Accidental Double Chocolate Biscotti

I like to think of myself as a pro while whipping up stuff in the my kitchen. Who doesn’t? However, we all have those humbling moments when you are preparing a known recipe you have made numerous times and then screw it up. It happens.

Questions like, “What was I thinking”, “Can you believe what I just did?”, “What the hell am I going to do now?” along with other choice words seem to enter my head immediately. What you do with it after that is what can really make you shine when things go amiss.

I was preparing a from scratch chocolate cake that is a favourite in our home. Both my husband and daughter request it on birthdays and such. My usual response is, you know I can make other kinds of cake. But to no avail, chocolate it is. Don’t get me wrong it is a great cake and makes enough to feed a large gathering. We are talking 2 – 10 inch rounds here. Cut in half after baking to make a 4 layer 10 inch cake. Yeah, it’s hefty.

I have made it several times and am familiar with the ingredients, the steps and how to pull it all together with no issues. However on this one particular night it went ‘off the tracks’.

All the dry cake ingredients were gathered together and ready to sift. The flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt were all measured out. In my haste I had also included the cocoa powder along with them. Sifted everything out nicely and then stopped. You see the cocoa powder was not to be included in with the other dry ingredients. It was to be dissolved and mixed with some boiling water in a separate bowl and added at the very end of the process once everything else was combined. Really?!

So I had a big bowl of flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and now cocoa that I didn’t want to just toss out. We are talking about a large plastic storage bag of it. So I shelved that for a later project when I had the time to figure out what I was going to do with it. Again I started sifting the dry ingredients for the cake this time omitting the cocoa from the pile.

The cake was finished and turned out beautifully. No one was the wiser except my Hubby who kept asking me what I was going to do with that big bag of ingredients.

Double chocolate biscotti

Given what was in the bag it was not a bad base to start with. Some modifications to the ratios were required to make it work for biscotti. Okay alot of biscotti! We are talking about 3 1/2 times a normal recipe yield or about 4 forms to bake. The good thing is that it makes a great gift for neighbours, can be placed in the freezer and pulled out for a nice breakfast treat with coffee or an emergency after dinner dessert. As luck would have it my Hubby’s work was having a fundraising bake sale. Yes!


So be warned you may be swimming in a sea of double chocolate biscotti by making this recipe but really is that such a bad thing?

Accidental Double Chocolate Biscotti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 80-90 pieces of biscotti

Accidental Double Chocolate Biscotti

Double chocolate biscotti happened by chance.


  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 4 Tbsp icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Scrape down the sides and add one egg at a time and continue to scrape down the sides after each egg is added.
  4. Add in the vanilla until blended in.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips until combined.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Work with each portion separately and on a floured surface form into the dough into a ball initially and then roll it out into a flattened log shape. Repeat for other portions.
  7. Place on the large baking sheets with space in between to allow for the dough to spread while baking. Bake for 35 minutes, then remove from oven and let slightly cool for about 57 minutes. Cut into diagonal slices about 3/4 inch thick and place cut side up on the baking sheets. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Dust tops with icing sugar.


This makes a lot of delicious biscotti!

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