Black and White Biscotti are a crunchy cookie that's also a beauty, with both rich chocolate and fragrant vanilla layers.
Why you'll love this recipe
When it’s cold outside, nothing warms a body quicker than a toasty warm beverage. Bonus points if that beverage comes with a dipping cookie. Biscotti have to be the world’s best, when it comes to dipping. Constructed to hold their shape and emerge from dunking only slightly softened, biscotti maintain a distinct crunch.
I made Black and White Biscotti for a new military care package recipient I am so excited to tell you about. The Monday Box was on a short break from military care packages after the wonderful news that Soldier B. had returned home.
At the beginning of January, I decided it was time to get going again. This time, I wanted to be a part of an organization that works as a team to make sure as many troops as possible receive the care package support and encouragement they need.
My friend Gina at the blog, Gina Left the Mall, taught me so much about the wonderful impact care package support has on the morale of our military. She was my go-to source for military support ideas and inspiration.
I decided to join Gina in becoming a part of Soldiers Angels. I applied and I’m delighted that my application was accepted!
I’m now an official member of the Soldiers Angels Deployed Adoptions team! I may not have a halo, but I now have wings!
I document my military care packages here on The Monday Box in the hopes that my care package themes and recipes might help or inspire those who are looking for ideas for their own military care packages.
Though Black and White Biscotti were included in my 17th military care package, I still have lots to learn. Whenever I am able to get feedback from my troops, I write about what works and what doesn’t.
After 16 care packages to ground troops in Afghanistan, I am taking on a new challenge. The next bunch of military care packages are going to the Navy AND my adopted sailor is female!
At this point, I have no idea of Sailor J.’s flavor preferences or how long it takes for a care package to arrive. I also don’t know if the just-for-fun holiday decorations and knickknacks that I include in themed packages are usable in the tight quarters of a ship.
Actually, I don’t even know if she is on a ship! Though no adopted service member is required to make contact with their “angel”, I hope I can have at least enough contact to make my care packages as appropriate and smile inducing as possible.
This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Cream together the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and baking powder. Then beat in the eggs. Slowly add the flour.
- To form the dough into two vanilla and chocolate logs, first use one rounded cup of dough to form two logs on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze the baking sheet while making the chocolate dough.
- To make the chocolate layer,add the cocoa powder and espresso powder to the remaining dough and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Divide the chocolate dough in half, and spread over the tops and sides of the vanilla dough logs.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then cool on the baking sheet for 15-20 minutes. . Reduce the oven temperature to 325°.
- Cut the biscotti into ¾” slices (approximately 16 biscotti per log). Stand the biscotti back on the backing sheet and bake for for 30-40 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden.
- To decorate with dark and white chocolate: Pipe a stripe of melted dark chocolate over the top of a biscotti. Spread to cover the surface. Immediately, pipe dots of white chocolate down the length of the biscotti. Drag the tip of a toothpick through the center of each dot to form hearts.
When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, Black and White Biscotti stay fresh and crunchy for at least a month.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti are the perfect fall cookie for dipping and dunking in all kinds of warm beverages.
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Black and White Biscotti
- ½ cup melted dark chocolate
- ¼ cup melted white chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and baking powder.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time. The dough may look curdled, but is fine.
- Gradually add the flour until combined.
- The dough will be formed into two logs. For the vanilla biscotti layer, scoop one rounded cup of dough for each of logs, and place on the prepared baking sheet at least 4” apart. Form the dough into 2 logs, each about 14” long and 2” wide. If the dough is sticky, use damp fingers or a damp spatula shape the log. Place the baking sheet in the freezer while making the chocolate dough.
- For the chocolate layer, add the cocoa powder and espresso powder to the remaining dough in the mixing bowl and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Remove the baking sheet from the freezer.
- Divide the chocolate dough in half, one for each of the dough logs. Spread the chocolate dough over the tops and sides of the vanilla dough. If the dough is sticky, use damp fingers or a damp spatula for spreading.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 15-20 minutes. . Reduce the oven temperature to 325°.
- Once cooled, place the logs on a cutting board and use a serrated knife to cut the biscotti into ¾” slices (approximately 16 biscotti per log).
- Stand the biscotti back on the backing sheet with a small space between each. Return to the oven for 30-40 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden. Biscotti will continue to firm up as they cool.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating or storing.
- To decorate with dark and white chocolate: Place the melted dark chocolate in a ziplock or piping bag. Place the melted white chocolate in another ziplock or piping bag. Cut off a tiny tip of each bag. Pipe a stripe of dark chocolate over the top of a biscotti. Use a knife or spatula to spread the chocolate so that it covers the surface. Immediately, pipe five or six small dots of white chocolate down the length of the biscotti. Drag the tip of a toothpick, without lifting the tip, through the center of each dot to form hearts.
- Do not chocolate coat the biscotti if mailing to or from a hot location.
- Double wrap two or three biscotti in plastic wrap, cut sides together. Place bundles in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
First Published: January 13, 2016. Last Updated: June1, 2022. Updated for additional information and better reader experience.