Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

Continuing with my promise to post about different types of Christmas treats, the final days before the big day brings Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti. After making Dorie Greenspan’s fabulous triple chocolate biscotti a couple of weeks ago, I knew I needed to find a second type of biscotti to include in my Christmas goodie packages and for my Christmas Eve cookie platter.  I scoured through my cookbooks, checked online, and was finally pointed in the right direction by Bridget when she suggested the recipe Deb’s got posted over at Smitten Kitchen (from Bon Appetit). Of course!  As a daily reader of SK, I should have known that Deb’s got a delicious recipe over there…sometimes you just need a little prompting though, right?

As most biscotti recipes do, this one also called for nuts (almonds) which I subbed for white chocolate.  And because I really didn’t feel like running out in the snow on Friday to buy orange liqueur, I used pure orange extract in place of the liqueur and the orange zest.  Other than those subs, I made no other changes and used the recipe as sort of a plain biscotti base for my add-ins.  In addition to the white chocolate chips, I added about 1 cup of dried cranberries – who doesn’t love the orange-cranberry combination?!

All in all, these biscotti were just outstanding.  I mean, seriously outstanding.  Better than the chocolate biscotti, if that’s possible.  I’m still tempted to dip them in some chocolate but I couldn’t really decide which – white?  dark?  milk?  I think they all would work perfectly.  But at this point, I’m not sure if I want to take anything away from the flavor of these sweet and savory treats.  If you’re still at a loss for your cookie platter or goodie packages, you must try these!!!

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Rounded ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Scant 1 tbsp pure orange extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, orange extract in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in white chips and cranberries.
  3. Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 ½-inch long, 2 ½-inch wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart.
  4. Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
  5. Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into ½-inch wide slices. Arrange slices standing up on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Biscotti can be made 1 week ahead and kept stored in airtight container at room temperature.

Source

adapted from Bon Appetit December 1999 via Smitten Kitchen

http://www.smells-like-home.com/2008/12/orange-cranberry-white-chocolate-biscotti/

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

  • Prep Time: 15min
  • Cook Time: 32min
  • Yield: about 4 dozen

Ingredients

3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
Rounded ¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Scant 1 tbsp pure orange extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • 01

    Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl; set aside.

  • 02

    Mix sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, orange extract in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in white chips and cranberries.

  • 03

    Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 ½-inch long, 2 ½-inch wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart.

  • 04

    Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
    Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into ½-inch wide slices. Arrange slices standing up on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Biscotti can be made 1 week ahead and kept stored in airtight container at room temperature.

adapted from Bon Appetit December 1999 via Smitten Kitchen

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  • joelen
    December 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    These look fabulous! I love biscotti for the fact they last a while and make a perfect dunker for coffee!

  • December 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Biscotti are great to make this time of year…I made a gingerbread version a few days ago to take home to my family. It is easy and delicious…and they last forever!

  • Annie
    December 23, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Wow, these sound great! I just made white chocolate cranberry orange truffles which I will post soon – such a wonderful flavor combination. I can’t believe these are better than the chocolate biscotti. Looks like I’ll have to try these now too! So many varieties to try, so little time 🙂

  • December 25, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    biscotti are oh so trendy this year!

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  • Erin Chewning
    December 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I made these last night to give to co-workers in their Christmas goodie bags, and they have been a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    • December 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      So great to hear! Those biscotti are definitely some of my very favorite!

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