Italian lovin’ from the oven.


All words to describe my never-feel-guilty-pleasure.

I’m talking about homemade biscotti of course.

What? Did you think I was talking about my other never-feel-guilty for watching Antonio Cupo in a movie pleasure?

Pistachio-Almond-Orange Biscotti



1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 TBSP vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 large orange, zested
*** Your choice here: 1.5 ounces Orange Brandy – or – 1.5 ounces of the juice from the orange
3 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 TBSP sifted baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup un-salted, peeled pistachio
1 egg, beaten with 1 TBSP water (for egg wash)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, beat one egg and add 1 TBSP water, set aside. You’ll use this at the end.
  4. In a bowl, beat the following ingredients with a whisk until they are all well blended: oil, 3 eggs, vanilla, sugar, orange zest, (brandy or the orange juice, whichever you chose to use).
  5. In a separate bowl add all the following ingredients and mix together so that the nuts are evenly coated: flour, baking powder, salt, almonds, pistachios
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the egg/oil bowl mixture, and blend until you get a sticky smooth dough. Be careful not to mix too much, as you don’t want a cake consistency. If you feel the mixture is too dry, add a bit of the juice from the orange, until you get a sticky dough.
  7. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and also on your hands.
  8. Add the dough onto your work surface and divide dough into four equal balls.
  9. Add two of the dough balls on your cookie sheet, using your hands, press down until they are about 1/2 inch in thickness.
  10. Brush the top of each dough with your egg wash. A light coating. This is optional: You can sprinkle some sugar on top of each.
  11. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, they should be a light golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and put them on a cooling rack, and let them cool completely. In the meantime, put the other two balls of dough onto your cookie sheet and repeat steps 9 to 12.
  13. Once they are cooled, slice them into 1/2 inch slices, crosswise.
  14. Put the sliced cookies on the cookie sheet and bake an additional 5 – 10 minutes.
  15. The second bake will depend on how crispy you’d like them. If you want them to be real hard, that they need to be dunked into hot coffee/tea, then you’d bake them longer. But if you are looking for a nice crunch, not too soft or not too hard, then 5 – 10 minutes is good.

If you have any questions about this recipe, please feel free to comment here and I’ll get back to you.


Buon Appetito!



I’m always excited when a blog follower downloads a recipe and gives me feedback. I am especially tickled, when they send me pictures and let me know how much they enjoyed the process and the fruits (or in this case, cookies) of their labour.

Thank you to Nancy Bristow for sending me the following pictures. She had fun baking these biscotti’s, and is planning on making more.

Here is a collage of her biscotti making adventure.


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12 responses to “Italian lovin’ from the oven.”

  1. Phenomenal flavor combination Selena! I shared your recipe on my cooking site called Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly.

    Polly Motzko

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    1. How kind of you. Thank you for sharing. going to check out your blog as well. I’m always up for sharing recipes, and exchanging ideas. 🙂

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      1. That’s great Selena. You’ll find me going by my full name Paulette Le Pore Motzko on Facebook, and by my nick name PollyMotzko on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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        1. I found you on Facebook, but cannot add you as a friend as there is no button to add friend?

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          1. I am not sure why. It probably has to do with my increased privacy settings due to a hacker taking over my account. Are you Selena Robins on Facebook? I will try adding you. 🙂


            1. I have no idea how to fix it. Social media can be frustrating, especially for someone who is not so technical (like me)

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              1. Drop it. We can talk here. My time is precious and I can’t be a tech support advisor. You can simply text me here or even call me. Sometimes simple is better.

                Have great day and weekend.

                Paulette Motzko

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                1. I agree. I don’t have much time to figure it out either. I try to stay off line as much as I can so I can keep writing. 🙂 Thank you, have a great weekend as well.

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        2. Same with Twitter, there is no follow button. I’m not on Instagram.

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          1. Other people are following me.


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