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Chocolate, Orange And Hazelnut Biscotti

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I am working on gift boxes, I have sent off several but still have a lot to go, it’s a labor of love and quite a lot of work, the planning, shopping, baking is labor intensive but packaging and sending takes time as well, carefully packaging is so important as you don’t want your baked goods to arrive in pieces. Putting together a box or basket to give as a gift takes planning and careful thought. You want to send things that travel well, items that can withstand a few days in transit without going stale and you must carefully pack so that when the carrier jostles it around it will stay intact. I always send 2-3 day priority mail and tell them it’s “perishable” asking them to stamp that all over the box. So far I have been lucky and everything I have sent arrives in good shape. Knock on wood!!

A work in progress

A work in progress this is going to New Mexico to the winning bidder in a charity auction for a sick pup

Every year I make biscotti, being Italian I grew up on these delightful cookies, they are best when dipped in coffee, milk or Vin Santo or sweet dessert wine. This recipe is from Marisa’s Italian Kitchen, I changed the ingredients just slightly, Marisa’s biscotti have anise seed or extract which I would have loved and thought I had but did not so I left out the anise, and added chopped hazelnuts, other than that I followed the recipe exactly. This recipe caught my months ago and I saved it knowing I would be making biscotti for the holidays, I was looking for a biscotti that is not to hard, light and tender and looking at her recipe I thought that would be what I was looking for, and that is exactly how they turned out. They are delicious, I think adding the almond flour gives them a light as air, crunchy and delicate texture. They are wonderful and thank you Marisa for a great recipe.

Chocolate, Orange And Hazelnut Biscotti

 adapted from Marisa’s Italian Kitchen

1 3/4 cup flour

1/3 cup almond flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips

3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tbs orange zest

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup melted butter

1 egg white beaten with fork (to brush on the logs)

Heat oven to 350 degree’s and line a baking sheet with parchment

slightly uneven logs ready for the oven

slightly uneven logs ready for the oven

In large bowl add flours, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine, add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and stir so that the chocolate and nuts are covered with flour. In a small bowl beat the egg, sugar, orange zest, vanilla and butter. Add to the dry ingredients and using a wooden spoon stir until it’s a cohesive dough (the dough will be a little sticky, don’t add more flour thats the way it should be) Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough onto it. Divide into 4 equal portions and form each into a log that is between 8-10 inches long. Transfer the logs to the baking sheet, brush with egg white and bake for 20 minutes turning pan halfway through. After 20 minutes remove from the oven and sit the baking sheet on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Place a log on a cutting board and slice diagonally into about 3/4 inch slices with a sharp serrated knife and place back on baking sheet standing upright for more even baking.

standing upright for even baking

standing upright for even baking

Place back in the oven for 15 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes on the pan and then remove to cooling rack. NOTE: Timing is important. I baked them for exactly the time outlined in the recipe and I think to achieve these results you have to. I am not one to stick to an exact baking time, I tend to wing it, but with a few recipes I make I have to and this is one of them. 

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65 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yum-making homemade gifts is a lot of fun I really enjoy it too!

    December 7, 2016
    • Oh my I totally missed everyone’s comments, terrible. Thanks Cheryl and have a very merry Christmas.

      December 23, 2016
      • No problem Suzanne we are all busy and rushing around! May your Christmas be safe, merry and bright! xo

        December 23, 2016
  2. Your photos are always so beautiful, Suzanne. Makes one want to chew on the monitor… 😉
    The almond flour sounds like a delicious improvement. I love dip-able cookies. Mega hugs.

    December 7, 2016
    • These cookies are so dippable and delicious. I have a thing for biscotti or any cookie that can be dipped anyway. Thanks so much Teagan and sorry I missed everyone’s comments not sure how that happened. Merry Christmas my friend!

      December 23, 2016
  3. Love the combination of flavors here. I’m sure everyone will be delighted to get these. 🙂

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much Ronit. I am always nervous giving baked goods hoping everyone likes them. Happy Holidays.

      December 23, 2016
  4. these sound delicious!

