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An Italian Christmas Tradition and Pizzette for dessert

turosdolci's picture

An Italian Christmas Tradition and Pizzette for dessert

A Christmas double chocolate biscotti takes center stage on our Christmas biscotti tray. It is an old family recipe that is made only for holidays and special events. I could not imagine Christmas with out pizzette, it would be a very sad family gathering. The only problem is stopping everyone from eating them before our family dinner of speghetti with anchovy sauce and mixed fried fish.

Pizzetts are a double chocolate biscotti, scented with spices, roasted almonds, orange zest, coffee and chocolate chips. They are one of the biscotti attractions on our cookie trays for Christmas and every special event. You can make these cookies in advance and freeze them for up to 2 months unfrosted.



moreyello's picture

They remind me of the cookies my mother would make but referred to them

as mostaccioli. They look yummy.

Roberto from Montreal

turosdolci's picture


Did you compare the recipe with your mother's?  I would love to know because I spend a lot of time in Italy and search for biscotti recipes. I have never found this recipe which is a old recipe of my aunts. Since many things have different names in Italy and even from village to village, it would be interesting to get the recipe and compare it.

my email address is  If you have it I would love to take a look at it and maybe even try it to see how it compares with ours.



ques2008's picture

the combo of chocolate and orange zest is mouth watering.  what interesting shapes!  and they do make the dinner table more festive during the holidays!