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Chocolate Orange Biscotti: Deliciously “Dunkable” and Packed With Cancer-Preventing Power

December 12, 2023

Winter is the ideal time to curl up with a warm mug of coffee or tea and indulge in a holiday treat — like a biscotti! Biscotti are long, crisp Italian cookies that are baked twice for a “dunkable” bite every time.

Of course, wise nutritional choices year round play an important role in overall health, including preventing cancer. This Chocolate Orange Biscotti recipe uses healthy ingredients like olive oil, oranges, and whole wheat flour, all of which are part of a well-rounded, nutritious diet.

  • Olive Oil: This oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, an essential fat that can help prevent heart disease and stroke and reduce the risk of cancer and other conditions.
  • Oranges: Studies suggest that people who eat more fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk for some types of cancer. Oranges deliver high levels of antioxidants and are a non-starchy fruit, which can help decrease the risk of cancers of the digestive tract, like mouth, stomach, and colorectal cancers.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, whole grains are a significant source of dietary fiber, which helps decrease the risk of colorectal cancer.

This Chocolate Orange Biscotti recipe makes a great gift and will complement any holiday spread. Of note, those with nut allergies may exclude the pecans. 

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 24 to 26 biscotti


  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, olive oil, orange juice, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add dry mix slowly to wet ingredients until mixture forms a ball.
  5. Turn out dough mixture onto a well-floured surface and knead a few times. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips in alternating batches until evenly distributed.
  6. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a log about 9 inches long, then press flat until it is about half an inch tall and 3 inches wide.
  7. Transfer logs to baking sheets and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks for 20 minutes.
  9. Using a serrated knife, slice each log on the diagonal into ½ inch pieces.
  10. Return to oven and bake on each side for about 10 minutes (approximately 20 minutes total). Slices should be golden brown. Remove from oven to cool.

Nutrition Facts

Per cookie: 112 calories, 4.8 g total fat (0.7 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 15.2 g carbohydrates (4.1 g total sugars, 0.8 g dietary fiber), 2.1 g protein, 2 mcg vitamin D, 30 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 80 mg potassium

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