Red Velvet Biscotti
Talk about one sexy biscotti!! With its deep, lusty red and teasing drizzle of white chocolate, these biscotti are just begging to be dipping into champagne or a morning after espresso. Dare I say anything more??
To my surprise I found this recipe from Paula Deen and adapted it to my way of making biscotti – just a tablespoon of coconut oil, white/wheat flour and less sugar. I felt that the drizzle of chocolate gave it just enough sweetness, as I always feel I’m sweet enough 🙂 but if you prefer sweeter desserts than adding another half cup should do the trick.
I know it’s hard to believe but Paula did not have any butter in this recipe! She did use five eggs; I prefer four and switched the almonds to pecans. The dough will be crumbly and needs to be pressed and shaped together into two logs. It’s a messy job and the red will turn your hands red (washes off immediately), but who doesn’t like to play with their food anyway?
Red Velvet Biscotti
adapted from Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Biscotti
3 cups white/wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 bottles red food coloring
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand up mixer, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and red food coloring. Mix on low speed to combine. Beat the eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl and then add to mixer and mix until a dough begins to form; it will be a bit crumbly. Stir in the chopped pecans. Using your hands divide the dough in half and form the dough into two long thin logs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Allow the biscotti to cool for 10 minutes. Slice diagonally into 1/2 inch slices and return to baking sheet, standing upright. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
To glaze: Melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Add in 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir well to combine into a consistency for drizzling over the biscotti. Allow to set. Store covered for several weeks. Makes about 2-3 dozen, depending on the thickness of slices.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.
Amy @ Elephant Eats
What a great Valentine’s Day treat! One of these days, I really need to try making biscotti. I’ve been scared off ever since I attempted it once, years ago, and it never got crispy. I think I was too impatient to let it bake again the second time 🙂
How beautiful! The deep red is sexy indeed! And I bet they are delicious!
How do you keep your perfect figure with all these amazing recipes?
This is one sexy biscuit!
Sexy indeed! These are a great idea for Valentine’s Day! I can’t believe there was a Paula recipe without butter. This is a great one though. So pretty. 🙂
Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
What a lovely idea!
🙂 Mandy x
Karen (Back Road Journal)
A deep red biscotti is perfect for valentines day.
I love these! They’re so pretty and sound delicious. Great photograph, Linda! I love how you adjusted the recipe to be less sweet and a little bit less heavy. Hope everything is great with you!
Beautiful and just right for the big day of romance coming up!
Ahhhhh…. biscotti, my fav thing to bake…. and, I think I’ll just stick to the cocoa …. and make them chocolate-y . I do have one recipe with cranberries in it too…. a hint of red for love’s day….
Fantastic, Linda! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I knew you’d have something special for us and I should have known it would be biscotti. These biscotti are really special! I’d never heard of red velvet biscotti before and Paula Deen is not someone I would associate with cookies from the Old Country. 🙂
These, though, with that glaze piping look like they belong on Valentine’s Day, no doubt about it. And your changes will help alleviate any guilt if, for some reason, there are no more biscotti left on February 15th.
the color is so deep and rich and i bet the taste is the same- deep and rich and delicious
This does look very sexy. The colour is terrific. I think you made a good choice switching the almonds for pecans (I much prefer pecans!) xx
Oh I love red velvet, so i am definitely sure I will love this biscotti. I must try this. Thanks for the recipe
What a tasty flavor for biscotti!
France @ Beyond The Peel
I love all your biscotti recipes. This is no exception A Drizzle of chocolate is a perfect added touch.
Seriously this is the best use of red velvet I have ever seen!
No butter! I cannot believe it. Love your humor. This is so sexy and delicious for Valentine’s Day! Absolutely delicious 🙂
Another great idea for Valentine’s and how beautiful the color is on these biscotti! 🙂
All these comments and no one made them? Maybe because one cup of cocoa and two bottles of food coloring seem excessive? (Yeah, they’re basically Paula’s recipe…)