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Feb172011

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

We're having a bit of a post-Valentine's Day blog writing slump...potentially induced by a pan of S'Mores Brownies and Iced Sugar Cookies that we *may* have finished by ourselves. 

Let's just have a Chocolate Orange Biscotti and see if we can locate some inspiration...people, it's a BISCUIT not a cookie. Well, we think it's a biscuit. "Biscotti" sounds a lot like "biscuit" after all. But, whatever. We've covered this with the Almond Biscotti

You see. All we can think of at the moment are the mounds of Easter candy rapidly appearing at grocery stores everywhere. Easter is one of our FAVORITE holidays (hmmm, wonder why) and we are having a hard time containing our excitement and reigning in our blog-writing focus.

Cadbury Creme Eggs. Cadbury Mini-Eggs. It's so difficult to determine which of these takes first place. But, did you know they now have Dark Chocolate Cadbury Mini-Eggs!?!? Be still our British hearts.

Then there are Whoppers Robin's Eggs. We prefer the mini version to the regular size. Just in case you were curious. Uh, Peeps. Hello?!?!? PEEPS! PEEPS! How can you not love something called a peep and something shaped like a chick?!?! Hmmmm, maybe that's weird that they are shaped like chicks...but they are pink too, so that makes it ok. PEEPS!

Wait, where were we? What are we writing about? What did we bake today?

Er, better have another Chocolate Orange biscotti to ignite the grey matter. They are small....-ish. It's cool.

Mmmmm, tastes just like a crunchy marriage of chocolate and toasty pecans and sweet orange. 

Orange! Like orange Starburst Jelly Beans which seriously everyone needs to get on board with asap because they are like little juicy Easter jewels. Trust us. You'll thank us.

What are we talking about? Argh. Still trying to write this blog post. Better take a break since now we seem to have completely derailed from our goal and we have melty chocolate all over our fingers. 

We'll save this as a draft and come back later and perhaps then we'll know what to say.

Just taking another biscotti...for the road, you know. 

Chocolate Orange Biscotti
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Makes about 28 cookies

Print Recipe

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon orange extract
Orange zest from 2 medium oranges
1 heaping cup of whole pecans, lightly toasted, roughly chopped
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then add the orange zest (we used a coarse Microplane to zest the oranges because we wanted larger pieces of orange, but you can obvy use a finer zester). Add the orange extract. Gradually add flour mixture and beat everything until blended. Finally, stir in the pecans and chocolate. Gather dough together; divide in half. Wrap each half in plastic and put in the freezer for 30 minutes in order to firm up.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Remove the dough from the freezer and form each half-dough piece into a 14-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Don't worry if it's not exact. Transfer the logs to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake the biscotti logs until light golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer parchment with the logs onto a rack to cool for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, reduce the oven temperature to 300°F. Place more parchment on the baking sheet.

Using a cutting board and serrated knife, cut each cooled log into 1/2-ish-inch thick slices and stand the slices upright on the parchment baking sheet. 

Bake biscotti until slightly dry to the touch and pale golden, about another 30 minutes.

Cool completely on a rack and enjoy!

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Reader Comments (13)

Dark chocolate cadbury mini eggs?!?! OMG!! I need to get some.

Biscotti looks mighty tasty - I'm loving the orange/chocolate combo lately.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Making biscotti is SO Fun. I love the flavor combo here!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

YUM. I love anything chocolate orange. And Easter candy too!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy M.

Dark chocolate mini eggs!?! Dangerous. The originals got me through many a meeting. And don't get me started on Peeps. Stale Peeps? Amazing. I've even taken them internationally when I've been away for Easter (FYI - you can't find them in Hungary!).

And the biscotti looks pretty darn delicious too!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

This sounds like a really yummy biscotti! Chocolate and orange are so lovely together!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

Oh the cadbury dark chocolate mini eggs are my favorite!!!!! I haven't made biscotti in ages; it't about time to make some again!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMackenzie@The Caramel Cookie

Yum!!! I actually baked Chocolate Orange Scones this morning. They were a huge hit!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandi

Oooh, I love the combo of chocolate and orange. These look wonderful.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Oh yum! I was just reading through my google reader and saw these...and now I am craving one of these to go with my cup of tea! Yum!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos! These look wonderful, I will definitely be trying them out sometime soon!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTalar

Mmm I love the combination of orange and chocolate! And any excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast is a winner to me :)

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

These sound amazing. I didn't think I'd like chocolate and orange together, but it's really good. I recently discovered how easy it is to make biscotti and I'll be making these soon!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah (So, How's It Taste?)

I'm a sucker for the chocolate + orange combo. I have to make this! And what do you know, I have the ingredients at home already. :)

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

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