Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too! This recipe is perfect for chocolate lovers! For those who are new to Biscotti, you will love them! They are incredibly easy to make and so versatile.

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Here, we've used chocolate and orange as the main ingredients. You can adapt this recipe very easily by adding some nuts, such as pistachios or walnuts, perhaps a sprinkling or dried fruit, like cranberries and make it more festive, or white chocolate. Really, the sky's the limit with what flavor combinations you'd like to experiment with. 

What are Biscotti?

Biscotti, also known as cantucci, are Italian almond biscuits, that originated in the city of Prato. They are twice-baked, which makes them quite hard and dry, oblong-shaped, crunchy, and can be dipped in a drink, traditionally Vin Santo, which is an Italian dessert wine.

How do you eat biscotti?

You can also use these double chocolate and orange biscotti to serve with a coffee and dip the biscotti in your coffee. They are designed for dipping into a drink, hence why they are hard and dry, so they soak up the dunking liquid. Making them oblong, of course, makes it nice and easy to hold whilst you dip it into your drink!

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I made a batch of these again this week and simply popped half a dozen in a brown paper bag to give to my neighbor as a gift. These make perfect gift packages, particularly over the Christmas holidays, and they also look pretty in jars. You can make a few different combinations and package them up. Your friends will really appreciate them! 

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make these delicious Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti. Please enjoy and don't forget to have a coffee when you eat them!

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hour

Serves

16 - 24

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

4 oz or 110 g Self-Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 oz or 60 g Ground Almonds
2 1/2 oz or 75 g Sugar
1 tsp grated nutmeg
2 oz or 60 g Dark Chocolate Chips

Wet Ingredients

1 large orange, zested
1 large egg and one egg yolk, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 325 F or 170C

2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and combine well.

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, add dry ingredients to mixing bowl

2. Make a well in the centre then add the egg and vanilla extract. Use a spoon to start the mixture off to combine,

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, add wet ingredients to mixing bowl

then use your hands and bring the mixture together, kneading well.

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, combining all ingredients

The dough should come together and will feel quite dry. We want it to be quite firm so don't worry!

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, showing consistency of dough

3. Take a sheet of parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Then place the dough mixture on the paper and form in to a roll using your hands, like a long sausage shape. You can make any size roll you wish, for this recipe, my roll was approximately 10 inches in length and 4 inches in width. Once you have it shaped to size, gently press down along the top to flatten it slightly.

If you make your roll shorter and wider, obviously your cookies will be longer when you come to cut them.

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, shaping dough

4. Bake for 30 mins until firm to the touch. During baking, the roll will crack and split on the surface and sides but don't worry, that is normal.

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, baked

5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 - 15 minutes.

6. Use a sharp serrated bread knife to cut the log into slices approximately a finger width apart.

If any of the biscotti starts to crumble away when you slice, just push it back on firmly. It should still be warm enough for it to stick back on

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti , slicing biscotti

7. Arrange the slices of biscotti back on the baking sheet and reduce the oven to 250F or 130 C .

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Bake for 30 mins or until the biscotti are completely hard to touch. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool then store in an air tight container or wrap in parchment or paper bags and give as gifts!

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!
Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

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Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti

Yield: 16 - 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Double Chocolate and Orange Biscotti are lovely little Italian cookies perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Easy to make, and make perfect gifts too!

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 4 oz or 110 g Self-Raising Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 oz or 60 g Ground Almonds
  • 2 1/2 oz or 75 g Sugar
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 oz or 60 g Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 large orange, zested
  • 1 large egg and one egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 325 F or 170C 

2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and combine well. 

Make a well in the centre then add the egg and vanilla extract. Use a spoon to start the mixture off to combine, then use your hands and bring the mixture together, kneading well. The dough should come together and will feel quite dry. We want it to be quite firm so don't worry! 

3. Take a sheet of parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Then place the dough mixture on the paper and form in to a roll using your hands, like a long sausage shape. You can make any size roll you wish, for this recipe, my roll was approximately 10 inches in length and 4 inches in width. Once you have it shaped to size, gently press down along the top to flatten it slightly. 

** If you make your roll shorter and wider, obviously your cookies will be longer when you come to cut them. 

4. Bake for 30 mins until firm to the touch. During baking, the roll will crack and split on the surface and sides but don't worry, that is normal. 

5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 - 15 minutes.

6. Use a sharp serrated bread knife to cut the log into slices approximately a finger width apart. 

** if any of the biscotti starts to crumble away when you slice, just push it back on firmly. It should still be warm enough for it to stick back on!

7. Arrange the slices of biscotti back on the baking sheet and reduce the oven to 250F or 130 C . Bake for 30 mins or until the biscotti are completely hard to touch. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool then store in an air tight container or wrap in parchment or paper bags and give as gifts! 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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