Biscottini natalizi al cioccolato

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday. I usually cook a fair amount and I love to host little parties which gives me the perfect excuse to try new recipes. This is a recipe I actually made last December and did not get the chance to share. These cookies are truly good year round, but somehow, during Christmas, they just have a very different flavor. Here is what you need.

Ingredients – makes about 25/30 cookies

– 7oz 70% dark chocolate (200g)

– 3.5 Tbsp unsalted butter (50g)

– 2 large eggs

– 1/3 cup granulated sugar (65g)

– 1 cup all purpose flour (120g)

– 1 pinch of salt

– 1/2 tea spoon baking powder (2g)

– 1/2 espresso cup of whiskey

– confectioner sugar


Preheat the oven to 325F (160C) and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the chocolate and butter in small pieces and melt them together in a sauce pan over low heat. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature. In a larger bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and the salt with the help of an electric whisk on medium-high speed until thick, pale, and fluffy. Add the chocolate mixture and once well combined add the whiskey. It is important that the chocolate is completely cooled otherwise it will start “cooking” the eggs and will compromise the cooking process and final result overall.

Once completely mixed, fold in the flour and the baking powder just until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic paper and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least hours (you can prepare this dough 2-3 days in advance, just keep it covered and chilled). I recommend to place the dough on the bottom shelf and closer to the back of the fridge as it is usually the coldest part.

Place the confectioner sugar in a bowl. Once the dough is firm, form small balls with your hands (just a little smaller than a golf ball) and roll them in the confectioner sugar before placing them on the baking sheet about 1-2 inches (3-4cm) apart.


Cook for about 10 min. You want these cookies to remain soft; they will eventually harden a little after they cool down. This is how they will look like once cooked. to-edit-1

Let them cool on a cooling rack and serve with your favorite Christmas drink. I personally love to pair them with either some chai tea or even with mulled wine (vin brule’). Either way, I hope you enjoy them and will try them at home.


Leave a comment if you like this recipe and stay tuned for the next delicious dish!



This entry was published on February 19, 2017 at 10:14. It’s filed under Dolci, Tradizione Italiana, Vegetariano and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Biscottini natalizi al cioccolato

  1. Adelmo on said:

    Christmas, Christmas cookies, San Diego ….. how wonderful


  2. Absolutely delicious!! Tough to eat just one


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