Oreo Biscotti

Oreo Biscotti

Our senses can provide powerful memory triggers of people and events in our lives. The smell of cedar brings my paternal grandmother to mind. She had a large cedar chest where she kept her treasures packed away in tissue paper. As a little girl, I would listen fascinated by my grandmother’s stories about each cedar scented item.  The taste of Earl Grey tea brings me thoughts of my father, who always said that you can’t smell Earl Grey tea without smiling. Oreos are another memory trigger for me. I can’t see an Oreo without thinking about my maternal grandfather.

Oreo Biscotti

My grandfather was a picky eater. Usually, being a picky eater means you will only eat certain things. My grandfather would only eat certain things, made by certain brands. That’s what he said, anyway. My grandmother didn’t buy into his brand pickiness.

Oreo Biscotti

There used to be two name brand chocolate sandwich cookies; Oreos by Nabisco and Hydrox by Sunshine. My grandfather said he only ate Oreos. He said he couldn’t stand Hydrox and would refuse to eat them if offered. However, Hydrox were less expensive and my grandmother didn’t like to waste money.  She always bought Hydrox cookies and served them to my grandfather in an Oreo box. He ate them without comment or complaint.

Oreo Biscotti

I have often wondered whether my grandfather really didn’t know he was eating Hydrox cookies. I mean, Oreos and Hydrox both had their names clearly embossed on each cookie. Did my grandfather, generally an intelligent and observant individual, just not notice? Did he eat without his glasses on and couldn’t read the embossed cookies? Or, was he just playing along with my grandmother’s subterfuge? I will never know the answer but will always associate Oreos with my Grandpa Nat.

Oreo Biscotti

There can be no subterfuge with these Oreo biscotti because Hydrox went out of production in 1999. The recipe most commonly found for Oreo biscotti originated with Kraft. (Kraft owns Nabisco. Nabisco makes Oreos.) I tried the Kraft recipe and it produced a cookie that was way too hard for my taste. I wanted crunch without risk to my teeth. I adapted a King Arthur vanilla biscotti recipe to include the crushed Oreos and found the crunchy but bitable texture I was looking for.

Oreo Biscotti

Decorating these biscotti is optional. If you are mailing them to or from somewhere hot, I suggest you skip it. The white chocolate drizzle is for looks and would melt in hot temperatures. I think these biscotti are pretty and delicious without embellishment.

Oreo Biscotti

Oreo Biscotti

adapted from King Arthur Flour

(Printable recipe)

Makes 30-40 biscotti

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

18 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped

Optional decoration:

4 ounces white chocolate, broken into chunks

½ tablespoon shortening

3 Oreo sandwich cookies, cookie part only, then finely crushed

white decorating sugar ( about 3 tablespoons)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and baking powder until smooth.
  • Add eggs, and beat to combine.
  • On low speed, slowly add flour and mix until smooth.
  • Stir in chopped Oreos.
  • Divide the dough in half. Scoop onto the baking sheet and shape into 2 logs about 9” x 2”.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove biscotti from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes. (If biscotti crumble while cutting wait until the dough cools a little longer.) Slice the logs into ½” – ¾” slices.
  • Stand the slices on edge on the baking sheet.
  •  Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden.  Cook longer for crunchier biscotti and less time for softer biscotti.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

If decorating:

  • Put the biscotti on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet, close together on edge.
  • Place white chocolate and shortening in a small bowl and microwave in 10-20 second intervals until just melted. Stir in between intervals. White chocolate burns easily, so watch the chocolate carefully to not over cook.
  • Pour melted chocolate into a zip lock bag and seal. Cut a tiny bit off one corner.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth over biscotti rows.
  • Immediately sprinkle tops with decorating sugar and/or finely crushed Oreo cookies.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. These biscotti remain delicious for at least 4 weeks.

Packing tips:  Do not decorate the biscotti with chocolate if mailing to or from a hot location. Bundle 2 or 3 biscotti together in plastic wrap. Place bundles in an airtight container or zip lock bag.


    • says

      You are so kind, Ada! The biscotti have a wonderful crunch. I was surprised that they are not at all over the top sweet. My photo styling (?), on the other hand, is struggling. I am trying to figure out a style that is “me”. I know what I don’t want but haven’t yet figured out what I do want.

