Nutella Biscotti with Hazelnuts & Chocolate

Thankfully I still have a small stash of crumbly good hazelnut and chocolate filled Nutella biscotti wrapped up and tucked away in my kitchen for this coming weekend-the rest of my biscotti is either on it’s way or has arrived in Athens, Greece – that’s right GREECE not Georgia!  Sending this batch of Nutella biscotti the furthest distance any of my homemade cookies has ever traveled -thanks to my French Fridays with Dorie Valentines Day cookie exchange!    Although I would be happy to send a batch to Athens, Georgia-let me know if I have any biscotti loving readers in Athens;-)

In addition to sending my biscotti half way around the world I’m also linking these delicious cookies a little closer to home at  The Chocolate Party hosted by Roxana’s Home Baking which features monthly chocolate themed recipes.  The month of February is chocolate chocolate so I’m hoping that the Nutella in my biscotti counts as the second chocolate after the mini chocolate chips.

Today is also reentry day for me after a long Superbowl weekend in New Orleans with lots of action that as a San Francisco 49ers fan included plenty of emotional ups and downs.  We didn’t get much sleep in NOLA as we were on the go all day and most of the nights, but  it was a good kind of tired.

After a long travel day -don’t you just hate it when you have to fly in the opposite direction from where you’re going to catch a connecting flight home?  Which is probably why I have Athens, Georgia on my mind.   Airline people-we need more direct flights from SFO to New Orleans. I know I finally made it home by the good night’s sleep I had in my own bed.

The Super Bowl is an experience, talk about intense being in the Super Dome with more than 70,000 cheering football fans from all over the nation.  From our terrace level seats we saw  Jennifer Hudson sing God Bless America with the Sandy Hook Choir and Alicia Keys in a long red dress sitting behind a white grand piano sing the National Anthem.  We watched Beyonce perform at the half time show, which I think sucked all the power out of the Super Dome and caused the blackout which was pretty surprising to all of us in the audience.  Surrounded by fellow 49er faithful fans, we experienced up close and personal the big letdown of losing to the purple people eaters from Baltimore when we were so close to winning in the last few moments of the game.

After the game we had the pleasure of going to the 49ers after party where we were entertained by the rapper Snoop Dogg -my first rap show ever -I have to say it was entertaining and an especially cool experience to have with my family.  Later in the evening, I think it may have actually been closer to the wee hours of morning a few players came out on the stage to dance for us.  Seeing the smiles in the crowd and enjoying the music with everyone was just what the doctor ordered after the sobering experience of losing the Super Bowl.

We had a great weekend in NOLA with so many fantastic experiences that I will remember including having a very special lunch the day before the Super Bowl at Emeril’s New Orleans with Emeril himself working the line in his open kitchen.  The food was amazing and after lunch Emeril paid us a short visit at our table-we are huge fans so that was a thrill!  I’ll share some photos next post.

We rented an apartment in the Garden District which was a good idea as the French Quarter where we stayed last visit was crazy with a million people.  We really didn’t spend much time at our home base which was fine because there is so much to do and see in New Orleans.  I like to visit a city by walking everywhere which is what we did over the weekend including walking to the Super Dome for the game-everything is so close and New Orleans feels like such a livable city with amazing food at every turn.  Too many good places to eat and not enough time to try all the restaurants friends recommended -we’ll just have to go back sooner rather than later.

Nutella Biscotti with Hazelnuts & Chocolate

Yield: 40 biscotti

Adapted from The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Nutella, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste, optional but good
  • 2 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup roasted, skinned hazelnuts, lightly chopped
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until smooth, light and fluffy, scrape down several times if necessary.
  4. Add the Nutella and mix until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl as needed.
  6. Mix in the vanilla.
  7. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  8. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture all at once and blend on low speed just until the flour mixture is mixed in the dough.
  9. Remove the bowl from the stand and stir in the hazelnuts and chocolate chips.
  10. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a log using a lightly floured counter-logs should be about 2" wide and 14" long.
  11. Place both dough logs on 1 parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the logs are firm to the touch and slightly golden brown on the edges.
  12. Place the baking sheet on a metal rack and cool logs completely.
  13. Turn the oven down to 275F.
  14. Cut the logs in slices 3/8" wide and place on both parchment lined baking sheets.
  15. Lightly toast the biscotti in the oven for about 35 minutes, rotating and switching the baking pans half way through this process.
  16. Remove from the oven and cool on metal racks.
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  1. Patti – it sounds like you had an amazing time in New Orleans. What an experience!
    Your cookies look wonderful and someone is very lucky to be receiving these :-)

  2. Patty – sounds like you had an AMAZING time in NOLA! I loved following your journey thru instagram. These biscotti’s look and sound wonderful. Hope to see you soon!!! :-)

  3. Your biscotti look so delicious, Patty! Next time we’ll have to do a swap :) .

  4. Oh Patty you make the most delicious things! Glad to hear you had such a great trip. I am not much of a football person but the husband’s enthusiasm for the game convinced me to watch my first Superbowl and I actually really enjoyed it! The half time show was my favorite part tho- Beyonce was awesome! Must have been so thrilling to watch it all live and that too in New Orleans!

