Chocolate Turtle Biscotti
Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa. There’s no better way to start, or end, the day.
My obsession began last year…..the biscotti obsession. A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it. I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I’ve seen in like…..forever. And each jar was filled with any type of biscotti you could think of. I recreated a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Biscotti last year and knew I had to keep the trend going for the recipients of my cookie boxes. The most popular item in them last year was….you guessed it, the White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Biscotti.
I’ve been dreaming of the Turtle Biscotti for a year now. I don’t even remember if they had this flavor there but…..Turtle ANYTHING is always a huge hit. Who can resist caramel, chocolate and nuts….well, unless you’re allergic to caramel, chocolate or nuts. And chocolate biscotti is my absolute favorite to begin with so drizzling caramel, chocolate and nuts on top of chocolate biscotti just makes my knees weak.
If you’re going to make biscotti this year, or any cookie for that matter, you should definitely make Chocolate Turtle Biscotti. They’re really easy to make and totally fun to decorate. This is one you could get the kids to help with and it won’t be too messy. I promise. The caramels are melted in the microwave with a tiny bit of half and half. Easy, right? And the chocolate is also melted in the microwave. Cool. Yep. So, so easy.
These are awesome to serve with coffee after dinner or great to include with a brunch spread. Either way, you’re guests will be super stunned to see them because they just look like they taste incredible….and they actually taste better than they look! Believe it my friends. We have entered into the world of some major gourmet treats…..but without the gourmet effort.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Turtle Biscotti
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 12 ounces dark chocolate, melted (I used Ghirardelli Melting Wafers but you can use chopped dark chocolate, not chips)
- 24 caramel squares
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, stir the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and beat until a dough has formed.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Divide the ball in half and form each half into a log measuring approximately 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Place the logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment and lightly floured about 3 inches apart.
- Bake the dough on the middle rack for 40 minutes or until they are firm all over. Remove the logs from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- On a cutting board, slice the logs on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick. Place the slices back on the baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes on each side or until golden.
- Place the caramels and half and half in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the caramels and the half and half in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.
- Cool the biscotti to room temperature and then, using a pastry bag or ziplock bag with the tip cut off, drizzle the caramel and melted chocolate all over the biscotti. Immediately sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
- Allow to cool so the caramel and chocolate sets and the nuts adhere. Store in an airtight container.
30 Comments on “Chocolate Turtle Biscotti”
I’m definitely a huge fan of turtle-anything. These look like decadence at its finest!
You are killing me! I’m going to be thinking of these biscotti all day and dreaming about dipping them into a latte.
Oh.My.Gosh! This has to be the most decadent biscotti ever! Fantastic!
Oh. Mah. Goodness. This biscotti looks to die for! I don’t care what HuffPo says about biscotti and the holidays–biscotti is where it’s at!
I’ve got a cappuccino ready to dunk these babies into!
HOLY COW! These look incredible!!
Those are the best looking biscotti I’ve ever seen!!
These biscotti are amazing! For some reason I have yet to try and make biscotti at home but now I really want to give it a try!
Whaaat?! That’s some crazy good looking biscotti. It normally looks so boring and dry but this I can get behind!
“drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate”… I’m all smiles because of that line!! 😀
Oh my goodness, this biscotti! I am obsessed!!!!!
OMG now THIS is a cookie! Love Love LOVE this recipe!
Oh, man!! I am weak for turtle ANYTHING! I don’t know what I’d do if I were allergic to chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Life wouldn’t be the same. Love these biscotti!! Just beautifuL!
These are the most decadent looking biscotti I’ve ever seen! I’m totally craving… Love your pretty coffee cups too! 😀
Super yummy! Wow! A wonderful recipe, thank you so much. Your coffee cup is also elegant. Can you please share where you bought your coffee cup and place?
The coffee cup is actually one that I received from a family member so I’m not sure where it’s from. But than you for commenting, those biscotti are my favorite.
These look wonderfully yummy! I’m going to make a double batch to give as Christmas gifts. I’m wondering if I can make and bake the first time and then freeze and finish off the second bake and finishing touches closer to Christmas. How long do they stay fresh after baked?
They stay fresh in an airtight container for about 10 days. You can freeze them after baking both times. Or just freeze the dough until you’re ready to bake.
I made these today and was very disappointed. The actual biscotti was very dense and tasteless. Dunking it in my coffee didn’t make it any better. I made three other biscotti recipes and they turned out great. I don’t know what went wrong♀️
Hi KRisty! I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I’ll be retesting this soon and will make adjustments, if necessary.
HI Kelli, can you estimate a cooking time to make this soft biscotti and any alterations needed?
Hi Annie, I haven’t tested a soft biscotti with this recipe but will give it a try and report back with the alterations.
I have made this recipe numerous times and each time it is always good as the first time. Just the right amount of chocolate.
Thank you for your comment, Cyndi! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
I made 6 dozen of these for my annual cookie exchange!!! they were so decadent looking and so delicious!!! I was skeptical when I read the recipe….how can a good biscotti recipe not have any butter in it? but it was really delicious!
I’m a butter lover but they were definitely too soft with butter added.
I do not know what I am doing wrong. The dough is too soft to work with. I have made thousands of Biscottis and some reason having trouble. Are you using an electric mixer or are you making this by hand? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Hi Kary, I make these using a mixer so if you find the dough is still too soft add a bit more flour just 1-2 tablespoons at a time. All flour is different so it may be the type of flour you’re using.
Can you specify if the cocoa used is natural or Dutch process or does it matter?
I used natural cocoa powder but you can use both interchangeably.