Olive oil orange and almonds biscotti

Olive oil is a base for many Greek traditional cookies. There are many kinds of these cookies starting with the famous melomakarona (honey cookies), moustokouloura (must cookies), Sousamokouloura (sesame cookies), krasokouloura (wine cookies) and Ladokouloura (meaning olive oil cookies) , each one having a unique taste according to the ingredients added.

Every Friday morning we have our Tupperware meeting and some of us bring along cookies, cakes, pies etc.  Two Fridays ago we had tons of things to eat but I liked these ladokouloura (biscotti) a Cretan lady had brought with her and I asked for the recipe.   I shall give you the exact recipe as it was given to me and you can make as many as you like.   I made one fourth of the recipe and had quite a lot of cookies.

When baking them, I had a misfortune which in the end wasn’t that bad but I was upset at the time.  Just a little while after putting the tin in the oven we had power failure.  They were nice and brown outside but inside they were still soft.   So instead of baking them the second time for ten minutes, I cut them with the knife and spread them in the tin and they baked only with the warmth of the oven.   

Nistisima Ladokouloura (Vegan Olive oil biscotti)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: about half an hour


  • 3 kilos all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ glasses of sugar
  • 4 glasses of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 glasses of fresh orange juice
  • 1 spoonful of orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 ½ glass of brandy or red wine or tsikoudia or ouzo
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup of roasted almonds


I forgot to ask her about instructions, so I mixed the liquid ingredients first and then added the remaining ingredients.

I divided the dough in half and form two logs.  I placed them  on a baking tin lined with parchment. 

I baked them for about 35 minutes in a preheated oven to 180 degrees C, or until logs were light brown.

When able to handle them I cut them  into 1cm slices.

I  baked them again for about 10 minutes, until dry.

Baking time varies if made into smaller biscotti.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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26 Comments on Nistisima Ladokouloura Portokaliou (Vegan Orange Olive oil biscotti)

  1. srilekha says:

    wow! step by step pics explanation is really very good ivy! olive oil biscotti is really super!

  2. Aparna says:

    These bicotti look good, Ivy. Somehow, I’ve not been to successful with my biscotti efforts so far. But I haven’t given up yet.:)

  3. Peter G says:

    Ivy they look great…however aren’t they παξιμαδια? Sorry if I’ve daid the wrong thing.

  4. Vani says:

    Looks yummy Ivy. Bookmarked yours to try :)

  5. Núria says:

    It seems that there’s lots of power failures in Athens, Ivy! This would drive me mad too!!!! However, your cookies look fantabulous :D. Your kids are lucky to have a mom that likes to bake so much!!!

  6. Nice entry… looks delicious… will try it sure… thxs for sharing.. nice click…

  7. Ivy

    Thanks, everybody for your lovely comments.

    Peter, paximadia is something very hard. No these are definitely koulourakia, translated into biscotti.

    Nuria, today, we had no internet all the day. They told me that the Greek telecommunications company were doing some work near my neighbourhood, it was just something local.

  8. I love biscotti as well:D

  9. Ivy

    Sis, I’ve made a few things with the craisins but don’t find the time to post them yet with all the food events going on. I shall not commit with other events as I have a lot of seasonal recipes to post and some of them are with craisins.

  10. Cakelaw says:

    Looks good Ivy – I have never made biscotti.

  11. Jessie says:

    Oh, these look great! I love the flavor of olive oil in sweet baked treats. I actually usually use olive oil in my brownies. I swear it makes them better.

    Thanks for sharing!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  12. Ivy

    Thanks Cake, they are very easy to make.

    Hi Jessie. Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you found me here because I was trying to find you at Fuel my Blog. Thanks for the vote. I’ve added you to my reader and blogroll.

  13. Lore says:

    Using olive oil instead of butter makes them so much healthier and boy do I love biscotti! They look delicious

  14. This looks delightful! I’m going to make them when my in-laws come to visit in a couple of weeks – my mother in law loves biscotti.

  15. Emily Rose says:

    Hi Ivy! These look wonderful, I’ve never baked with olive oil before! I can’t wait to see how different it is from flavor and texture of the cookies baked with butter. Thank you for the recipe!

  16. Maria says:

    They look delicious Ivy!

  17. Ivy

    Hey, thanks everybody for commenting.

    Maria, I want to welcome you as it’s the first time you are visiting and I hope you will be visiting more often. Maria and I have become friends via e-mails but Maria is new to blogging and I have unofficially adopted her.

  18. Usha says:

    How healthy using olive oil in the biscotti…looks fantastic….will give this a try for sure :)

  19. Divya says:

    That almost looks like a biscotti! Nice…
    I have left answers to your queries on the choco-pistachio roll below your comment on my blog. Hope it helps.

  20. Ivy

    Thanks, shall check your answer.

  21. Lisa says:

    These sound wonderful Ivy! I’m starving right now and would happily eat these for dinner.

  22. elly says:

    How delicious Ivy! I love biscotti. And koulouria :)I have never made koulourakia myself…what a horrible Greek I am. I always just eat my yiayia’s when I see her. Hah. I need to make some myself!

  23. Rosie says:

    Oh Ivy your biscotti really is lovely, this is something I have on my list of to do bakes having never made this as yet!

    Rosie x

  24. Bravo Ivy, they look great. My grandmother made ladokouloura regularly so I have a weakness for them. :)

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