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These crisp double chocolate biscotti are tailor-made for dunking into coffee, warm milk, or hot chocolate.

Double Chocolate Biscotti on a lined baking sheet.

When my son, Zach, was little, he used to call these chocolate biscotti “crunchy brownies.” It’s an apt description: biscotti are twice-baked, oblong-shaped cookies made intentionally dry and crunchy for dunking into coffee or tea – and these are made with a double dose of chocolate. I’m happy to say that they have nothing in common with the packaged biscotti sold in most coffee shops, which often taste like bricks. When you dunk these biscotti into a warm beverage, they soften, becoming rich, chocolaty and decadent. Biscotti might seem like grown-up cookies, but if you set them out with glass of warm milk or hot chocolate for dunking, you will have very happy young gourmands.

If you’re looking for more desserts for the chocolate lovers in your life (or for yourself), don’t miss my double chocolate skillet cookie, chocolate lover’s chocolate cake, chocolate cream pie, or homemade chocolate ice cream.

What You’ll Need To Make Double Chocolate Biscotti

Biscotti ingredients including baking soda, cocoa, and vanilla.

How To Make Double Chocolate Biscotti

Begin by combining the dry ingredients: flour, natural unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Bowl of unmixed dry ingredients.

Whisk well.

Whisk in a bowl of dry ingredients.

Set aside, then cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Creamed butter and sugar in a bowl.

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Egg in a bowl with creamed butter and sugar.

Then beat in the vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract in a bowl with an egg mixture.

Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.

Dry ingredients and chocolate chips added to a bowl with an egg mixture.

Mix to combine. The dough will be sticky.

Bowl of chocolate dough.

Scrape the dough out onto a floured work surface, and dust the dough with flour as well.

Chocolate dough on a floured counter.

Gently shape into a ball.

Ball of chocolate dough on a floured counter.

Cut the dough in half.

Ball of dough cut in half.

Roll each piece of dough into a short log.

Two logs of chocolate biscotti dough.

Transfer the logs to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Two short logs of chocolate biscotti dough on a lined baking sheet.

Then shape into longer logs about 3/4-inch high and 2 inches wide.

Two long logs of chocolate biscotti dough on a lined baking sheet.

Bake the logs for about 35 minutes.

Two baked logs of double chocolate biscotti.

Let cool slightly, then slice on the diagonal about 3/4-inches wide and turn the biscotti on their sides.

Sliced loaves of double chocolate biscotti.

Place back in the oven for 10 minutes to crisp up. Let cool a bit, then serve with coffee, tea or milk.

Double Chocolate Biscotti on a lined baking sheet.

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Double Chocolate Biscotti

These crisp double chocolate biscotti are tailor-made for dunking into coffee, warm milk, or hot chocolate.

Servings: About 30 biscotti
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes


  • 1¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey's
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl and mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips and stir on low speed until just combined.
  4. Dust a work surface with flour. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the sticky dough out onto the work surface and dust the top of the dough lightly with flour. Using your hands, shape the dough into a rough ball (if it's still too sticky, dust with a bit more flour) and cut in half. Form the dough pieces into two short logs by rolling back and forth. Place the logs onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into longer logs about ¾-inch high and 2 inches wide. Allow enough space for the logs to spread a few inches while they bake. Bake for about 35 minutes, until firm to the touch. Let the biscotti logs cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, or until just cool enough to touch (if you wait any longer, the biscotti will be difficult to cut); then, using a sharp knife, slice the logs on the diagonal into ¾-inch slices (I do this right on the baking sheet). They will crumble just a bit; don't worry about it. Turn the biscotti on their sides (so that the cut sides are down) and place back in the oven for 10 minutes to dry and crisp up. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with coffee, tea or warm milk.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months: Shape the dough into logs, wrap each securely in plastic wrap, and place them in a sealable bag. When ready to bake, remove the logs from the freezer, thaw the dough until pliable, and then proceed with recipe. To freeze after baking: After the cookies are completely cooled, double-wrap them securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (30 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 biscotti
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 111mg
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  • I absolutely love this recipe. I amp it up by adding rum extract, chopped walnuts and chipotle chili powder. Sweet to start then a bit of heat at the end.

    • — Jackie McDowell on December 25, 2022
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  • These were DELICIOUS! Like a crispy brownie. Recipe worked exactly as written.

    • — Leslie on December 24, 2022
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  • I was told from friends it was the best biscotti they ever had! I will make this often!

