She loves biscotti you say…more specifically Almond Biscotti.
My whole biscotti obsession started with this family recipe for Italian Almond Biscotti. Simple and great tasting -it will quickly become one of your favorites.
This recipe was originally published on September 28, 2014 and re-published on October 12, 2017 with updated content, photos and more recently with a video.
Born to Italian immigrants, growing up in Montreal, my definition of biscotti refers to a variety of cookies, which include the twice-baked cookie.
As a kid, I thought this cookie was too hard and looked boring. Whenever I opened the pantry door, there they were again, almond biscotti. I remember thinking why can’t we be like the other kids and have store-bought cookies. It was only as an adult that I came to appreciate this simple cookie which was absolutely created to be dunked.
If you have never ventured into the world of biscotti…you should.
They are truly simple to make, do not require any special cooking equipment (that means manual labor i.e. mixing by hand) and you can easily control the amount of sugar and the flavors (for example, the anise flavor found in this Anise Biscotti can easily be replaced with vanilla flavoring).
Be sure to consult this guide on How to Make Biscotti. It will provide you with all the tips and tricks to make the best homemade biscotti, every single time. This post also includes a recipe for Lemon Biscotti. If you like lemon cookies, you are going to love these!
Once you have combined the ingredients, it’s time to shape this mixture into logs. My method is definitely unconventional, but it works for me. I will use a large serving spoon to scoop out the dough and place it on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. I will then add another scoop adjacent to the batter on the cookie sheet and keep going until I have formed my two logs.
As far as the size of the log is concerned, you can make them as wide or as narrow as you want. I will usually make 3-3½ inch wide logs. Once I have placed the batter on the cookie sheets, I will gently “press” and shape the dough mixture into logs with my damp fingers. Like I mentioned, unconventional and amateurish…but hey, it works!
Once baked, allow them to cool off before attempting to slice them.
Biscotti, as you may know, is Italian for “twice-cooked” – so if you like a bit of a crunch, put those biscotti back in the oven again for the second round of baking. The longer these Italian biscotti stay in the oven, the crispier they will get. Although it is a well-known practice to bake these biscotti cookies twice, personnel preference should dictate for how long, if at all. These Almond Biscotti are fantastic even without the second baking.
Another well-known fact is that biscotti will last forever! Well, maybe not forever… but you get my point. Because they are baked twice, there is little moisture in the dough. Since biscotti are a low moisture cookie, this will allow you to store them at room temperature, where they will keep for a few weeks. It is best to keep them in an air-tight container.
- Start with ingredients that are at room temperature.
- Once the biscotti loaves are baked, allow them to cool down for at least ten minutes before slicing into them.
How do you cut biscotti without breaking them?
Allow the biscotti to cool down on a cookie rack before slicing into them. Carefully transfer the biscotti loaves to a cutting board. With a sharp serrated knife, slice the loaves at an angle into ½-inch thick slices.
Are biscotti supposed to be hard?
Yes, biscotti cookies are supposed to be hard. The best biscotti recipe will provide you with biscotti that are firm and crunchy. The word “biscotti” means twice baked; in doing so, the moisture is removed from these Italian cookies leaving you with a dry, dunk-able cookie.
How to store
Store your biscotti cookies in airtight containers, but they don’t need to be absolutely hermetically sealed. A slight flow of air will help them stay crispy!
You can store biscotti for up to 3 weeks in a variety of different containers, including glass or ceramics as well as cookie tins. A paper towel placed at the bottom of the container will help absorb excess moisture; making sure they stay crisp. Always store at room temperature -never the refrigerator.
Can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
More biscotti recipes
Biscotti is the perfect snack for any coffee or tea lover, with its crunchy additions of nuts and flavorful add-ins like dried fruit. Some favorites include these festive-looking pistachio biscotti, these earthy pumpkin biscotti as well as these decadent chocolate hazelnut biscotti.
They also make a great addition to any homemade Christmas cookie box.
Recipe origins for almond biscotti
As you can well imagine, every Italian family has “their” biscotti recipe and I have collected quite a few over the years. This is one of my personal favorites. In fact, my whole biscotti obsession started with this recipe. As you may have guessed, this was one of my mom’s recipes.
A simple and great tasting biscotti -I am sure they will quickly become one of your favorites!
I hope you enjoy these biscotti cookies with some Vin Santo, coffee, tea or even milk!
Don’t forget to dunk 🙂
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★★★★★ If you have made this recipe for Almond Biscotti, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to rate the recipe!
- 1 cup whole almonds raw
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour 320 grams
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure almond extract
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Preheat oven to 325°F/165° C. Position rack in the center.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and sugars).
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Add olive oil, extracts, and zest. Whisk lightly together.
