Biscotti All'arancia E Mandorle (Orange and Almond Biscotti)

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 55 mins

From Can be prepared 1 week ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Store in an airtight container. These biscotti have a great and unusual flavor with the orange and almond combination!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 34 cup blanched almond, chopped (about 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 12 cup candied orange peel, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur or 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten to blend


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line 3 baking sheets with waxed paper. Lightly flour waxed paper.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into medium bowl.
  4. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until blended.
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until fluffy.
  6. Mix in nuts and candied orange peel.
  7. Add flour mixture and liqueur; beat until well blended.
  8. Spoon dough out onto 1 prepared baking sheet, pressing to form 12-inch-long rectangle, about 5 inches wide (dough will be very soft). Place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  9. Cut chilled dough lengthwise into 3 strips.
  10. Shape each strip on lightly floured surface into 12-inch-long, 1 and 1/2-inch-wide and 1-inch-high log.
  11. Transfer logs to remaining 2 prepared sheets, 1 log on 1 sheet and 2 logs on second sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
  12. Brush logs with egg yolk.
  13. Bake until golden and firm to touch (dough will spread), about 30 minutes.
  14. Cool completely on baking sheets. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F
  15. Using serrated knife, cut logs into 3/4-inch-wide diagonal slices.
  16. Stand biscotti slices upright on 2 heavy large baking sheets.
  17. Bake until biscotti are pale golden, about 25 minutes.
  18. Transfer to racks and cool.
Most Helpful

Cantucci is the Italian name for this biscuit (biscotti is a general word for biscuits) which has origins in Tuscany, my Italian friend tells me. You dip it in vino santo and eat it. Great idea, Sunshynetoo - re: making a whorl pattern with the cocoa. I had no oranges or orange peel, so I used 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel which makes the biscotti smell wonderful. I'd suggest lessening the sugar to 3/4 or 2/3 cup (one cup is way too sweet!). I also threw away the eggwhite of one egg so the dough would be easier to handle - less soft n sticky.

RotiJala August 28, 2009

I didn't have orange peel, so I use orange flavored cranberries, chopped fine. I added 1 T. orange zest and 1 t. orange extract to the recipe to enhance the orange flavor along with the Grand Marnier. Easy to prepare. Good taste. I read somewhere to let them cool for a few hours before cutting for the drying. This helped. Not as much crumbling as the first time I made. I only made 2 logs. One log I made plain. I divided the other log in half and added 3 T. of cocoa to half. Then I twisted, as well as you can twist, the plain 1/4 log with the cocoa 1/4 log. Very pretty when cut. I'm going to drizzle these with chocolate. Very good! Yum!

Sunshynetoo August 16, 2009