What Are Biscotti?
Biscotti, also known as cantucci, are twice-baked Italian cookies made of almonds and originated in Prato, Tuscany, in the 14th-century, where almonds were abundant.
The meaning of the word “biscotti” can be traced back to the Medieval Latin word biscoctus, which means “twice-cooked or baked.” In Italy, biscotti refers to any cookie or biscuit that has been baked twice, in line with the original Latin meaning of the word. In other words, biscotti means “twice baked.
Biscotti have a hard texture and are dehydrated thanks to the second bake. They are also mold-resistant, which is why they became the ideal food for sailors, including Christopher Columbus, who spent months at sea, no doubt munching on biscotti.
Biscotti do not go bad quickly like most baked goods because they have been through the baking process twice – once at high heat until they harden and again at low heat to dehydrate them, and can last up to six months in an airtight container. However, we recommend consuming biscotti within one week of opening a bag.
Biscotti are typically enjoyed by themselves or dipped in coffee. You can also use biscotti for ice cream sandwiches, crumbled into yogurt parfaits, and I have even used it as a base for cheesecake.
Here at The Biscotti Company, we bake many different flavors of biscotti; some of our favorites include almond and chocolate chunks, bitter-sweet chocolate & orange, banana walnut, salted caramel… the list could go on and on.
And remember, biscotti is not just for dessert! You can pair it with cheese, meats, and wines. You can add it to the next charcuterie board or even eat it as a snack. There are many different ways to eat biscotti, so be creative- try them all until you find your favorite!
Are biscotti healthy? Mostly yes, biscotti are made with minimal ingredients that you can pronounce – these include eggs, flour, almond meal, baking powder, salt, and sugar. So they really should be pretty wholesome.
Biscotti are a delicious Italian cookie that you can enjoy by themselves or with coffee, wine, or just about any beverage. We at The Biscotti Company have tons of different flavors, so there is something for everyone!
If you’ve haven’t ordered biscotti from us before, now would be an opportune time to give it a try because we are currently running our 20% off promotion. Check out all the flavors and order yours today!