    • — Lori Fultz on December 23, 2022
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  • These turned out really nice. Gave them to coworkers for Christmas. I did have to sub dutched cocoa for the cocoa because that’s what I had. After doing some investigating, I learned that would, potentially, affect the rising of the biscotti, so I subbed 2x the baking powder for the baking soda (found that tip online somewhere). I tried 2 tsp. of baking powder instead of the 1 tsp soda with the first batch and 2-1/4 tsp. of baking powder instead of soda with the second batch. Both batches worked fine, but the second batch was even better. I also adjusted baking times using the King Arthur American Vanilla biscotti, so 25 min on first bake and about 22 min on second bake after turning oven down to 325. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • — MJ Mich on December 20, 2022
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  • Made it Saturday and served with homemade hot cocoa. Everyone liked it both alone and with the drink.
    Your recipe seems to call for toasting only one side, unless I’m misreading it. I toasted on both, which worked fine.

    • — Miranda on December 12, 2022
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    • Super easy to follow recipe, the biscotti was the perfect light sweetness that paired well with the coffee or by itself.

      • — Tisha on December 20, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, I have made these three or four years in a row. They are delicious and the recipe is not hard to follow so I am surprised a few had a hard time with it. Mine turned out perfect and my granddaughter loves them when she visits and my daddy dearly loved them with his coffee for an after lunch snack. Sadly, he passed away this last summer at 96, but I still made them thinking of him. Thank you!

    • — Debbie Wells on December 10, 2022
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    • I’m so sorry about the recent loss of your dad (and glad you have happy memories of him when you bake them). 💗

      • — Jenn on December 12, 2022
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  • These were burnt at 35 minutes. Yes, my oven is calibrated since I make decorated sugar cookies (2 thermometers – one in front, one in the back). I also turned the pan at about 15 minutes out of habit. I looked at other recipes and they all are 30 minutes at 350F. The non-burnt parts tasted really good but I wish I had checked them at 25 or 30 minutes.

    • — Sydney Carto on December 10, 2022
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  • I love the crunch, flavor & texture although I did one substitution & addition. Added 1/2 c. chopped dark chocolate instead of chocolate chips & added 1/4 c. finely chopped ginger . If you enjoy the taste of ginger & chocolate together, it’s definitely worth trying.

    • — Donna on December 8, 2022
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  • Made these yesterday. They turned out so well I’m starting another batch today. Thank you!

    • — Eleanor Shaffrey on December 7, 2022
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  • This is my favorite biscotti recipe! I’ve made it so many times. Another variation is adding a white choc. drizzle with crushed candy canes on top for a festive holiday flavor 🙂

    • — Sarah on December 5, 2022
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  • These are just SO GOOD! if you like deeply flavorful chocolate this recipe will satisfy that craving. They have that wonderful dark almost coffee like chocolate flavor. I follow the recipe as written. Be warned, working with the dough is challenging; super sticky and “heavy” – but if you persevere you will be rewarded with the biscotti of your dreams. I have made them probably ½ dozen times and love to give them as gifts. They are a hit with EVERYONE. (One tip, be sure they have cooled COMPLETELY before you put them in a tin and/or cover them. If they are at all warm the heat will cause condensation and your biscotti will be limp).

    • — Newyorkliz on December 2, 2022
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  • These are excellent! I find them a bit too salty, so will use less salt than called for next time. My variation: omitted chocolate chips and used chopped toasted almonds instead; replaced vanilla with same amount of VERY strong coffee, added a tablespoon of ground espresso beans. Next time I’ll try with hazelnuts. This recipe is a keeper!

    • — Mary G on November 19, 2022
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  • Hi – anxious to try these but can they be made with gluten free flour and would the measurements be 1-1?

    • — Patti M on November 6, 2022
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    • Hi Patti, I’ve never made a gluten-free version of these so I can’t say from experience, but some other readers have commented that they have and were happy with the results. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on November 7, 2022
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  • Absolutely wonderful recipe. Instructions easy to follow and bake. My husband loves it with his tea in the morning. Give to family and friends as a gift.

    • — Judy Dobles on October 9, 2022
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  • Yes! Finally, delicious, light, crisp biscotti! I have tried several recipes and always ended up with hard brick-like biscotti. I followed this recipe exactly as written. Perfect biscotti! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

    • — Sue P. on September 25, 2022
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  • Can you substitute Dutch processed cocoa powder in this double chocolate biscotti recipe?

    • — Faith on September 21, 2022
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    • Hi Faith, I wouldn’t recommend it here as I’m concerned it will impact how the biscotti rise.

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2022
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  • What a great find. This recipe is truly amazing. When my husband came back home from work he thought I went to the store and bought them as they were very good looking. They were so pretty, absolutely delicious, and definitely easy to make. I’ll keep your recipe for years to come. Thank you so much.

