Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti

I love this time of year. I love having an excuse to be in the kitchen all day long baking christmas cookies to send to all our friends and family. Since my husband and I have family all across the US we always end up shipping presents everywhere and I love including some holiday cookies and treats to enjoy right away!



There are some favorites each year, but I like to mix it up by including some new flavors. This year that includes these banana chocolate chip biscotti. I don't drink coffee, but I will gladly make myself some hot chocolate to eat these guys up! Plus, as you all have read before, I hate wasting bananas so here is a perfect recipe to use those last two brown bananas.

For those that don't know what biscotti is, it is basically a twice baked cookie. The italian word biscotto literally means twice baked or cooked. This method of twice baking cookies creates a dry cookie that is commonly served with coffee or tea. Because the cookies are so dry they typically last a long time, hence why they are a great Christmas cookie to make in advance!

Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup ripe bananas, mashed (~2 medium)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, then set aside. In a large beat sugar and butter till creamy. Add in banana, vanilla, and eggs and mix till smooth. Slowly add in flour mixture till completely incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips just until combined. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a 10x3 rectangle on the prepared cookie sheet. Dough will be sticky so use greased hands to shape each half into the rectangle. 

Bake biscotti loaves for 25-28 minutes or until toothpick entered in center comes out clean. Let cool on cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Move each loaf to cutting board and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place each biscotti piece cut side down onto cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Flip each piece and bake other side for additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.


To grease my hands I lightly spray them with non-stick spray, this is not the most pleasant feeling but it works and its quick! To cut the biscotti make sure to use a serrated bread knife, this will prevent them from crumbling and give you nice even cuts. The biscotti alone have a great crunch, but to really get the banana taste I definitely recommend serving with a hot drink!

Look out for more Christmas cookies posts, including my favorite Chocolate Mint Delights.


Happy Baking!

32 comments:

  1. what a delicious biscotti!! I love how golden brown it is, I can just imagine how incredible the house smelled while it baked....sigh...I do love biscotti!
    Thanks for reminding me its time to make a batch!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  2. I've never made biscotti, for some reason, this is one cookie I'm scared I'll ruin! But these look great! Love the site :)

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  3. i've never thought to make banana biscotti. what a great idea!

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  4. I love and bake biscotti but never had them with bananas. They look and sound delicious!

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  5. delicious biscotti haven't had before

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  6. These look great! I think they would be amazing dunked in some rich hot chocolate. Mmm...

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  7. Genius! I love banana chocolate chip bread and other combinations of those flavors but biscotti is new, I would love to try these out :)

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  8. so yummy n perfect looking biscotti----bookmarked !

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  9. I have tried making several kinds of biscotti but never dawned on me to try either banana or chocolate. I stuck with nuts & dried fruit. Great idea!

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  10. Would like to receive one of these with my coffee- instead of the usual, lovely combo!

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  11. I heart biscotti! Banana and chocolate would be amazing!

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  12. Takes me back to my mama's kitchen! I would love these to go with my morning cup of coffee. The flavor combination sounds like a real winner. Yummy!

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  13. Oh wow! What a great combo of flavors!

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  14. I would have never of thought to put bananas in biscotti, what a great idea. Even though I can't eat bananas (allergic), I know my family would love these! They look so good and your photos are gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  15. Thanks for giving me a new idea for the brown bananas hanging out in my freezer! I love biscotti!

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  16. I usually freeze my ripe bananas to make a smoothie, but your recipes are fantastic and who doesn't love that "mmmmmm bananas" feeling. Thank you for sharing ^_^

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  17. Welcome back, Debbie! You know, I'm always trying to think of cookies that are easy to ship and have forgotten until now about biscotti! I love it, everyone I know loves it, it's a perfect idea! Thanks so much for sharing this scrumptious recipe. I'll have to try these soon. Also, I’m having a cookies and cookbook giveaway today that you should enter if you haven’t already!

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  18. I'm a huge biscotti fan, but I've never heard of a banana version. I bet it makes them nice and moist, instead of crumbly like regular biscotti. Yum!!

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  19. I'm not a huge biscotti fan, and will only eat it if it's homemade. I absolutely love anything banana (and of course all things chocolate) so this recipe looks like a dang winner.

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  20. I had no idea a biscotti was a twice baked cookie. I learn something new everyday. So when should I expect a shipment of your fabulous biscotti? (=

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  21. Oh I do love biscotti and it travels so well! I've sent biscotti a time or two for different celebrations. Such a wonderful treat with a good cup of coffee :)and the flavors sound perfect!

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  22. I LOVE biscotti and I've never met a banana/chocolate combo that I didn't like, so I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. thanks for posting! i now have another in my file to tackle bananas that are at the brink of being thrown away :)

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  24. This biscotti sounds so delicious! I love the banana and chocolate chip combo!

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  25. Debbie! These look amazing and I would love to try a banana biscotti. This would be really good with a cup of tea. Isn't sending baked goods to people so much fun? I actually just sent some baked goods for the first time last week and I can't wait to do it again.

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  26. Oohh...I love biscotti! Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  27. nava@BodaciousBiscottiDecember 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    There's nothing better than sending baked goods to family and friends. They ALWAYS love receiving those goodie packages ;-)

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  28. Mmmm, I can already smell these baking in my oven and unlike you, I LOVE coffee and can't wait to dip a nice crisp slice in it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  29. i'm mostly guilty of letting my bananas brown. this is too good a treat out of them. thank you for sharing!

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  30. Made this couple weeks ago. This recipe is a keeper! Perfect way to use up the overripe bananas.

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