Boxed cake mix makes this biscotti easy to prepare, but the taste and appearance make it memorable. 'I've given neighbors these decadent chocolate-covered delights for the holidays,' writes Ginger Charfield of Muscatine, Iowa.

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20 mins
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42 servings


Original recipe yields 42 servings
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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, flour, butter, chocolate syrup, eggs and extracts; mix well. Stir in the almonds and miniature chocolate chips. Divide dough in half. On ungreased baking sheets, shape each portion into a 12-in. x 2-in. log.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes o until firm to the touch. Cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; carefully cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 1/2-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.

  • In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, melt vanilla chips and shortening. Drizzle over biscotti; let stand until hardened. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 18.1g; fat 8.3g; cholesterol 14.7mg; sodium 135.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (29)

Rating: 5 stars
This is a really great and versatile recipe. I was concerned that it would taste too "cake-mix"-y, but it's a really nice flavor. I've since made this with orange cake mix (with orange rind and dried cranberries mixed in, drizzled with white chocolate), lemon cake mix (with almonds and poppyseeds), and spice cake mix (with walnuts, mini chocolate chips and a toffee drizzle). Yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful recipe- quite easy to make. I doubled the batch, and thank goodness for that. It was a big hit with my friends. I took out the chopped almonds (I'm not a fan) but left the extract. I would also highly recommend trying out those easy to use microwavable dipping chocolates instead of the white chocolate/shortening recipe. You can find it in the bakers section of any grocery store. All you have to do is microwave the chocolate and it will harden once you refrigerate the biscotti. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
When I mixed the ingredients up, the dough was so dry it crumbled, so I had to add a little water. I thought the recipe was OK. I should have baked these a little longer than recommended because they weren't quite crisp enough (probaby b/c of the water!). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Having baked biscotti from scratch for many years, this recipe great interested me. I am SO GLAD I tried this recipe. It is wonderful and when I think of all those hours spent measuring out ingredients.....well......all I can say is THANK YOU for this time saver. I bake biscotti for our church's coffee nights and I know everyone will enjoy these wonderful treats. Last night I made the chocolate, orange/cranberry and lemon poppyseed all with white chocolate drizzled over them. I am now the Queen of Biscotti!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I love Biscotti and have been buying them at our local bakery for $10 per pound. Now that I'm retired I thought why not save some money and make them myself. When I searched for Biscotti and this recipe came up I thought it looked too easy to be any good but I'd try it. I followed the recipe exactly except I mixed in the nuts and bits by hand. That little bit of kneading helped to smooth out the batter. The final consistency reminded me of play dough. The cookies were fantastic, every bit as good as the ones from the bakery. My husband likes them better. I’ve been thinking of variations since the basic recipe of cake mix, flour, butter and eggs could be used with any flavor cake mix and combination of flavorings, nuts and dried fruits. The important thing is to make sure that the dough is very dense and that the cookies are completely cooled before you store them. Some variations: German chocolate cake with walnuts and coconut Yellow cake with dried cranberries and pecans Red velvet cake with white chocolate bits German chocolate cake with chopped English toffee Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This biscotti was easy to make and came out fantastic. The use of the chocolate cake mix as an ingredient made it taste somewhat like a brownie. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I thought this recipe was wonderful.It was not dry or crumbly at all and the flavor was great.Tastes just like a brownie.I am currently finding recipes for biscotti for my moms coffee shop and this is by far the best chocolate one I have found. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was skeptical at first and kind of thought I was 'cheating' and that I couldn't say this was real since I used cake mix.'s yummy! And it looks great! I used a german chocolate cake mix, rum extract, and toasted pecans and still have to dip them in chocolate but so far they're tastier than the other recipe I also did today, and I even burnt these! (tip: even if you're in a hurry, don't put two pans in side-by-side! My cookies were seriously perfect and then I burnt them and literally cried.) Anyways. Thanks! I'm going to try that tip with using the different cake mixes, that seems clever. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was my first attempt at biscotti and I was thrilled with the results! Everyone that I shared them with was very impressed. The second batch I used a butter pecan cake mix, left out the almonds, and used caramel syrup in place of the chocolate syrup. Now I can't decide which flavor I like more! Read More