Crucchi: Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

Crucchi: Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti
Elizabeth Minchilli's traditional Italian sweet from her cookbook, "The Italian Table."
Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti
  • 1 cup of toasted blanched hazelnuts (preferably halved)
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 11/2 cups of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If your hazelnuts are whole, stick the point of a knife into a nut at the fat, dimpled end, and it should break in half fairly easily. Don’t worry if the halves aren’t perfectly even. If that seems too fussy, then just roughly chop them. Just don’t chop too finely!
  3. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat them with a fork. Add the eggs to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon. The mixture will be very dry and stiff. Use your hands to finish mixing, adding the nuts at the end.
  5. Using your hands, form an irregular, raggedy mound of about a tablespoon of dough, and drop it onto the cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, spacing the cookies about
  6. 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 minutes. It is hard to tell when they are done, since they are a deep, dark brown, but 20 minutes is usually good.
  7. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. The cookies will be very hard on the outside and a little moist and chewy on the inside. If making them ahead, store them in an airtight container for up to a week.

Credit for the book: © The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends, by Elizabeth Minchilli, Rizzoli, 2019. All images credited © Elizabeth Minchilli.