Peanut Butter Chocolate Biscotti

I’m starting to get addicted to blogging events. The latest event that I wanted to partake in was a recipe exchange. Basically everyone sent a recipe to our wonderful organizer, Katie of Good Things Catered, and she sent back someone else’s recipe. Then we all bake them and post about them. This time, they all had to be a dessert.

Hubby and I were talking about how neither of us really like Biscotti. I don’t drink coffee ever and he just doesn’t like them. Wouldn’t you know the recipe I got is for Biscotti. I wanted to go ahead and make it to try something new. I usually send my baked goods to work with Hubby anyways and I’m sure his coworkers would like the Biscotti with their morning coffee.

Overall, I thought these turned out great. I was eating quite a bit of the dough in it’s various stages of cooked-ness. I drizzled chocolate on them. Hubby said they went over great at work. He set them near the coffee pot in the morning.

I had quite a few that crumbled when I cut them. I was in a hurry and I’m sure when that if I make biscotti again, I’ll just have to be more careful. I also didn’t know when my butter was fully browned. I’ve never browned butter before, so I read some of the reviews and followed the directions. I never got a strong nutty smell from the butter though…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti (from FoodNetwork.com)10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cups chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chunks (about 6 ounces)

Position racks evenly in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally. Continue to cook until the butter browns and gets a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar while beating. Then slowly add the butter and vanilla until evenly mixed, about 30 seconds more. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.

While mixing slowly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, in 2 additions, mixing just until absorbed. Fold in the peanuts and chocolate pieces.

Divide the dough evenly into thirds, and put each portion in the center of a baking sheet. Shape the dough with slightly wet hands into logs about 2-inches wide and 15 inches long. Bake until set and brown around the edges, about 25 to 30 minutes. (For even baking take care to rotate the pans– top to bottom and front to back–about half way though.) Cool logs on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board. Cut logs crosswise, with a long serrated knife at about a 45 degree angle, into 1/2-inch thick cookies. Place cookies cut side down on the baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Flip the cookies over and bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Cool biscotti on the baking sheets. Serve.

Store cookies in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days.

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21 Responses to “Layered Marshmallow Brownies”

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    Xiaolu — March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh these look so yummy! Love the crackly looking top.

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    yumventures — March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    They look soooo good! Thanks for the tip about the sweetness factor…I love having a little bite of something completely decadent!

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    KRISTINA CIPOLLA PHOTOGRAPHY — March 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    AH…these look heavenly….mmm…thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    bakingblonde — March 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, those look great! I love those

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    KV — March 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not sure it is possible to be “too sweet” but these look very good!

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    Miss Yunks — March 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    These looks so good! Can’t wait to try!

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    MemΓ³ria — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not crazy about marshmallows, but these brownies look amazing!!

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    Justin — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    “nice and thick”… wow, you aren’t kidding. that was a bold move switching the pan though. glad it worked out in the end.

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    Kristen — March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MMMMMMM those sound awesome!!

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    Candi — March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    oh my word! those look delicious!

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    CB — March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t stop looking at your picture. I think that means I need to make these brownies. I’m not sure if I should thank you for shake my fist at you πŸ˜›

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Blaspemy!! Nothing is TOO sweet πŸ™‚

    I love these! Might give em a go when a occasion comes up πŸ˜€

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:17 am

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    nutmegnanny — March 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    These look awesome! I would love to have one of these sitting in my kitchen right now πŸ™‚

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    Ashley — March 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    These look AMAZING! I feel like I need to go to the gym just looking at them. πŸ™‚

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    Erin — March 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    These look delicious! I love anything with marshmallows!

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    Kat — March 5, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I wish I could reach through the computer and grab these! They look awesome!!

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    Ingrid — March 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I make something similar but cheat and use a boxed brownie mix. The frosting I use doesn’t have marshmallows in it which helps with the sweet factor.

    That’s a great idea baking these in a smaller pan. I would prefer the brownie part a bit thicker.
    ~ingrid

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    Jes — March 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Um…I guess I didn’t let my icing cool enough and it melted the marshmallow completely…it looked like Mt. Vesuvius erupted on my counter ha ha! I wish I could post a picture! They still tasted yummy though =)

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    Caryn — April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I made these, but the chocolate topping turned out not great, not dissolved and gritty. – I think you mean “icing sugar” don’t you, when you say sugar for the frosting?

    • beantownbaker — April 18th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      I used granulated sugar for the frosting. When it is cooking on the stove, it should completely dissolve the sugar.

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