    December 7, 2016
  5. Wow you’ve gotten good at taking pictures! Very professional! And I admire likewise the labor of love you put into your culinary projects. Just cool stuff all-round going on over here, as usual. Love what you do!

    Merry Christmas in advance!

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much and sorry about the delayed response I guess this one got away from me. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas as well and looking forward what’s on the pit for the holidays.

      December 23, 2016
      • No worries, I know how it goes. Hope you have a great Christmas too! Don’t eat too much!

        December 23, 2016
      • Trying not to all these cookies are hard to resist. Happy Holidays!!

        December 23, 2016
  6. One of my favorite combination of flavors, love biscotti. Sounds like you are ahead of the game this year, already getting your gift boxes out. Good for you!

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much Cheri, I always try to be ahead of the game and pretty much succeeded this year for the most part but still doing some last minute stuff. Happy Holidays to you and yours and wishing you a fantastic 2017!

      December 23, 2016
  7. Very nice. I’d love to be the lucky recipient of one of your packages Suzanne lol Happy Baking!

    December 7, 2016
    • Thanks so much Jess, I always love your 12 days of cookies you really have some wonderful recipes. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

      December 23, 2016
  8. Hey Pug! so I finally updated that book review I’d been meaning to write. You liked it when there wasn’t anything there, I hope you like it now that…well, that there is something there! Hit me up here, and if you still like it, leave a comment 🙂 http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-Ni
    Have a great day!

    December 7, 2016
    • Hey Jacob, sometimes to access the page I just press like and sometimes there is nothing there to like, LOL, kind of like Seinfeld a show about nothing. Thank you for the link to your review and thanks also for stopping by. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday.

      December 23, 2016
  9. I like biscotti when it isn’t baked so hard too. Orange and chocolate is delicious, and I think the hazelnuts would be tasty. 🙂 Good luck with shipping, Suzanne.

    December 7, 2016
    • Hi Mary, I just feel terrible that I didn’t see anyones comments. OMG, I am delinquent. Thank you so much winding down now, have mailed and delivered packages to friends and clients with only a couple to go I am almost done. Wishing you a very Happy Holiday!

      December 23, 2016
      • Oh, please don’t feel terrible You, my dear, are a busy lady! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and Percy, Suzanne!

        December 23, 2016
  10. Another recipe I’ll have to try over the hols. I’ve been meaning to make biscotti for several years now. Do you ever get to catch up on all the recipes you want to try?!

    December 7, 2016
    • I actually love making biscotti, it’s so easy not fussy at all and I love having with coffee. Thanks so much Johnny,

      December 23, 2016
  11. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Your gift boxes look great! Still working on cookies for the library bake sale and a birthday cake. The gift boxes are next I hope.

    December 7, 2016
  12. Hi Suzanne, so glad to hear you enjoyed the biscotti! Hazelnuts are a great addition paired with chocolate and orange zest. They look perfect!! I’m sure the recipients of your baked goods really appreciate you😊

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you Marisa for a great recipe. I love it and your tips are spot on. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      December 23, 2016
      • Thanks so much Suzanne and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, enjoy the holidays😊🎄

        December 23, 2016
  13. Biscotti is one of my absolute favorites! I have never tried to make it myself, but I think I will – it will make great homemade gifts!

    December 7, 2016
    • Biscotti are perfect for gift giving, they last a long time, are delicious and travel well. Thank you so much Mary,

      December 23, 2016
  14. Love the combination of orange and chocolate, the addition of hazelnuts sounds even better! These look great, Suzanne!

    December 7, 2016
  15. The combination of cocolate, hazelnut and orange sounds amazing. And great captures Suzanne:)

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sumith, my apologies for being so late in my response. Happy Holidays,

      December 23, 2016
      • Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!

        December 23, 2016
  16. I’ve never made biscotti before but love them. Loving these ingredients in your biscotti, I’ll bookmark it and give it a go.

    December 8, 2016
    • Thanks so much Loretta, biscotti are such a wonderful cookie to include in gift baskets. They are so easy to make and very forgiving. Thank you again and my apologies for the delay in thanking you.

