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Recipe: Rich Chocolate-Orange-Coffee Biscotti

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Love biscotti? Make your own!

Love biscotti? Make your own!

Make Your Own Biscotti!

After eating some rather terrible biscotti from an otherwise excellent local bakery, my mother decided she disliked biscotti altogether. Perhaps she simply ordered a strange flavor or was served a stale cookie. It was not until she tried biscotti made by a family friend that she learned how good they could be. She realized that they could be a splendid combination of crunchy, satisfyingly textured, and richly flavored.

Indeed, biscotti can be very accommodating of a wide variety of flavors. And so I designed a biscotti that is a combination of chocolate, orange, and coffee flavors, thrown together in a fit of inventive fancy, based on a French mousse I had once enjoyed.

The strongest flavor in these dessert cookies is the chocolate; the orange complements it and the coffee rounds it out. If one desires a different flavor mix it would be easy to adjust some of the proportions; for example, by adjusting the amount of instant coffee.

This recipe is entirely my own.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oranges, zest of
  • 5 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier


  1. In a large bowl, combine together the orange zest, instant coffee, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Mix together with a blender at a slow speed.
  2. Microwave the butter briefly until it is soft. Beat it into the dry ingredients and add in the vanilla and Grand Marnier liquid. It should form a rich, dark, slightly moist mixture. Add in the eggs, and beat more until it forms a rich chocolate dough. Fold in slivered almonds.
  3. Roll this out on a counter, and form into a long flat shape, 1 1/2 inches wide, slightly less tall, and however long as one has dough for. Then divide into three long logs of the same size, making sure each one is smooth and consistent. Place them onto a baking sheet and leave a space between each to enable them to expand.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for some 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Then remove, let cool for several minutes, and cut them in diagonal cuts into individual biscotti. Place on their sides, and bake 10 minutes longer, then turn over, and bake 10 minutes more. Once they have cooled, they will be ready to serve.

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