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Basil Orange Biscotti

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Basil Orange Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies featuring floral notes. An herb and citrus pairing in a cantucci cookie recipe for spring and summer flavors.
Basil Orange Biscotti scattered on a counter surrounded by fresh basil and orange slices

Basil Orange Biscotti are floral crisp cookies full of spring and summer flavors. This delicious pairing brings hints of citrus and herb notes to a classic Italian cookie.

A pile of Basil Orange Biscotti on a counter with basil and orange slices around them

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Biscotti, also called cantucci, are delicious, crisp Italian cookies that are baked twice.

A unique flavor pairing that you will love in a crisp cookie. Perfect for dunking into tea!

You can find more biscotti recipes and Italian cookies under the recipe card below!

Basil Orange Biscotti scattered on a counter surrounded by fresh basil and orange slices

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need for homemade biscotti:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Orange Zest
  • Dried Basil
  • Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Orange Glaze
All ingredients needed for the cookies on a counter and labeled

Equipment

This is the equipment you need to make cantucci:

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Stand Mixer (or bowl and hand mixer)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • Oven
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Zester

Instruction Overview

First mix together the butter and sugar in the stand mixer until combined.

Add the eggs and incorporate one at a time.

Then add the vanilla, dried basil, and orange zest until just incorporated.

Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Remove the dough, split in half, and create two logs approximately 12 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the tops are starting to get cracks.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

While still warm, cut into slices with a very sharp knife.

Place the slices on the baking sheet and bake another 15 minutes.

Let the cookies cool completely before decorating with orange glaze.

Modifications and Substitutions

Should biscotti be hard or soft? They are traditionally hard. But you can reduce cooking time if you do want them soft.

A closer view of Basil Orange Biscotti in a pile

Kim’s Tips

It is important to let the cookies cool completely before decorating with glaze. Otherwise, the warmth will cause the glaze to run off.

FAQs

What is the secret to making biscotti?

The double bake is what makes the cookies crisp and delicious!

Why is my biscotti not crispy?

The cookies were likely not baked long enough the second time.
You want them to feel relatively firm with a slight give in the middle when you press on them, as they will harden a little more when removed from the oven.

Should biscotti dough be chilled before baking?

This is not necessary, but can be done if making the dough in advance. Chilling makes the dough easier to handle but might require a slightly longer cooking time.
A pile of Basil Orange Biscotti cookies on a counter with fresh basil and oranges
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Basil Orange Biscotti scattered on a counter surrounded by fresh basil and orange slices

Basil Orange Biscotti

Basil Orange Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies featuring floral notes. An herb and citrus pairing in a cantucci cookie recipe for spring and summer flavors.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 74kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle position.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or using a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed.
    4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar
  • Add the eggs one at a time, combining fully before adding the other.
    2 large eggs
  • Add the vanilla and briefly mix to combine.
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the basil and orange zest and mix on a slow speed until just incorporated.
    1 Tablespoon dried basil, 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Reduce speed to low. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and split into two halves.
  • Roll the dough out into two logs approximately 12-13 inches long and 2 inches wide (slightly flattened with your hands). Place on a silicone mat or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the loafs for about 20 minutes, or until they are starting to develop cracks on the top.
  • Remove from the oven and let the logs cool for only 10 minutes.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the logs, at a diagonal, into cookies approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place all of the slices onto the baking sheet again (touching is fine as they will no longer expand).
  • Put the cut cookies back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
    The cookies will feel crisp on top but still slightly "give" and push down in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack completely.
  • Decorate if desired with orange glaze and additional orange zest. Store in an air tight container up to 1 month.
    orange glaze

Notes

If decorating with glaze, do not do this until the cookies are cool. Otherwise the glaze will run off and not stick.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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By on April 26th, 2023

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