    • says

      I would happily offer you biscotti with your coffee, Jess, if you were near by. :) Being that you are half a continent away, you should bake some. Its such a good recipe.The extra baking takes time but they are fast to mix up and last for ages. Then you could dunk away, all the way to graduation!

    • says

      What is it about Oreo’s, Sheryl? There is no other packaged cookie that even tempts me and I am dangerous around Oreos! I hope you’ll give these a try. The texture has just the right amount of crunch and the Oreo flavor is only mildly sweet.

    • says

      Thanks, Queen Oreo! :) I had only ever eaten Oreos straight up (by the dozen) and am really happy with how they work as an add-in in these biscoti. I will have to continue my investigations. :)

  1. says

    I never, ever would have thought to combine Oreos and biscotti! Now this is what I’d love to use to dunk into my morning coffee. Oreos for breakfast!

    • says

      Shhhh, Sally. That was my secret plan all along. :) Both biscotti and Oreos are crunchy and taste great dipped in your morning beverage of choice….unless your morning beverage of choice is Coke, then maybe not.

  2. says

    I LOVE it !! I love biscotti and I am a huge oreo lover so this recipe is just for me !! The pictures are perfect : my mouth was watering when I saw all of your photos !

  3. says

    Oh, what a neat idea! My son would absolutely love this kind of biscotti! And my husband is all for a softer biscotti whereas I don’t mind risking my front teeth. : )

    I was just thinking about making a batch of biscotti (I love having them around to munch on and so glad that I learned how to do it) and wondering if I should add chocolate chips – oreos are way more ingenius! And love the story about your grandparents. I’m guessing your Grandpa was playing along…but what do I know! : )

    • says

      I think these biscotti might make your whole family happy, Monica. These are crunchy, if you bake them to crunchiness. Its just that the original recipe definitely required dipping. These make dipping optional. :) Chips (chocolate, cinnamon, butterscotch) are awesome in biscotti! Maybe you should make a few batches. :) My grandparents were married for a very long time which, to me, means they learned how to play along with a lot of things. You are probably right about the Oreos! :)

    • says

      Thanks, Chandra! I love the crunchiness of these biscotti and the Oreo taste! I think my Grandpa knew what he liked and wasn’t much interested in venturing further. Perhaps he made the request for what he liked best in the hopes that most of the time that’s what would appear.:) Bottom line, I smile about my Grandpa whenever I see an Oreo.

  4. bakerbynature says

    Oreo’s are one of my biggest guilty pleasures! I love that you incorporated them into these pretty little biscotti’s.

    • says

      Thanks, Rachel, for your kind comment and the pinning too!! I was so so lucky to grow up with 4 grandparents near by and have a head full of wonderful memories to pass on to my own children. :)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! We must form a mutual admiration society because I am in awe of your breads, roll, and crackers! Reading your blog always makes me hungry. :)

  5. says

    Oh my gosh this is an amazing idea! I love biscotti and I love Oreos … I need to make these!! My grandma loves biscotti so I like trying new flavors to mail to her. I think she’d love these too!

  6. says

    i have a friend who loves oreos who would FLIP over these. I also have myself, who loves oreos, who is currently flipping over these. I want to make them, but there’s going to have to be a plan in place for the leftovers in the bag, because i will eat all of them waiting for the biscotti to be done.

    • says

      Thanks, Shannon. :) I hope you do get to bake these. I had a very hard time keeping any of them long enough to test their shelf life. Hiding some didn’t work because, though the rest of the family was clueless, I still knew where they were for munching!

  7. Helen says

    Found your website by accident and I’m so glad I did. Tried this recipe today and I’m still dumbfounded that how good it turned out. My husband ate 3 pieces while waiting for them to be cool before I cut them. Nice and crunchy and oh so good!! I only baked one log again since he likes the way it is, his teeth thanks him too. Thank you thank you. I want to try the moon cookies next

    • says

      I am so glad you found the Monday Box and enjoyed the biscotti! Thank you for letting me know!! A great part about biscotti is that you can adjust the crunch factor by baking more or less. :) Let me know how the Moon Cookie go. They are soft and chewy, so your husband should enjoy them. :)

  8. says

    Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the great work!

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