When something awful happens to your friends or family, what do you do? In my family, we usually visit the individual(s) and bring some sort of food, in hopes that they will feel better soon. And this brings me to biscottis: they make nice gifts. Plus you can easily dress them up with drizzled chocolate and the packaging options are endless. So in other words, biscottis would make nice ‘feel better soon‘ gifts.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice + 1/4 tsp orange zest or 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped
1) In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, orange juice/ zest, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the white chocolate, dried cranberries, and chopped almonds. Form dough into a disk and chill for 20 minutes, or until dough is no longer sticky.
2) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn dough out onto parchment and lay saran wrap over-top. Flatten disk into a rectangle about 1 inch thick, using a rolling pin.
These cookies turned out really good, even with the minor tweaking of ingredients. I didn’t have any pistachios or enough orange on hand, but made it work with the ingredients I had.
Nice balance of different flavors, textures, and weren’t too sweet either. The crunch/ flavor from the almonds especially adds a nice flavor and texture – you could probably substitute any type of nut into this recipe. One thing that I would change for next time would be to add more orange zest.
There was a hint of orange flavor, but not as much as I’d prefer. I was scrounging in my fridge for oranges and only found 2 tiny mandarin oranges. Attempted to zest and juice them… Zesting mandarin oranges is probably not the best idea… Could hardly get any zest out and the skin was so soft/ thin that it ended up pealing off in chunks while I was trying to zest. Other than the orange/ cutting issues, I really liked this recipe. May have to try the original, un-tweaked recipe sometime down the road too.