    • — Margaux on September 9, 2022
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  • These are the best biscotti I ever had or made. My family loves them. They are especially good with peanut butter chips .

    • — Jeannine stoner on August 25, 2022
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  • Fabulous and delicious recipe!
    Thank you for sharing with us. I couldn’t be happier.

    • — Iris Kacor on August 8, 2022
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  • Jenn, another gem from you!
    I have been baking these biscotti for well over a year now and each time they turn out perfectly. Even my husband, who is not much of a biscotti or chocolate guy, enjoys them.
    We love that they keep so well. I often quadruple the batch and bring these on long camping trips with us. As somebody else mentioned though – they are definitely dangerous to have around, because it is difficult to eat just one!

    Thank you, thank you!

    • — Emm on July 24, 2022
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  • Multiple people have said that this is the best biscotti they’ve had. I bake a batch every two weeks because my son is obsessed with them! They taste like a brownie in biscotti form.

    • — Huma Farid on June 8, 2022
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  • I hate to be that person leaving bad reviews but I was honestly surprised by how poorly these turned out? They didn’t spread whatsoever and were so bland and crumbly I’d have guessed the sugar was left out if I hadn’t made them myself.

    • — Gwylan on May 25, 2022
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    • Biscotti don’t spread 🤦‍♀️

      • — Deb on November 25, 2022
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    • Biscotti is supposed to be dry and crumbly. You dip them in coffee.

      • — Julie on December 7, 2022
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  • It’s perfection! I’m an amateur baker and even I was able to achieve the beautiful texture by strictly following your recipe. No adjustments needed! I didn’t add chocolate chips so it tasted less sweet (but worked for me) and added chopped walnuts. It’s soo good! It yielded 30 biscotti as you stated. I haven’t gone for packaged biscuits since 😂

    • — Lakshmi on May 23, 2022
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  • I’ve made these many many times with success, but my kids are getting used to less sugary snacks (and the orig recipe isn’t even all that sugary) so I tried using only 1/2 cup of sugar while keeping everything else the same and the kids loved it.

  • These are absolutely delicious! Just a question: it says to cool slightly–how long would that be? I’m wondering because when I cut them, the ends will fall off and they look broken. Any advice would be appreciated! My husband and son don’t care what they look like, but I’d like to give as gifts at Easter and I’d like them to be whole.

    Thank you!!! Love ALL. your recipes!

    • Hi Barbara, you just want to let them cool for about 5 minutes (so they’re not too hot to touch). It’s normal for them to crumble a little, but if they’re hard to cut and breaking, it sounds like you may be waiting too long to slice them. Also make sure you use a really sharp knife to cut them. Hope that helps (and glad you like the recipes)!

    • Use a serrated knife and gently start on one edge at an angle first before moving on to the rest of the cut and end gently on the other edge, all while using a soft sawing motion.

      • — Cher on June 23, 2022
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  • Dangerous to have around, they keep calling to me. Use an electric knife to slice and you will have no problems with crumbs.

    • — Carol Winkelman
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  • Hi Jenn, I started making these right after Thanksgiving and ended up making about 12 dozen….gave them as Christmas gifts and passed them around my neighborhood. Now I’m famous haha. I’ve also made them with cinnamon and slivered almonds, my husband’s favorite, as well as leaving out the cocoa powder and using brown sugar- sort of a chocolate chip cookie. So easy to make! Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe!!

  • These turned out so good! But I cut the salt to 1/4 teaspoon because what you said to use seemed like way too much for me, otherwise it came out super yummy!
    I didn’t have electric mixer so I actually mixed Everything together by hand!

  • I follow this recipe to a T, and they come out perfect every time. What I love about this recipe is I don’t have to refrigerate the dough for 2 hours! The only problem is that these biscotti are hard to stop eating Thanks so much for this site. I’m never disappointed with the recipes I’ve chosen.

  • I make these all of the time and they always come out perfectly !! I even used the dough (omitting the chocolate chips) to make tarts which came out awesome!

  • The perfect chocolate Biscotti. I will make these again and again!

  • My family loves this recipe and it’s our go-to for cold winter days. It’s great the way it is, but if we’re in the mood for a slight variation sometimes we add a tablespoon of cinnamon to the dry ingredients or swap a teaspoon of the vanilla extract for a teaspoon of almond or coconut extract. All varieties are delicious!

