Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Biscotti

In my house, holiday baking has become quite the production.  It requires a huge amount of time, energy, and organization.  I tend to make about five different treats to include in the bags for the sake of variety.  Then there is always the matter of making enough batches of each item so that every goody bag gets a decent amount.  I end up doing a lot of math – not my favorite.  I’m actually thinking of changing my game plan for next year, and spreading it out over the course of a week, working on one item each day.

Biscotti are one treat that I include in the bags every year.  Though the flavor varies, I think it’s ideal for several reasons.  First, they are easy to make.  When you make this many gift bags, the treats need to be on the easier side to keep it manageable.  Second, the biscotti keep very well, making them greatl for giving away and shipping when necessary.  Finally, they are a lovely compliment to the bags of hot cocoa mix included in each bag.  I considered a multitude of flavors of biscotti, and when I consulted Ben, the choice was made instantly – peanut butter chocolate biscotti.  This classic flavor pair is irresistible to a lot of people, and there was nothing else peanut buttery in the bags.  Thank goodness for the corner pieces of biscotti.  We were very happy to get to sample a few of these ourselves.

For those readers who have been asking, the final breakdown of my holiday baking went like this:
Vanilla Bean Caramels – 2 batches
Peppermint Brownies – 4 large pans
Hot Chocolate Mix – 2 batches
French Butter Cookies – 5-6 batches
Peanut Butter Chocolate Biscotti – 3 batches

I hope everyone is having as much fun in their kitchens as I am this month.  It’s tiring, but so fun and so worth it!

Side note – Today is the last holiday giveaway – a super cute apron from Anthropologie!  See the Facebook page to enter – details will be posted before 8 am.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Biscotti
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Yield: about 30 biscotti
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup mini chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)

Additional chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, peanut butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy and smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Blend in the vanilla.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed between additions.  With the mixer on low speed, blend in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks until evenly distributed.

Divide the dough in half.  Shape into logs on the prepared baking sheet, about 11- by 3-inches in size, spacing at least 3 inches apart.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven while maintaining the oven temperature.  Let the logs cool for 10 minutes.  Slice the logs diagonally into slices about ½- to ¾-inch thick.  Lay the slices, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake, turning once, until the slices are slightly crisp, about 20-30 minutes more.   Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  If desired, drizzle cooled biscotti with additional melted chocolate.  Let set before serving.

Source: adapted from The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery, originally from The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook

30 Responses

  1. i’ve never seen peanut butter biscotti before! i’d definitely enjoy dunking these into hot chocolate!

  2. This biscotti looks amazing! I am so excited to try it!

  3. Hi Annie! All those goodies sound delightful. How many treat bags are you making this year? And I would love to see a picture of one!
    Happy Holidays!!
    Peace, Stephanie

    • I made 20 bags. I don’t have any photos of the finished bags, unfortunately. As soon as they are made they start flying out the door!

  4. Oh fabulous idea! We love biscotti and um peanut butter?! Love.

  5. These biscotti look fantastic! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate :).

  6. perfect with hot cocoa

  7. I love love loooove biscotti. It’s so different from normal Christmas cookies that are soft and chewy. I love the light crunch. I also love peanut butter and chocolate. Thank you for combining my favorites into one glorious thing 🙂

  8. Annie-

    I ate half the bag of this biscotti yesterday-I forgot to tell you. I loved it because it was moist. I usually find biscotti too dry. But yours? Out of this world! I finished the coffee, and then scooped up all the crumbs with a spoon. By far, it’s the best biscotti that I’ve ever had. It was perfect, delicious, and scrumptious! 🙂

  9. These biscotti look delicious! For my wedding favors, my mom baked hundreds of these treats and we stuffed them in cute decorative baggies. Will definitely have to try this recipe!

  10. Annie, you’re reading my mind. So about an hour ago I was on your page writing down the ingredients to your peppermint Biscotti which I am making this afternoon for my Christmas tins. While reading it over I though “ hmm wouldn’t some kind of chocolate chip variation of this be fabulous!?” So I refreshed back to your homepage so I can search to see if you have ever made any and TADA! What was staring at me right in the face? These chocolate peanut butter beauties! I’ll be making these this afternoon too!
    Thanks again Annie!

  11. I just made double chocolate walnut biscotti yesterday, and was thinking that I need to bake biscotti more often! I will definitely have to try this peanut butter version!

  12. I can’t wait to make these and some hot chocolate. I’m tempted to take a sick day just so I can do it now 🙂

  13. Oh Biscotti is so perfect this time of year, never tried peanut butter though! I can’t wait and thanks for your line up of holiday baking, its so fun to see what everyone’s plans are.

  14. Very nice! I have never made Biscotti before, I think I should, maybe after the holidays when everything is not crazy hectic busy 🙂

  15. I have never had peanut butter biscotti! this sounds incredibly interesting! i would definitely give these a go!

  16. Biscotti are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie, but I haven’t made them in ages! Thank you so much for reminding me of this, and for sharing this delicious and decadent recipe with unique flavors! I absolutely love the peanut butter-chocolate combo and will have to try these soon.

  17. I love making biscotti and can’t wait to try your recipe! Happy baking 🙂

  18. i just started reading your blog awhile ago and I have to say I saw this recipe and got up and made them right away! This might be one of the best recipes I have pulled from all the blogs I read all year! (this and ohsheglows gingerbread cake with spiced buttercream frosting!) happy holidays to you and your family.

  19. Hi Annie, have to tell you your site is my number 1 favorite of those I view. Favorite for recipes and info and also for ease of use. I am not working out of the home any longer so my gifts this year are baked goodies and home made cookie and cake stands. I have enjoyed baking with my tow year old grandson this year; he is a great helper! I have done as you are thinking of doing and limited to 1 kind per day-less stressful. We have made about 10 different kinds so far with only 1 kind left- I think. Enjoy your holiday and thank you for all you contribute to your readers.

  20. Peanut Butter and Chocolate made to go together. That and wine and cheese.:)

  21. Ooohh I love biscotte. And peanut butter and chocolate! bless you for combining so many of my favourite things into one.

  22. Yum! Adding this to the recipe bucket list but will try a variation with the PB&Co. White Chocolate flavor with white chocolate. 🙂

  23. looks so good!

  24. Oh yummy! These biscotti look delish.

    I never tasted a different version of them than the almond classic biscotti.

  25. I agree that biscotti are a great holiday gift bag item. I just shipped some to Chicago (From New Jersey) and I’m not even that worried that shipping is going to be delayed. I made chocolate hazelnut and cranberry orange biscotti for nut lovers and haters alike. I plan on making some when I go home for christmas as well to impress the fam.

  26. What a delicious idea. I’ve made dark chocolate and almond biscotti before but these sound so… naughty. All the better for it!

  27. YUM! Just made these for our goody bags, last night. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Making these right now….they smell great baking in the oven!!

  29. i’ve never had peanut butter biscotti before, but it looks delicious! would be great with a cup of coffee for dessert!

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