we wanted to get far away from everything to spend some – warning, cliche ahead – quality time together. Ick. I know. But I can’t think of a better way to put it right now.
Today has been consumed with doing my duties as nurse, and cooking lots of soft foods like scrambled eggs, and Jell-o and mushy pasta, and homemade applesauce for Annie – just as the doctor ordered. That’s why I’ll save my tales from Puerto Rico until later this week. But, I know I’ve been remiss in my Chocolate Challenge postings, I suspect I may have lost the challenge at this point – sorry gang. But I did make these excellent chocolate biscotti before we went away, and I definitely need to share the recipe with you. If you’re like Joe, you like biscotti, but find them a little on the hard side. So, in steps Goldilocks to discover a way to make them just hard enough, but soft enough not to threaten your fillings and crowns. (Apologies for the dental theme to today’s post.) What makes these biscotti a little less rock hard is the inclusion of apple sauce in the dough. No fears – you don’t taste the apple flavor at all, and these cookies are still supremely dunk able, holding their shape in your coffee cup.
So, wish us a good, dental pain free night around here, and mix up a batch of these biscotti the next time you need a chocolate something to go with your coffee.
- ⅓ cup softened butter
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1¾ cup unbleached flour
- ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup chunky chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place butter in large bowl of electric mixer and beat on medium approximately 30 seconds until fluffy. Add sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder and continue mixing. Mix in egg and apple sauce. Slowly add flour and mix until well blended. Finally, on low speed, mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- On parchment paper lined cookie sheet, divide dough into two logs, approximately 8-inches long and 2½ inches wide. Pat down to smooth top.
- Bake 20 minutes. Place on wire rack and cool for another 20 minutes. Remove to cutting board and slice into ½ thick slices. Place cut side down on baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Flip to other side and bake for another 8 minutes.