Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chocolate Chip Orange Cantuccini/Biscotti


     Now most of you will know these as simply, biscotti, however the traditional name of this type of cookie is Cantuccini.  Biscotti translate into twice baked cookie.  So in theory any cookie you bake twice is a biscotti.  I took a simple recipe and added chocolate chips, orange zest, and made a simple orange zest icing to drizzle over.  The ingredients you could add are endless.  Try whatever you like. Nuts, berries, etc. anything could be delicious in these simple cookies.  I like mine a bit soft and chewy in the center with a crispy outer crust.  Please enjoy these, Chocolate Chip Orange Biscotti.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Zest from 1 tangerine/mandarin

  • Powder sugar
  • Milk
  • Zest from 1 tangerine
  • Orange food coloring

     Preheat oven 350 degrees.  In one bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  In another bowl blend the butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs one at a time then blend in the orange zest.  Next blend in the flour mixture in batches until well incorporated.  Finally add in the chocolate chips.  Take the cookie mixture and place on a foil lined pan and shape into a rectangular log about a 1/2 inch thick.

     Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until brown around the edges.  Let cool for about another 30 minutes and then slice at an angle into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Lay back on baking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes. 

     To make the icing mix enough powdered sugar and milk together in a bowl to make a nice icing.  Add in the orange zest and some orange food coloring.  Once cookies are cool enough drizzle some of the icing over and cool.  These are perfectly crisp on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside.  Makes about 1  1/2 dozen. Enjoy!

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