Chocolate Orange Biscotti

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup roughly chopped candied orange peel
1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 

In a medium bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.

In a large bowl/mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients till you have a smooth, stiff dough. Mix in chocolate chips and orange peel.

Divide the dough in half, and on your lined baking sheet form and flatten each half into a long rectangle, about 9x3 inches. Bake for 25 minutes, or until slightly firm. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
With a large, sharp knife, cut each rectangle into slices. Turn each slice on its side. Bake for 15-18 more minutes, until stiff. Let cool.

If you really want to go crazy, melt some more chocolate chips in the microwave, 30 second bursts at a time, stirring well between each, and dip/smear each biscotti with more chocolate. If you want more orange flavor, add 1/2 tsp orange extract to this chocolate (about 1 cup of chips) It can set at room temperature, but would be faster in the fridge.