Biscotti are twice-baked almond biscuits from Italy, great with vanilla ice cream, tea or cappuccino. They are not hard to make.
I am not a big fan of biscotti, but I am trying to find a nice dessert with a longer shelf life (for gifts) and also something tasty to sell during the holidays. This is my first attempt at making biscotti & I was a little intimidated. I am happy to say that making biscotti is so EASY! I followed the directions of the recipe except I didn't have orange zest. Instead, I added 1-2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier. The biscotti was a HUGE hit. I tested it at a party & everyone thought I should sell it to Starbucks---so much fresher and tastier! After mixing the dough, I let it sit in the mixing bowl for 10-12 minutes so that it could set up. It made it easier to handle (wet hands helped with the stickiness). Also, I baked the biscotti dough on Silpat sheets and had no problems with sticking. I used a serrated knife & had no problems slicing the biscotti. Also, I added a few extra minutes to the second baking because I like a drier biscotti. I can't wait to experiment with more biscotti recipes!! - 02 Jun 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO WAS WHEN I GAVE THIS RECIPE A FIVE-STAR RATING.....AND I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BISCOTTI RECIPES, IF NOT THE BEST, YOU WILL EVER FIND. AFTER GIVING IT AS GIFTS THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE IS MY FAMILY WANTS IT FOR A GIFT...WORD GOT AROUND QUICKLY IN OUR FAMILY ABOUT IT, AND SO A CHRISTMAS DOES NOT PASS WITHOUT IT....SOMETIMES, I GIVE IT AS GIFTS, FOR "JUST BECAUSE". IT TRULY IS A GREAT RECIPE. - 26 Dec 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
These were fantastic! Thanks,Thea. Spreading the chocolate on each cookie was a bit time-consuming, so on my subsequent batches, I laid out all the cooled cookeies, cut side up, on the baking sheet. I put the slightly cooled melted chocolate in a cake decorating bag with a plain tip and "squiggled" it over the cookies. It was fast, looked great and there was just enough chocolate on each cookie to enhance the orange flavor without overpowering it. - 04 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)