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What is the Origin of Biscotti Cookies?
by mark anthony at 2014-10-08 06:38:00

Biscotti cookies are named so because they are twice-baked cookies. In Italy, biscotti is also used as a general term to mean cookies. Elsewhere in the world, biscotti refers to long and crisply baked cookies that melt in the mouth. Biscotti are now available in bakeries, restaurants, and cafés all around the world. For instance, in Brooklyn, cookies are now displayed alongside biscotti and are very popular with the crowd.
 

Origin of Biscotti 

Biscotti is said to be invented during the ancient Roman period as a food for travelers. During those times, people had to travel long distances and they needed food that could last for their entire journey without going bad. Hence, biscotti emerged as a food to be packed and taken on long trips. However, it disappeared from the scene after the fall of the Roman Empire.
 

Resurgence of Biscotti 

During the renaissance period in Italy, the biscotti emerged again. Biscotti were made as a food for sailors who had to travel on their sea voyages for months on end. The moisture-laden sea air spoiled the other types foods at a quicker rate than normal. These twice-baked delicacies lasted a longer time and provided sustenance to sailors. As time passed by, biscotti came to be available in cafes and restaurants to be served with coffee.
 

Popularity of Biscotti

Biscotti are now made all over the world. They are now also made elsewhere in Europe and are especially popular in North America. In Brooklyn cookies like chocolate chip and vanilla get a stiff competition from biscotti.
 
For a taste of delicious biscotti in Brooklyn, head over to Circos.

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