Hand-Made Biscotti From Sonoma

Crunchy and dainty biscotti by a woman who sure knows how to make them.

Bonnie Tempesta is no stranger to making biscotti.

After all, you might recognize her surname from the La Tempesta biscotti company she started in the 1980s, then sold in 1997, but not before it became the largest biscotti bakery in the United States.

You just can’t keep a woman away from biscotti for long, though, especially one with a Tuscan heritage.

Tempesta is back making the twice-baked Italian cookies for her new company, Boncora in Sonoma.

The name is a mashup of “Bonnie” and “ancora,” which means “encore” in Italian.

Recently, I had a chance to try samples of her new biscotti, crafted from a different recipe than used in her original company.

Boncora biscotti are available in two flavors: Classic Almond and Chocolate Dipped.

Perfect for a gift -- or to hoard all to yourself.

These are dainty, delicate biscotti. They’re smaller and not as dense as more Americanized versions of biscotti.  These are crackly crisp and practically shatter when you bite into them.

They are filled with big roasted almond halves. The chocolate-dipped ones make use of Guittard semi-sweet and milk chocolates. They’re so addicting, I had to stop myself from inhaling the entire container.

The cookies contain a blend of white and spelt flours, which Tempesta, says lends them a richer taste and more rustic texture. They are hand made to order, too.

One serving (about three cookies) weighs in at 130 calories for the almond variety and 140 for the chocolate-dipped version.

Five percent of every sale benefits two causes near and dear to Tempesta: Pets Lifeline Sonoma, a nonprofit that feeds and rehabilitates homeless dogs and cats; and Share Our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States.

The cookies will be available online starting Sept. 24. An 8-ounce package is $13.50 for the almond variety; $14.50 for the chocolate-dipped.

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Date: Friday, 21. September 2012 5:25
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  1. 1

    Oh I love biscotti. Perfect with hot chocolate or coffee. Thank you Carolyn and have a good and fun weekend. :)

  2. 2

    I love the packaging. Simple and pretty. I love biscotti and these sounds wonderful. hm…the chocolate dipped ones are calling my name.

  3. 3

    I haven’t had much luck with biscotti in the past. Each one I’ve had seemed to be tough, and I wonder if biscotti is just an excuse to over cook a cookie? LOL. But this crackling version sounds like it might be worth a try. I’m still waiting to try a really good biscotti that won’t make me feel like I’m breaking my teeth.

  4. 4

    LOVE LOVE LOVE biscotti. I feel like it’s underrated.

  5. 5

    I love their packaging too, so cute! Perfect for gift (and of course even for myself!). By the way, is that your plate? SUPER cute!!!

  6. 6

    Sounds like my kind of biscotti! :)

  7. 7

    These biscottis do look extra special with the spelt and the large almond pieces! Thanks for introducing this great biscotti baker!

  8. 8

    Biscotti are wonderful. These look terrific – thanks for the heads up!

  9. 9

    They sound wonderful and hand made to order if a lovely rarity in this world! :D

  10. 10

    The cookies look delicious, and how wonderful that they’re supporting a great cause. I’ll look for them!

  11. 11

    Lovely biscotti & what lovely packages too!

    Great as a food gift, for me, please!

  12. 12

    Gosh! I’d love to get my hands on these cookies!! And the chocolate dipped one must just taste awesome!!

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