How to make it

  • Position 1 rack in center and 1 rack in top third of oven and preheat to 325° F.
  • Using handheld electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in very large bowl until well blended.
  • Beat in eggs 1 at a time just until blended.
  • Mix in orange peel, baking soda and salt.
  • Add 3 cups flour, hazelnuts and dried cherries; stir until well blended.
  • Add 3 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring until well incorporated.
  • Transfer dough to floured work surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces.
  • Knead each piece until dough holds together well.
  • Form each piece into 9-inch-long by 3-inch-wide log.
  • Place 2 logs on each of 2 large ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart (logs will spread during baking).
  • Bake until logs are golden and feel firm when tops are gently pressed, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through baking, about 55 minutes.
  • Cool logs on baking sheets 15 minutes.
  • Maintain oven temperature.
  • Using long wide spatula, transfer logs to cutting board.
  • Using serrated knife, cut warm logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  • Arrange slices cut side down on 2 baking sheets.
  • Bake biscotti 10 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until light golden, about 10 minutes longer.
  • Transfer to racks and cool completely.
  • Stir chocolate in large bowl set over saucepan of boiling water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water.
  • Dip 1 cut side of each biscotti into melted chocolate to about 1/4-inch depth. Gently shake off excess chocolate.
  • Place biscotti, chocolate side up, on baking sheets.
  • Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.
  • Dip pastry brush in cocoa, then lightly brush cocoa over chocolate on each biscotti.
  • Can be made ahead.
  • Store in airtight containers up to 4 days, or wrap in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.)
  • Makes about 5 dozen.

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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    wow great job its so good ............
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    " It was excellent "
    herby ate it and said...
    sounds just wonderful!
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    Another great one my friend...I love Biscotti.
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    great recipe thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Biscotti is one of my all-time favorite cookies and I love this recipe.

    I wonder if there is a biscotti group?
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