- When almonds are toasted, remove them from the oven and coarsely chop.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
- Fold in chopped almonds (make sure they have cooled off before incorporating in the batter).
- Use a large serving spoon to scoop out the dough and place it on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Add another scoop adjacent to the batter on the cookie sheet and keep going until two logs are formed.With damp fingers, shape into a log shape.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown in color and firm. Allow to cool slightly for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from baking sheet and transfer to a cutting board.
- Using a serrated knife, slice cookies at an angle about ½ - ¾ inch thick.
- Place slices back on the baking sheets and return them to the oven for about another 15-20 minutes (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get). Turn them over at the halfway mark.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
I have a cousin in NH that LOVES these – every time I visit him I bring him a batch.
I’ve even added anise seeds to this on occasion and they’re fantastic.
I saw many years ago a show on NH PBS called Travels and Traditions with Burt Wolf. He was in Italy going to a bakery and explained that biscotti was developed early on for Italian sailors to bring to sea on voyages because of their ability to last a long time. Leave it to the Italians! While every other navy was eating hard tack, The Italian sailors were crunching on biscotti! You can look up his past shows.
Thanks so much for sharing Mary, so thrilled to read this!
These are delicious. Easy to follow recipe thank you.
So thrilled to read this! Thanks Carm!
I added disaronna to mine brought them up a notch.
Love this! Thanks for sharing Steven!
When you put them back in the oven, after you cut them up, do you put them on parchment or just the cookie sheet?
Thanks for your interest Lori. I put them back on the parchment paper. Enjoy!
I love it too! Thanks for sharing 😊
I make these every year for Christmas following the recipe and instructions exactly as written. It is perfect every time.
Thanks so much JB!
Wow. These are absolutely amazing!!! These are definitely the best biscotti I have ever made. My husband said they were the best he ever ate! He loves biscotti. I was hesitant at first to use this recipe, because I was afraid the olive oil may make the biscotti taste a little off, or you might taste it somehow. I used regular olive oil, not extra virgin. I almost passed this up for another with butter, but so glad I decided to try this instead! I can’t get over how good these are, and how easy to make! This will be my go to recipe from now on. I did make a couple changes, no lemon zest because I don’t care for it. Instead I put in about 1/8 tsp cinnamon. And instead of 1/2 tsp vanilla, I used 2 full tsps. I sliced and only baked about 11 minutes instead of 20 because I like them just a little softer in middle. But they were still so crunchy on outsides, crispy really, and so much flavor!!! These are Christmas gifts this year. Thank you so much for the recipe! It’s the best biscotti and I highly recommend people to try it! They won’t believe how delicious these are!
I am so thrilled to read this Robin! Thanks so much for sharing!
Help. They taste amazing but mine were really crumbly 😬 could it be because I added the oil to the mixture late? As I forgot to mix it with the eggs.
Thanks for reaching out Danni. Most probably. Save the crumbs and add them to your breakfast bowl, or sprinkle them on your yogurt!
Thank you for sharing your recipe . My son’s girlfriend has a nonnie that makes the most wonderful bicotti. She inspired me to try my first batch . They are so delicious .I can’t wait to try some of the other flavors .Thanks again .
My pleasure Frank! Welcome to the wonderful world of biscotti! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy!
These biscotti are truly fabulous! My son and I made our first batch when he was assigned to bring “something Italian” for a class a few years ago, and they have since become a fixture for Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house. Thank you so much!
My pleasure Elisabeth! Thanks so much for sharing!
Maria, these biscotti are absolutely beautiful! I have been using your recipe and making them for the last two years now, and every time without fail people comment on how they are the best biscotti they have ever had!
It’s such a wonderful recipe to make tweaks to (sometimes I add fennel seeds or swap out the lemon for orange) and each time they work like a charm.
I normally make gingerbread for Christmas favours, but this year I’ll be making your biscotti and I can’t wait to see the smile faces when they receive their parcels of baked goods!
Thank you for sharing this recipe with all of us xx
I am so thrilled to read this Natalie! Thanks so much for sharing!
Oh my goodness! Perfect recipe and perfect results! Spooning the dough onto the sheet is genius. I was nervous about it but it was perfect. My husband loves almond cookies and he went nuts for these!! Thank you so much for a great recipe!!!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Nettie! I am so thrilled to read this!
The best biscotti ever. I have shared with friends and passed your recipe and your web site. Saturday granddaughter coming over to make your pistachio and cranberry biscotti plus your lemon twists cookies. Thank you for our memories
How wonderful, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing, I have goosebumps!
Enjoy the time with your granddaughter and here’s to creating a lifetime of memories with your loved ones ♥
Very yummy! They turned out perfectly. Thanks for the easy tip on shaping the logs. I used to make the logs by hand the. Put them on the sheet. This way is so much less mess lol
Thanks so much for sharing Carey!