  • Hi Jenn,
    I first made these biscottis around a year ago and loved them so much that I have started gifting them to friends. I always thought that biscotti is a fancy Italian recipe that would be difficult and complicated to make, but it’s actually very simple because you’ve laid out the instructions so well! Mine turned out exactly as yours look in the photo, although the second and third time round they were a little more crumbly – but no big deal as the crumbs are lovely to sprinkle on top of porridge in the morning haha! I love baking them during winter/the festive season and enjoying them dipped in hot almond milk or a latte. My mum and I absolutely love these, plus they make the house smell amazing…can’t wait to make them again sometime soon. Keep up the great work!

  • Would these taste ok after about 2 weeks in the mail, traveling overseas? And would they be too crumbly for shipping? If not, do you have a suggestion for another treat that would work? Thanks for all of your awesome recipes! You are our ” go- to” website, always! Liz

    • Hi Liz, So glad you like the recipes! These do last for at least a week, but 2 weeks may be pushing it. Some of my desserts that ship well are any of the biscotti, the Toffee Almond Sandies, and the Scottish Shortbread. The shortbread may be your best bet as they will last nicely for up to a month. Hope that helps!

  • I’ve made these several times and they are excellent each time.
    They have become our family’s favourite biscotti. Thank you Jenn for another wonderful recipe.

  • I made these as part of my Christmas treat box that I give to family and friends. They turned out perfectly and were so easy to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • The best recipe for chocolate biscotti!! I always get compliments.

  • I make this every year and everyone loves it. Easy to make, great directions— only one small addition—where you say eat with coffee, tea or warm milk, we love it after dinner with a nice red wine!

  • Having read the post below, please can you confirm the metric measurements are correct? I don’t want to waste ingredients but would def like to try- it sounds like a lovely recipe. Thanks

    • Hi Jo, happy to help — can you tell me which comment you’re referring to? Thanks!

  • Thank you Jen for your many excellent recipes.
    Can I prepare the dough a few days ahead & shape/bake on the day I need it for? How many days will do & can I freeze the dough or just keep in the fridge?

    • Sure, Myrna — I think you could refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days. You can definitely freeze the dough. See the bottom of the recipe for specific freezer-friendly instructions.

  • The best!! Just made a triple batch for gifts as these freeze well.
    Is it possible to make these with gluten free flour?

    • So glad you like them! I’ve never made a gluten-free version of these so I can’t say from experience, but another reader commented that she has and was happy with the results. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

  • I have probably made these 20 times. Once you sprinkle them with confectionery sugar, they look beautiful and make great gifts. I always get rave reviews. Thanks Jen for another great recipe and Happy Holiday to you!

  • I have made these 5 or 6 times. They turn out everytime and are delicious!! Don’t last very long in our house. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Hi Jenn

    Adding some roasted hazelnuts would be okay to this recipe? Right?

    • Sure – just chop them. If they’re too big the biscotti will be hard to slice. Hope you enjoy!

      • Jenn

        Wanted to share I added 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts and came out beautifully with some white chocolate drizzle. Absolutely delicious.

        • Sounds delish — glad they came out well! 🙂

  • So I tried making this, followed all the metric measurements, it came out to be really wet to the point where I could not even roll it up into a ball. More like batter than anything.

    I couldn’t save it and had to be thrown out. Not so sure what went wrong but think this recipe is not for me sadly.

    • You could just spoon the batter onto a cookie sheet in the shape of two ‘logs,’ 2″ wide and 3/4″ high. Just smooth the ‘logs’ out so the edges are pretty straight and even.

      • — Rosette on December 30, 2022
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  • These look great! Would you recommend a lighter colored baking sheet or a bit darker (not very dark) for this recipe? Or would either be fine? Thanks!

    • I’d go lighter. Enjoy!

      • Should have asked sooner since first bake is done. Do you flip each one during second bake? Thanks!

        • No it’s not necessary to flip once they are on their sides.

  • These came out delicious. My only thing is I like to weigh my ingredients but I bake in degrees Fahrenheit and the temp for metric is in celsius but it doesn’t say celsius. You might want to include that info so people get the temp right. Delicious cookies though, thank you.

    • Thanks for pointing that out, Andrea — I just fixed it (and glad you enjoyed the cookies)!

  • Hey Jenn! Thanks for the recipe. I have these in the oven now. Do I leave the oven on when I place them back in or have the oven off? Thank you!

    • Hi Annie, you keep the oven on. Hope you enjoy!

  • I have made this numerous times. They are delicious and easy to make.

  • Fourth time I’ve made these now, everyone loves them. I made a change and substituted peppermint extract for the vanilla extract, same measurement. Who knew chocolate peppermint biscotti would taste so good. It’s a nice change of pace.

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