Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taylor's Ultimate Triple Chocolate Rehearsal Biscotti... Dance Mom Approved

Dance Moms... do you watch the Lifetime Show?  If you haven't, don't.  It's terrible.  But as a dance mom, it's totally addicting.

With some 13 years of Dance "Momness" under my belt, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject.  I've done it all, overnight rhinestoning sessions, minutes before going onstage tap shoe and costume repair, duct taped pieces in place, and ultimate hairstyles, all followed by rivers of tears as I sit in the audience watching these talented girls live their passion.

I'd always considered myself a soccer mom, but as my son grew up and Liv began competitive dance, I embraced my Dance Mom life, and clearly explain to everyone I meet that we are nothing like the catty, mean moms you see on tv.

Having watched Liv's teammates grow up, I feel almost as thought I have some 20+ step daughters, all whom I love almost as much as Liv.  I've grown to know their favorite things, their fears and insecurities, their personalities, and their tastes.  Baking and cooking for them fills my heart and when I get special requests I leap to the project.

Ever since creating Miss Abbie's (we have our own, much more amazing Miss Abbie) Amazing Race Biscotti, biscotti has been the most requested recipe.  This week Taylor H. sent a request for Chocolate Biscotti with "lots" of chocolate chips.  Easy enough.  But would a chocolate drizzle be too much?  Our texts went as follows...

Me:  "So... if I were to make a Chocolate Biscotti with lots of chocolate chips, would a you want a chocolate drizzle on top??"

Taylor:  "Who wouldn't???!!!!"

All righty then... drizzle it is!  Tweaking our Nutella Biscotti recipe to pure, unadulterated chocolate, I set Liv to the task of adding the chocolate drizzle.  As she does on stage, her drizzle was done with passion.  Thinking perhaps it was too much, we allowed the chocolate to set, then did our own taste test.

Too much?  Not a chance!  Rich with the perfect biscotti bite, Taylor's Ultimate Chocolate Rehearsal Biscotti disappeared in a flash at the girls first competition rehearsal and received the esteemed score of Platinum Plus.  Beat that Abbie Lee Miller!

Taylor's Ultimate Triple Chocolate Biscotti
Lovely with a cup of morning coffee, these biscotti bring a delightful and traditional biscotti crunch along with a luscious, rich chocolate finish.  Just what dancers need to perk their energy during a long competition rehearsal, or what Dance Moms need to get through the day.  #bringit
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2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup spelt flour (may use all-purpose)
scant 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (more if desired!)
Melted dark chocolate to drizzle

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the eggs, egg yolk, and sugar until well mixed.  Add the 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and continue mixing until well incorporated.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer and then add the chocolate chips.  Mix just until incorporated.

Dough will be dry.  Dump the dough onto the silicone mat and form into a log.  Cut the dough in half lengthwise and flatten each piece to about 1/2- thick and about 10-12 inches long.  Separate on the sheet by at least 3 inches.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (ours took 23 min), or until biscotti is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Do not turn oven off.

When cool, slice the biscotti using a serrated knife into 1/2-inch (or slightly thinner if desired) slices.  Transfer the cookies back to the prepared baking sheet, keeping them standing up (sort of like cutting the "log" into slices, then just spreading them out - but not laying them on their sides).

Return cookies to oven and reduce oven temp to 300ºF.  Allow to bake for another 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and onto a wire rack to cool  Note that the biscotti will crisp even more as they cool.

When cookies are cool, melt the dark chocolate.  Drizzle chocolate over cookies as desired.  Liv and her girlfriends would like it noted that they don't feel there can be enough drizzle.

Allow to set, and then enjoy!
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.  Though, we've never had ours last that long. 

Liv and Taylor Love Chocolate Biscotti!


  1. Kim,
    There is no such thing as too much chocolate, lol. These biscotti look amazing, and Liv approved

    1. I totally agree!! Don't think I could ever have too much... :)

  2. Exactly! Who wouldn't want a chocolate drizzle? These look amazing!

    1. Thanks Danelle... these girls know what's good!

  3. Wow! Add some dried cherries in there and this is what I'm having Christmas morning ;)

  4. Oh my god this biscotti is incredible! I can only imagine how good they would have tasted - loving all that drizzled chocolate going on!

    1. Thanks Thalia!! We actually made them 3 times in one week... and just last week I had a request for more!

  5. Never too much chocolate. Your girls are amazing and deserve something wonderful like this! That last photo blows my mind, wow!

    1. Thanks Chris!! I love, love, love my girls. The constantly impress me with their ideas (and talent!)

  6. Love the idea of extra drizzle on biscotti. Can't go wrong with too much chocolate. Great photo of the girls.

    1. Thanks! And agreed... never too much chocolate!

  7. While I don't watch Dance Mom's....this biscotti looks incredible. Double chocolate anything is always a good idea. Yum!

    1. Double anything indeed!! (Except double dance moms... I couldn't handle that...!!)


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