These chocolate orange biscotins are a flavorful twist on the classic love knot-shaped cookie. They have just the right amount of sweet, tangy orange flavor to kick up the smooth chocolate dough. Slightly crisp on the outside and dry throughout, they’re traditionally enjoyed with a small glass of dessert wine or hot coffee. This dessert is often served at Provencal gros souper, or Christmas Eve dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier or orange liqueur (substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat an oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and butter until the mixture is fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the Grand Marnier and orange zest to the eggs and continue whisking until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, and stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll shape each piece of dough into a small figure eights, or any other desired shape.
Arrange the knots on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for 25 minutes, until they set and begin to brown. Cool the biscotins on a wire rack before serving.
This chocolate orange biscotin recipe makes 12 cookies.