Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti With Chocolate Cream (VVP!)

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m so excited to be apart of this wonderful group of bloggers. I know there are going to be some amazing recipes shared! Thank you Somer and Annie for helping to organize it! At the end of this post, click on the links to tour the other recipes featured in the potluck. Enjoy!

I’ve been wanting to make biscotti for quite some time, so I thought the potluck would be my perfect opportunity! Dipped in chocolate whipped cream is definitely potluck worthy, don’t you think?!

Seriously….is there anything better than dark chocolate and espresso?! My friends seem to agree with me too, because they all seriously love my Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies.

These are richly chocolate, which is enhanced by espresso and orange juice. At first, I just used almond milk, but the flavor wasn’t quite right. The orange juice added more depth, yet you can’t taste orange juice…exactly what I wanted. They turned out more flavorful than I hoped. Not overly sweet, just full of a wonderful chocolate sensation….just as biscotti should be. You could also add almonds or dried fruit, but I wanted mine to be all about the chocolate! 🙂

Dip them in coffee, tea, almond milk…or get extra fancy and serve them with my decadent chocolate whipped cream! Oh yeah! Seriously….the whipped cream just takes them over the edge.

Recipe:  Makes a dozen biscotti depending on how thin you slice them

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Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or you could use all purpose if you like)

5 tablespoons raw cacao (you can use regular cocoa, but the taste won’t be as authentic)

3 tablespoons dark cocoa (a must here)

1/2 cup organic evaporated cane juice

3 tablespoons organic dark brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon quality ground espresso (such as Illy or Community)

2 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon orange juice

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegan dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (I used a combo of a chopped dark chocolate bar with some semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Note: I did not make these overly sweet, as I really wanted the dark chocolate espresso flavor to shine through. Also, biscotti shouldn’t be too sweet in my opinion. Plus, with the added chocolate, it is just the perfect balance for me!


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Make sure to measure all ingredients well by leveling off with a knife, to ensure the dough comes together properly.

You will only need 1 large bowl and 1 coffee mug to make the batter for this recipe. In the coffee mug, add the orange juice and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Whisk in the flaxseed, espresso, dark brown sugar and syrup. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to get rid of any lumps. Whisk very well. I like to use my hands for this. Next, whisk in the evaporated cane juice. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped chocolate.

Now, add the vanilla and oil to the reserved flaxseed liquid mixture and whisk until emulsified. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid in the center of the bowl. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula until well combined and a dough forms, it may take a minute or so. It will be sticky once it comes together so rub a small amount of cocoa powder between your hands, if necessary. Pour the dough out onto the prepared sheet pan and form a log roughly 4 inches wide, 12 inches long and about an inch high. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just try to make an even layer across, pressing the log with the palms of your hands.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and a toothpick comes out completely clean when inserted in the center. I baked mine at exactly 24 minutes. It will spread and crack some at the top, which is perfectly fine. Cool on the pan for 25 minutes. With a very sharp knife, gently cut diagonally 1/2-3/4 inch wide strips, pressing the knife down with the palm of your hand. They will be tender and delicate, but don’t worry, they will firm up a lot after they cook more and cool completely!

For the 2nd bake, pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Very carefully, lay the cut biscotti on their sides on a cooling rack, then place the cooling rack on top of a sheet pan. This prevents the need to flip them over during baking, and a more evenly baked cookie. It worked beautifully. Bake for 15-20 more minutes until very firm. I took mine out at 18 minutes. Cool completely before handling. They will crisp up considerably as they cool completely. You can slightly toast them the following day to re-crisp, if you like, or just store them in the fridge.

Now…sit back and enjoy the other amazing dishes featured in the Virtual Vegan Potluck by clicking the links below. Mine is obviously in the dessert category, but after the end of the desserts, you can start at the beginning of the tour at the appetizers. Just follow the links on each post. ENJOY!

Click on the above icon to view the previous featured dessert in the Virtual Vegan Potluck!


Click on the above icon to view the next amazing dessert in the Virtual Vegan Potluck!

Click on the above icon to start at the beginning of the Virtual Vegan Potluck tour!

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67 Comments on “Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti With Chocolate Cream (VVP!)”

  1. November 1, 2012 at 4:56 AM #

    Wow. Just wow. Those look so so good! I love chocolate anything, but chocolate and espresso is just heaven.

    • November 1, 2012 at 5:46 AM #

      Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I agree…a match made in heaven, and with the whipped ceam…pure decadence!

  2. November 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM #

    I jumped right out to your link of the chocolate whipped cream. Yours is WAY better than the one I made yesterday. I am so glad to have found your blog!

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM #

      Thank you so much! It is truly indulgent, but guilt-free! Tastes like chocolate mousse almost! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  3. November 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM #

    Wow, that looks so fabulous, and fancy!!

    • November 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM #

      Thank you Allison, I appreciate that! 🙂 Me likes fancy, lol!

  4. November 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM #

    That looks fantastic!! Especially dipped in the chocolate whipped cream!

    • November 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM #

      Thank you!! Yes, that just took it over the top…in a wonderful way! I could eat it just by the spoon! Thanks for your compliment 🙂

  5. November 1, 2012 at 4:47 PM #

    Seriously impressive! I bet they are divine.

