Is anyone looking for a more elegant dessert for an upcoming event. Here’s a classy looking treat if you need a finger food to serve alongside hot beverages.

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

1 cup flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 egg white

1/2 cup chopped almonds

2 Tbsp orange zest

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Grease a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. Beat the egg and egg white and at to flour mixture. Then stir in the almonds and orange zest. Knead until you get a smooth ball.

Roll the dough into a log approximately ten inches long and place on greased cookie sheet. Press down or roll log until it is six inches wide. Bake this for 25 minutes. Cool on rack and cut into one inch slices using a serrated knife. Place slices, cut side down on cookie sheet and return them to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn your slices over halfway through the baking time.

After your cookies cool, melt your chocolate, allow to cool slightly and dip one side of the biscotti. Allow cookies to dry on a wire rack chocolate side up.

This recipe yields around 10 cookies which allows your family to have a special treat without being tempted by a lot of leftovers. These cookies also look pretty packaged up and taken to friends or family as a special treat. Make sure your cookies and chocolate are complete cool and dry before packaging.

If you need more for a crowd you could double or triple the recipe, but make in separate bowls, roll out separately, etc., or you could attempt to make the cookies a little smaller and adjust the baking times.

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