      December 23, 2016
  17. I love biscotti, and these look absolutely delicious Suzanne! Such a great idea to send them as gifts. Those stickers are too cute!

    December 8, 2016
    • Hi Antonia, thank you so much, hope you have a fabulous Holiday and a Happy New Year.

      December 23, 2016
      • Thank you! Happy New Year my friend 😀

        December 29, 2016
  18. These look really delicious. I was pondering making some gluten free biscotti then I remembered that a friend of mine often makes it for us as a Chrissy gift so now I don’t have to. He he….

    December 8, 2016
    • Gluten free biscotti would be good to try, would be interested if you did make them even though you get them as gifts. Thank you Lisa and Happy Holidays.

      December 23, 2016
  19. This looks delicious and your photos are stunning. Enjoy your weekend. Emma xx

    December 8, 2016
    • Thank you so much Emma hope you have a very happy holiday and amazing 2017!!

      December 23, 2016
  20. Your friends and family are very lucky to have you gift these wonderful treats! They look scrumptious.

    December 8, 2016
    • Thank you Kathryn, I am so embarrassed just seeing these comments, not sure what happened but I have been so busy there has been a disconnect. Happy Holidays my friend hoping you have a glorious Christmas and Happy New Year.

      December 23, 2016
  21. Biscotti have to been one of my all-time favorite cookies. I like the combination of flavors in the ones you prepared. They would be so good with a cup of afternoon tea.

    December 9, 2016
    • Tea or Coffee, dipping these crunchy biscuits is the best. I love them as well Karen and thank you so much. Happy Holidays.

      December 23, 2016
      • The same to you.

        December 23, 2016
  22. I really want to make these Suzanne,, they look fab. I am bookmarking. Thanks for sharing with us.

    December 11, 2016
    • Thank you so much Zeba they are really wonderful I think adding the almond flour is a great addition and makes them tender.

      December 23, 2016
  23. Suzanne, I haven’t bake biscotti before honestly. Sounds complicate when I read other recipes. But I will have a go when I saw yours. Thanks! 🙂

    December 11, 2016
    • This is so simple Mochi, really easy to make and absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.

      December 23, 2016
  24. Chocolate, orange & hazelnut– perfect combination Suzanne! We had lots of anise seeds in cookies when we lived int Spain– so I like it for the nostalgic taste– but chocolate is better! These look so professional! — and I agree packing things up to mail takes so much time. I do little treats to our kids once a month and it’s a job! Hope all your Christmas plans are coming along… I wrapped the last gift today. hooray! Merry Christmas friend. xox

    December 12, 2016
    • Growing up in an Italian family we also had a lot of Anise especially in cookies and other baked goods. My father had espresso every day with Anisette liquor, my Grandfather had anise biscotti almost every morning with his coffee. I love it and shame on me not having any in my kitchen. Thank you Rhonda Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family,

      December 23, 2016
      • How wonderful to have a distinct family heritage, Suzanne. Sweet memories– that you can carry on. Do you have any family in Italy? Have you been able to visit there? Hope you’re knee deep in happy Christmas. xox

        December 24, 2016
      • Merry Christmas Rhonda hoping you have a wonderful joyous day with your family!

        December 24, 2016
  25. I love this post. I have started to learn Italian and at tea break we often have biscotti. I am good at eating the biscotti but not so good at the Italian, progress is slow. Buon Natale!

    December 22, 2016
    • Buon Natale, il mio Italiano non e molto buono. I used to live in Italy but it has been years and I am quite rusty. Thank you so much and I also love biscotti. Merry Christmas!!

      December 23, 2016
  26. Oh the beauty of biscotti! The combo of orange and hazelnut would be amazing!

    December 23, 2016
  27. Thank you so much Ann, hope you have a wonderful Holiday!!

    December 23, 2016
  28. Suzanne – I have been wanting to make biscotti for years but somehow have been fearful of it. But i think this recipe will be my gateway!! Thank you – and Happy Happy Holidays!!

    December 24, 2016

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