Orange White Chocolate Biscotti

by Heather on January 23, 2012

Biscotti makes me feel fancy.

Well, just using words in other languages makes me feel fancy.  You know, biscotti, paella, coq au vin.  Makes me feel like I’ve just been to Europe and back.




But here’s the thing with biscotti – it’s rarely done right in my opinion.  So many times I’ve had it and it’s been almost soggy, not crisp, and certainly didn’t taste like it had been baked twice.  But this version?  My friends, this version has a little oomph to it, a little somethin’ extra to keep that crunch and make you say mmmmmmmmm…in Italian, of course.

Dunk it in tea, coffee, or just eat as a snack.  Dip in chocolate and give it away to your friends.  Play around and make it studded with dark chocolate and orange zest – I won’t judge.


In fact I may just ask you for a piece of that kind too!


Inspired by Giada’s biscotti.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • zest from two large oranges (about 2.5-3 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 300.  In a bowl mix together the egg whites and sugar until they start to dissolve, around 4 minutes (this is a good time to zest the oranges).  Mix in the orange zest until it’s broken up and combined.  Add in the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder.  Mix until combined.  Finally add the walnuts and white chocolate chips.  Turn dough out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment or a Silpat, and using your hands mold it into a log about 3 inches wide by 12 inches long, making it as even as you can.  Bake at 300 for 30 minutes until the top is just starting to brown.  Let the log cool for about 5 minutes, then gently remove it to a cutting board.  Using a serrated knife (and some patience) cut it into 1-inch slices width-wise and place them cut side down on the baking sheet.  Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the cut sides are golden brown.  Let cool completely before eating and storing in an airtight container.

I think I like this fancy feeling!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 23, 2012

Yessssssss please!? I need these with my coffee this am asap!


2 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 23, 2012

Anything said with a Giada accent makes me feel fancy :-) These look great!


3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 23, 2012

Spa-GET-ti ;)


4 January 23, 2012

Ri-COUGHT-a (love it)


5 Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 23, 2012

I recently made some biscotti for the first time. It was much simpler than I thought, but I agree it is going to take practice to perfect! This recipe looks very good and I loveeee Giada!


6 Blog is the New Black January 23, 2012

Looks and sounds incredible! I made white chocolate and orange scones that were to die for… reminds me of this!


7 Urban Wife January 23, 2012

I’m thinking dark chocolate with these will hit the spot!


8 kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 23, 2012

Biscotti- like dessert for breakfast. How could you not love it?


9 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 23, 2012

love that flavor combo! I just got a huge box of oranges so I think I’ll have to experiment with these!


10 Delishhh January 23, 2012

YUM – i still to this day have not made biscotti and looking for the perfect recipe – this might just be it. . .How are you feeling? I started ‘silent’ contractions – i have them but don;t feel them yet. Things are progressing though. . .


11 Heather January 23, 2012

I’ve been good, just wearing out faster than normal. No contractions yet for me but the baby is moving around like crazy!


12 Julie @Savvy Eats January 23, 2012

I used to love me some biscotti, but haven’t had it in AGES.


13 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2012

I love biscotti! It is the easiest cookie to make and so delicious with coffee.


14 Deanna B. January 23, 2012

My grandma makes biscotti every couple months, but I feel like I’m missing out because she never makes chocolate biscotti.


15 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 23, 2012

Mmm this sounds awesome!


16 Julia @ The Roasted Root January 23, 2012

Wow, those biscotti look amazing. I love a good cup of joe in the morning, and this biscotti looks like the perfect match!


17 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 24, 2012

I agree with you – there are too many biscotti recipes floating around that are just buttery cookies in log form. These look like they nail the taste and texture!


18 Marly January 30, 2012

I’m so into the flavor of orange right now so this recipe really caught my eye. Orange-flavored biscotti? Bring it on!


19 Aggie February 19, 2012

Biscotti are fancy! :) I love biscotti, dipped in my coffee!

That zest pic is beautiful!


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