Festive Season Recipes

Italian Chocolate Hazlenut Biscotti

November 4, 2015
Italian Chocolate Biscotti

Italian Chocolate Hazlenut BiscottiMy husband is Italian, so on our visits to Italy to visit his cousins, I’ve discovered much about Italian foods and traditions.  I love them all and I love the Italian way of sitting for hours savouring a meal with the family gathered together around the table – no iphones!!!

Last year, I discovered this recipe for Chocolate Hazlenut Biscotti when I was making my Christmas baking gifts and I have added it to my ‘must do’ recipes for the festive season.  They are delicious, easy to make and look impressive as gifts.  They are also a different alternative to the usual truffles that I tend to make.




  • Preheat oven to 200C. Roast nuts on an oven tray for 10 minutes or until golden and skins are flaking. Rub well in a clean tea towel to remove skins. Chop coarsely.

  • Sift flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.

  • Combine eggs, orange rind and nuts in a separate bowl. Gradually add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring to form a dough.

  • Turn out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly then halve. Shape into two 25cm-long logs.

  • Place logs on a baking paper-lined oven tray. Bake for 15 minutes.

  • Remove from oven. Stand for 5 minutes.

  • Slice logs diagonally into 5mm-thick slices. Place slices on oven trays and return to oven for 10 minutes or until dry. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

  • Sometimes I make mine smaller and a little wider for a change.

Wrap in cellophane with red or green curling ribbon or present in a Christmas themed box with a colourful ribbon and gift tag.

Have a wonder, safe and happy Festive Season!

Let’s Keep Sizzling!



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  • Reply Life Loving November 30, 2015 at 09:17

    Yum! These would go down quite well now with a cuppa tea. I bet the orange rind in them gives them a nice zing. Good for a Christmas season treat.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Reply sue November 30, 2015 at 10:12

      Hi Sally yes they are delicious and make great gifts!

  • Reply Grammy Dee December 10, 2016 at 06:17

    Looks so yummy! My favs would be this and the Mini Christmas Cakes! I shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:36

      Thanks again for hosting and sharing my post. Have a great day!

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2016 at 06:42

      Thanks for including my recipe!

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