Derrick’s Orange Hazelnut Biscotti

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See recipe below!

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Recipe

Cream together 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, and 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest. Add 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Mix well.

Shape dough into two rectangles, approximately 9×4 inches. Bake on a parchment lined pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly.

Cut rectangles on a slight diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Place slices cut side down on a parchment lined pan and return to the 350 degree oven for another 15 minutes.

After biscotti have cooled, drizzle with an icing made from 1 cup powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons orange juice. Garnish with coarsely chopped hazelnuts.

5 thoughts on “Derrick’s Orange Hazelnut Biscotti

    • It’s funny how tastes migrate through the season… I was on a pumpkin kick, and that’s giving way to cranberries and citrus right about now. This is a really reliable biscotti recipe – I hope you enjoy!

  1. I tried making these and found they literally crumbled – I had to use the entire egg to make this workable. Tasted great, but just the yolks was not enough for mine.

    • The dough is quite stiff, but I haven’t had problems with crumbling before. Sometimes the moisture content in different batches of flour is enough to create small differences in the ratio of wet:dry ingredients. That’s a bit unusual, but happens. I’m glad it worked with the whole egg! 🙂

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