    • November 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM #

      Thank you so much Ally! Yes, they are probably my newest favorite dessert now! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

      • November 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM #

        Thank YOU! I’m glad I found your blog.

  6. November 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM #

    Holy fattening, I want some!!

    • November 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM #

      Hahaha Sarah! Yes, the biscotti themselves are fairly healthy…but the cream takes them over the top, in a good way! At least, it is a healthy coconut cream and not dairy…it is a dessert afterall…so I wanted it special 🙂 It is totally delicious just dipped in some cinnamon tea though 🙂

  7. Super Foodie Adventure
    November 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM #

    Mmmm, this looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to try your recipe for coconut whipped cream for ages – this has reminded me to get on with it! The biscotti looks amazing as well x

    • November 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      Thank you! Yes, make it…you won’t be sorry! It’s so easy…just make sure to follow the steps and fridgerate the cream over night so it thickens well. Enjoy! 🙂

  8. November 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM #

    Dark chocolate espresso biscotti dipped in chocolate whipped cream????? Holy deliciousness! Wow! love it!

  9. November 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

    Over the top!! Thanks for bringing such a creative, beautiful and CHOCOLATEY dessert to the Potluck!

  10. November 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM #

    YUM!! that whipped cream looks amazing!! I hope we got the kinks worked out to the link up, my forward links to this post!

  11. Food Stories
    November 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM #

    Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey 🙂

  12. petit4chocolatier
    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM #

    Brandi, this is outrageously over the top! I love it!

    I hope you don’t mind that I reblog it on my reblog page? It is over the top delicious!

    • November 2, 2012 at 12:13 AM #

      Awww thanks for your sweet words Judy!! Of course not, I’d be honored if you did! That means so much to me. Yes, I had to go over the top for the potluck…I just couldn’t help myself, haha! I’ve eaten 5 of the biscotti today dipped in that cream…mmmmm!! 🙂

  13. November 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM #

    If this tastes half as good as it sounds and LOOKS…!

  14. November 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM #

    Oh my gosh – these look amazing!!
    Perfect biscotti 🙂
    Thank you!

  15. November 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM #

    I was in love with the chocolate biscotti but seeing that chocolate whipped cream blew me away!
    Thank you for the inspiration

  16. A Tablespoon of Liz
    November 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM #

    oh my goodness, this dessert looks so decadent!! The biscotti looks like it goes perfectly with that chocolate cream!

    • November 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM #

      Thank you so much Liz!! It really does! Thanks for your comment!

  17. November 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM #

    Okay! Finally made it though to comment rather than to put out fires! Brandi, you made the right choices, the orange juice sounds like a delectable addition and these have to be ALL about the chocolate, and that chocolate whipped cream! WTH (What the Heck!) Checking it out now!!! xx

    • November 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM #

      Thank you so much Somer, that means a lot to me! The first batch I used almond milk, and it was good, but not great…then I thought “I bet orange juice would really enhance the chocolate” and it did, it was so amazing the next batch!! A very noticeable difference. VVP rocked…I’m still making my rounds too 🙂

      • November 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM #

        Way to use your kitchen intuition girl!!!

  18. November 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM #

    Oh would you mind updating your go forward and go back buttons to the permalinks of the potluck dishes before and after you, that will keep the potluck a full circle in the future 🙂 Thanks in advance! xx



    • November 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM #

      Oh absolutely sorry about that!!

      • November 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM #

        Oh totally no worries, most haven’t done it yet!

  19. TIffany Cockrell
    November 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM #

    Yum!! Luv it!! Will deffntly make again and make the french silk pie!

    • November 3, 2012 at 4:52 AM #

      Thank you so much Tiffany! So glad you loved it and thank you for sharing the link on Facebook and how much you enjoyed making it! They are addictive. French silk pie?? That’s not my recipe…oh, you must be referring to the next dessert on the Potluck after mine! 🙂

  20. November 3, 2012 at 3:41 AM #

    No, there is not anything better than chocolate and espresso. This my version of a 5 hour energy drink!

  21. November 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    Chocolate biscotti dipped in chocolate cream? Oh my goodness YES. Haven’t seen Madagascar bourbon vanilla for sale here, but very happy to go hunting…

    • November 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM #

      Thank you! Oh yes, it has a much MORE amazing flavor than plain vanilla! I’m obsessed with it 🙂

  22. November 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM #

    Oh boy oh boy. Chocolate biscotti with a java jolt and then I get to dip them in chocolate too? This is a very exciting and delicious post.

  23. November 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM #

    Oh my WOW, Brandi! Sooooo decadent and delicious!! I think I need to make an ice-cream version! 🙂

  24. November 7, 2012 at 12:40 AM #

    How incredibly delicious!

  25. November 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM #

    hoo WOW that chocolate whipped cream looks fantastic!! I can’t believe this is all vegan. Must make now!!

    • November 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM #

      Thank you so much Erika!! Yes, I wouldn’t believe it’s vegan either if I didn’t make it myself! Sooooo good!!

  26. November 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM #

    Oh my goodness! These look heavenly! YUM!!!!!!

  27. November 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM #

    Mmmm. This is making me so hungry. Thanks for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

  28. November 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM #

    If you could just pop these in the mail for me that would be great! They will travel fine to Australia I am sure 😉

  29. May 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    This potluck has soo many amazing recipes. I can’t wait to find time to get baking!


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