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Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti al Cioccolato e Pistacchio
I have made all the traditional types of biscotti, but when I created chocolate biscotti studded with pistachio nuts, raves came from my family. These are not too sweet and have a nice airy texture.


1 cup shelled natural pistachio nuts

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice

2 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt


 Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spread the nuts on a cookie sheet and toast until fragrant, about 12 minutes.  Cool, then coarsely chop and set aside.  (Leave the oven on.)

 In a bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.  Beat in the egg and tangerine juice.

 Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together onto wax paper.  Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.  Fold in the nuts.  Cover the dough and let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Lightly butter two cookie sheets.  Place half the dough on each cookie sheet.  With a spatula, spread each half into an 11 by 4 1/2-inch loaf.

 Bake the loaves for 20 to 25 minutes, or until firm to the touch.  Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 20 minutes.

With a spatula carefully transfer each loaf to a cutting board.  With a sharp knife, cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices.  Place the slices on their sides on the cookie sheets and bake for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until toasted.  Remove the biscotti to racks to cool completely.  Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 2 months in airtight plastic containers.




  1. Lawrence Grasso's avatar

    Lawrence Grasso

    Hi Mary Ann, just made your chocolate pistachio biscotti and boy did I have a devil of a time getting that terribly sticky dough on to the parchment lined cookie sheets and shaped into a log 16 inches by 4 inches. So when the biscotti were cooking I went to your web site and discovered that the receipe had changed somewhat. No zest in the newer one. Could that have made the dough so sticky and hard to work with? By the way, love your show, record it every Saturday as well as use your receipes alot. In fact last nite I made shrimp amalfi style and it turned out great, always does!! Anyway, if you could pass along any hints about the biscotti would gratly appreciate it - thanks - mille grazie and ciao, Lorenzo

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