  5. I am glad that you had a great time and experience in New Orleans.
    Your biscotti looks fantastic…love the hazelnut and chocolate…and I can see that you were very generous.
    Have a wonderful week Patty!

  6. Oh Patty…this looks incredible! I’m so excited to have a new biscotti recipe!!! I really enjoyed all your photos during your New Orleans trip…thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us!

  7. Looks like you had some fun in New Orleans.
    The biscotti looks heavenly with nutella!

  8. I’m pretty sure you got your assignment wrong, Patty. These marvelous biscotti were supposed to come to Indy, NOT Greece ;) They look marvelous! I was thinking of your all weekend and during the game…and was disappointed that the 49er’s were so close, but couldn’t pull it off. It sounds like you enjoyed every bit of the experience…such a fun time for your family! xo

  9. What an amazing trip! I want to get to New Orleans someday. Love the biscotti!

  10. I love anything with Nutella, and these biscotti look soooo good! I am going to New Orleans in a couple of months and I’m really excited to check out the French Quarter and try different restaurants. So cool that you got to meet Emeril!

  11. Wonderful to read about your experience in New Orleans! It’s definitely on my list of cities to visit. And these biscotti look so delicious!

  12. Biscotti is one of my favorite cookies and gifts to give for the holidays. These look amazing, Patty!

  13. Sounds like a roarin’ Super Bowl weekend you had! I’m green with envy. Wish I can experience Super Bowl at least once in my life – LOL! Wow, first ever rap concert? You even beat me – I haven’t been to one ever!!! Now, on to these biscotti. I would love to dunk this in a hot cup of coffee.

  14. Patty you were living the life over there. It was so close and hard to watch here the loss, I can only imagine it was worse up close like that. I saw that pie on Instagram and you met him, you are my new hero! Hope you’ve recovered from all that fun. I have one more night of nights school (I know I’m way too old for that crap, lol). Yes, lunch soon, I want more details and any leftover biscotti if you have them.
    -Gina-

  15. Patty, I admit to not being a bit football fan, but my goodness, I thought of you all day Sunday. I can only imagine what an experience it was, to be there, and to have been able to experience the highs and the lows of the game. Even I was riveted!

    Someone in Athens is very very lucky, I must say. My goodness, these biscotti look amazing.

  16. It’s nice to read about your experience in New Orleans, although the results weren’t favorable.
    These biscotti look great, yes, Nutella counts as a second chocolate. Thanks for bringing them to this month #chocolateparty

  17. Oh, to be the lucky recipient of these biscotti. Guess I’ll just have to make them myself.

    My husband always gets irked by those crazy airline routes–it really does make for a long travel day but in your case, you had such fun. I kept telling the hubs, “Patty’s there right now with her family” as the game went on. What an awesome experience, rap show included. :)

  18. this look great- So glad to be posting with you through the chocolate party :)

  19. I had fun time following you on IG! You had lots of good food too… I was drooling here. :) These biscotti look so good! I’ve been seeing so many Nutella recipes today and I’m having crazy craving right now!

  20. What a fantastic experience you had with the Superbowl. I’m especially digging the fact that you went to a Snoop Dog concert with your family. Veeeeeery cool! Your biscotti looks perfect and I LOVE chocolate and hazelnuts together. Yum!

  21. I have never made biscotti and this recipe sounds delish! I New Orleans is on my to do list for traveling- sounds like a fun time! My best friend lives in NYC and I am in southern California she keeps begging me to ship her some goods but I am afraid they won’t stay fresh/good? Any tips on shipping food?

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Elizabeth, I’ve heard that it’s better to mail cookies in a tupperware type container and avoid using a Ziploc bag-or you’ll end up with crumbs instead of cookies!

  22. I absolutely love New Orleans! It sounds like you had a fantastic time and how cool that you got to meet Emeril! It was so disappointing that the 49ers didn’t win, but what an exciting second half! It must have been a strange experience when the lights went out. I’m so glad that you had a fun time!

  23. I make a lot of biscotti, and this one is exceptional. The nutella flavor is subtle but adds a nice flavor. Thank you so much.

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