Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Cantuccini

April 15, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 20 Comments
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Nick Malgieri’s Cantuccini are thinly sliced, super crisp biscotti.  I put almonds and cardamom in mine, but I bet pretty much any nut/sweet spice combo you want would work well.  Citrus zest and dried fruit would be fine additions, too.  Oh, I wonder if anyone will add chocolate?

The canutccini have to be baked twice, which takes a bit of time, but the dough itself is really quick to make.  The recipe gives “by hand” instructions, but I just tossed everything into my stand mixer.  I probably had that dough ready to go in the oven faster than I was able to make the ghetto cappuccino I dunked them into later!  Just like with the hazelnut biscotti from a couple of years back, lightly wetting your hands helps with shaping sticky dough into a log.  I wish I’d made a fatter log so I would have had cookies that looked more like the slim little half-moons in the book.

The recipe notes say that cantuccini are typically enjoyed with the sweet wine vin santo.  I’ll be looking for a bottle of that at the wine shop this afternoon, since I have lots more of these to eat up (even though I made just a third of the recipe).  For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  There’s also a version of it here.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll


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  1. yum!
    these sound and look lovely 🙂

  2. It looks really good! I’ve never made cantuccini or biscotti, but it’s definitely on my To Bake list 🙂

  3. My husband and I visit Tuscany as often as we can. One of the first things we do upon arrival is buy a bottle of Vin Santo for our room. Each day we find cantucci from a different bakery. Haven’t found one that I haven’t loved yet! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cardamom was an excellent addition!!!

  5. Yum! looks good!

  6. Yum… Just YUM!! 🙂

  7. I love biscotti but have never had these. Keen to try them out, thanks for posting!

  8. So perfect dipped in coffee! Love the addition of cardamom, as well 🙂

  9. Great looking biscotti. I wasn’t able to make them last week (sick), so I’m looking forward to making them this weekend. Can’t wait now! Cardamom is an awesome idea. (I’ve loved that flavour since we made the pulla).

  10. i didn’t think of cardamom but i did add pistachios and kewda water. these were tasty and i am glad i only made a third of a batch too-less to eat by myself…

  11. I am loving that top photo with the coffee! So gorgeous!

  12. Wow cardamom powder….what a great idea. Your cantuccini look good but you know what? Could I borrow your glass??

  13. These look great! I’ll have to try them soon.

  14. Wow – look wonderful! Cardamom – that’s inspired. I haven’t found anyone who has made them with chocolate yet…it does seem inevitable.

  15. Your picture looks absolutely perfect. Wish I could sit at that table. Cardamon sounds like a great addition.

  16. Mmm cardamom. I bet they tasted delicious! Love your photo.

  17. It takes some time to bake but it’s all worth it. I enjoy mine with warm milk.

  18. I love the idea of cardamom…although the cinnamon was good too. They look beautiful.

  19. It looks delicious, and I know I would love it with some dark chocolate ~

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