Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

November 19th, 2007  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies

Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

About a year ago, I used to bake 10-20 batches of biscotti per week (I didn’t eat them all). Then I started having biscotti nightmares. Logs sticking to my hands… Flour everywhere. Chop, chop, chop… Bake and slice and bake and slice…

After I started having these nightmares, I stopped baking biscottis for a while. Then, last week, I received a comment on my previous biscotti post and realized how long it has been the last time I baked these rock-hard goodies.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti 2

So I baked another batch today and enjoyed with a strong cup of coffee. This one has cocoa as well as chopped chocolate on top of the previous recipe and that automatically makes it better.




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until combined.
  5. Add the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate and mix with a wooden spoon.
  6. Flour your hands (the dough is quite sticky) and turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut in half and shape each piece into a 12 inch log.
  7. Place them onto the baking trays and flatten them slightly.
  8. Lightly beat the egg white and brush the logs. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake the logs, rotating trays half way through for 25 minutes. Transfer the logs onto a cutting board and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F. Cut the logs crosswise to half an inch thick slices. Place on a wire rack and bake for 30 minutes.
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  1. 1 - Inne on November 19th, 2007

    Those biscotti look amazing Cenk! My auntie just sent me a bag of hazelnuts from her garden, so I know what I’ll be doing with them – thanks for the recipe.

  2. 2 - Marianna on November 19th, 2007

    Gosh I love your blog!! Your work, photos and words! I don’t make biscotti too often, but the last time I did they were chocolate-lavendar. They definately didnt look as good as yours though (even though yours are only chocolate & hazelnut)!

  3. 3 - Katie B. on November 19th, 2007

    Beautiful!!! I’ve never made biscotti before, but these look like they should be my first! 🙂

  4. 4 - Jennifer on November 19th, 2007

    I haven’t made biscotti in ages. Actually, it’s on my to-do list right now. Yours look delicious! I love chocolate and hazelnuts. Yum!

  5. 5 - Hillary on November 19th, 2007

    I’ve seen a whole bunch of biscotti in the food blogging world lately…and this one looks the best!

  6. 6 - Philippe Chow on November 19th, 2007

    Hi Cenk, Have u ever tried “Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti” with Turkish Delight ?

    Let me know !!!!!!

  7. 7 - Cenk on November 20th, 2007

    Inne – I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did.

    Marianna – Lavender with chocolate.. Sounds like a great combination. I must try soon.

    Katie B. – Glad you like them.

    Jennifer – Thanks!

    Hillary – That’s very nice to hear. Thank you!

    Philippe – No I haven’t. But that sounds like a great idea!

  8. 8 - JEP on November 20th, 2007

    Amazing photos—yum!

  9. 9 - Mansi on November 20th, 2007

    Hi! My first time here! I love your blog, it’s full of lovely recipes and I am just oggling all of them!:)


  10. 10 - Jill on November 20th, 2007


    Will you PLEASE add a ‘Print this Recipe’ button?

  11. 11 - Sherry on November 21st, 2007

    I’ve never baked biscotti before but I’ve eaten a fair share of it. The recipe looks easy enough and if they turn out looking as good as yours I’m sure they’ll totally rock. Strong coffee…yuuummm!

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  13. 13 - Sarah on November 22nd, 2007

    How long will these keep for do you think?

  14. 14 - Tartelette on November 23rd, 2007

    My favorite combination in a biscotti, chocolate and hazelnuts. A classic that never go out of style. Comfort, like an afternoon spent chatting with a good friend. Well, you get the point!

  15. 15 - brilynn on November 26th, 2007

    I haven’t made biscotti in ages either and it’s certainly about time that I did!

  16. 16 - Patricia Scarpin on November 27th, 2007

    They look amazing, Cenk – delicious!

  17. 17 - oliver on December 9th, 2007

    Hey Cenk,

    I just stumbled on your site and I’m a huge fan already!

    I’ve struggled with biscotti because it’s such a question of texture. You want it to soften up in the coffee, but not disintegrate, and you don’t want them too hard. Moreover, since they harden when they cool, it’s tough to judge when they’re done!

    I have a green tea and ginger recipe I’m fond of ( but I will try your take on them for sure!

  18. 18 - Cenk on December 9th, 2007

    Jep, Mansi, Sherry – Thank you.

    Jill – Good idea. I wanted to put one during the site redesign but didn’t have the time for it yet.

    Sarah – These cookies can be kept in an airtight container for at least a week.

    Oliver – Your combination sounds very tempting. I should try that the next time.

  19. 19 - Aimee on December 14th, 2007

    I just cranked out several dozen espresso biscotti today and boy, did the house smell good! I though I was done, but I just may have to try this recipe. Love the photos!

  20. 20 - Italian language course on April 6th, 2008

    This Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti are fantastic!!

  21. 21 - Vera on May 17th, 2008

    Dear Cenk,
    I baked them this morning.Your biscotti are absolutely wonderful!
    Tesekkurler for the recipe!

  22. 22 - Apo on May 26th, 2008

    Merhaba Cenk,
    Sadece yazdırmak istediğin yeri tara ve sağ klik yap, menüde yazdır ya da print seçeneği gelecektir.

  23. 23 - SD on September 1st, 2008

    I just finished making this recipe and I’m so happy they turned out so well … hoping that tomorrow when I eat one, they haven’t turned into rocks 🙂
    Just how sticky is the dough supposed to be? Mine was actually kind of dry and I had to press the dough together before I could divide it and form it into the logs. How wide and thick should those logs be before you put them in to bake?

  24. 24 - Cenk on September 1st, 2008

    SD – The dough should be a bit sticky and wet right before you shape them. Divide the dough into two and shape the logs 3 inches thick. Hope this helps..

  25. 25 - Susan on October 10th, 2008

    Well, I tried these cookies about six months or so ago, and I have NOT stopped. I make them every other week. I don’t buy store cookies anymore…why you ask, cause all we eat are your chocolate & hazelnut biscotti. Thank you soooo much for the receipe. I just made a batch to bring to someone house instead of a store cake.

    Thank you

  26. 26 - we on November 17th, 2008

    looks great

  27. 27 - Lysy on December 4th, 2008

    I just tried making these – they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  28. 28 - Verochka on January 1st, 2009

    I cook them pretty often now, great recipe.
    Here they are

  29. 29 - Emmy on February 17th, 2009

    I am addicted to this blog! Thank you for your delicious words, pictures, and recipes. They warm my heart!

  30. 30 - Cenk on February 17th, 2009

    Emmy – Thanks a lot for your kind words!

  31. 31 - Lindy on March 10th, 2010

    I baked your biscotti this afternoon and dipped the very end into melted chocolate then hazelnuts for garnish.


    How about another biscotti recipe sometime soon?

  32. 32 - Cenk on March 11th, 2010

    Lindy – Glad you liked it. Let me think of another biscotti recipe and I’ll share when it’s ready.

  33. 33 - Magda on July 15th, 2010

    Thank you for the recipe….
    I love hazelnuts and good chocolate!!!
    So one day i went to the store and i got some hazelnuts,just to eat them raw,but since i had some left over i searched on google for some biscotti recipes and sure enough i found yous.The pictures looked good,so next day i went in the kitchen and i made them.they turned out yummy delicious!!!love them
    Thanks allot for sharing your recipe!!!!

  34. 34 - Cenk on July 16th, 2010

    Magda – Glad you liked the recipe. Nothing can beat the chocolate and hazelnut combo!

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