There are numerous recipes for making homemade Italian biscotti cookies, such as those found at Allrecipes.com, Taste of Home and JoyofBaking.com. Chocolate biscotti recipes are among the most popular variation of the traditional cookie. Double chocolate is also a favorite, as is chocolate combined with almond, hazelnut and peppermint.
Cooks can choose among a wide variety of recipes when making Italian biscotti cookies, but traditional biscotti includes almonds, which are common in Italy. As the popularity of biscotti spread to other countries, recipe ingredients expanded to include various combinations of fruits, nuts, chocolate and spices. Plain biscotti cookies can be further enhanced by dipping one end into chocolate. Cooks can get creative by decorating biscotti with swirls of chocolate and vanilla icing.
Some popular Italian biscotti cookie combinations to make for holiday gifts include gingerbread and hazelnut, cranberries and pistachios, and crushed peppermint candy with chocolate drizzle. Biscotti recipes that go great with coffee include lemon anise, cinnamon hazelnut and orange biscotti dipped in chocolate. Another winner is cappuccino-flavored biscotti with chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon.
Biscotti starts out as a sticky dough that is molded by hand into a log shape and then baked until firm. The log must cool completely before being diagonally sliced into several pieces. It is then baked a second time.