If friends and neighbors are dropping by for some holiday cheer, here’s a very quick recipe for a delicious snack. It works well as a quick dessert, too.
Keep biscotti around—they have a long shelf life—or ladyfingers, which freeze well and can be revived in a minute in the microwave. Then, in less than five minutes, make this chocolate dipping sauce.
The combination goes with brandy, coffee, cola, fruity red wine, liqueurs, tea, and of course, a glass of milk.
Cubed pound cake, amaretto cookies and/or sliced fruit are also delicious with the chocolate sauce. Chocoholics may prefer brownie cubes or fingers.
The recipe makes enough for eight two-cookie servings. We turned to one of our favorite holiday snacks, Nonni’s Biscotti.
As a bonus, Nonni’s isn’t rock-hard like conventional biscotti made for dipping in coffee or a dessert wine like vin santo. You don’t have to dip it…although don’t hesitate to follow the tradition.
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE FOR
This festive but easy recipe, which we adapted from Nescafé, is presented as individual servings.
But if you have a fondue pot, chafing dish, brazier, or other way to keep the chocolate sauce warm, you can set it on a table with a platter of biscotti, ladyfingers and other cookies.
Apple wedges and orange segments also works.
6 ounces chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coffee or orange liqueur (e.g. Kahlúa, Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules
16 to 24 biscotti or ladyfingers
1/4 cup heavy cream
Optional: cayenne for a bit of heat
1. MELT. Place chocolate and cream in a medium, microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 60 seconds. Stir with whisk until smooth.
2. COMBINE. Whisk in liqueur and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved.
3. ASSEMBLE. Divide the chocolate sauce among 8 small dessert dishes or whatever you have: brandy snifters, ramekins, rocks glasses, small wine glasses, tea cups, etc). Place 2 to 3 ladyfingers to each glass. Serve immediately.
Alternative: Use a plate under the dish and put the biscotti on the plate.
Tip: Serve with espresso spoons so everyone can scoop up the remaining chocolate sauce.
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ABOUT NONNI’S BISCOTTI
Nonni’s Biscotti is the number one-selling biscotti brand in the U.S.
Whether for a coffee break, snack or part of dessert, we’ve been enjoying Nonni’s since they came onto the market in 2012. There are flavors for everyone, plus special holiday editions.