I think it’s time for another Italian biscotti recipe! This family recipe will provide you with a texture that is slightly spongy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It really doesn’t get any easier than this Authentic Italian Anise Biscotti.
A recent conversation with a colleague of mine reminded me that I have a basic Italian biscotti recipe with no nuts. That’s right, no nuts! The perfect recipe for anyone with nut allergies …if you do prefer nuts, may I suggest my mom’s Almond Biscotti that are just amazing!
I would also like to suggest this guide on How To Make Biscotti. It will provide you with tips and tricks to make the best biscotti, every single time.
So, as I was saying, this type of Italian biscotti can sometimes be referred to as “anise toast”. If the name sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the commercial brand made by Stella D’oro.
The next logical question you might have would probably be if a homemade recipe for anise biscotti is any good, right?
Well, these Italian biscotti are not too sweet, easy to make, slightly crunchy and crumbly. If you add more anise than recommended, the biscotti will even get a sort of licorice-type taste to it. It truly is one of my all-time favorites and I can’t believe I didn’t think of sharing it with you before today.
Are they good?
Yeah, they’re amazing!
If you like Italian cookies with anise, this simple biscotti recipe is for you.
There are several ways to incorporate the licorice flavor in this Italian biscotti recipe. You can use Sambuca or Anisette liqueur; you can use the anise seed or extract; or you can use anise oil. If using anise seeds, one way to intensify the flavor is by soaking them in 1-2 teaspoons of rum for 10 minutes. I usually use the Anisette liqueur. I always have a bottle or two reserved…for baking, of course. 🙂
When I make this biscotti recipe, I will usually divide the batter among three loaf pans. You might be wondering, why loaf pans?
Well, once you make this recipe, you will quickly realize that this is not your typical Italian biscotti batter that needs to be rolled and shaped in a log.
In fact, I would describe it more like a cake batter that can easily be poured into your pans. You can place this really soft batter directly on your parchment lined baking sheet, but be warned, they will expand to three times their size. Using loaf pans will give the biscotti a little height, which ensures less breakage.
These anise biscotti are great even without the second baking. Once you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool slightly before slicing. Once you do slice them, you will immediately realize that they have a wonderful spongy texture.
As with most biscotti recipes, if you prefer your anise biscotti to have a slightly crispy exterior, they need to be twice baked. You will immediately notice that with the second baking, they become a little golden in color which will result in a little bit of crispiness. Please note that the longer they stay in the oven the crispier they get.
With a quick look at the ingredients, you will realize that, once again, there is no butter in this biscotti recipe (sorry to disappoint all the butter fans out there). Whenever possible, I will always choose an oil based recipe (preferably olive oil but sometimes vegetable) over butter. This is just a personal preference…
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Back to my Italian roots for this one! I have memories of my mom pulling these cookies out of the oven as we came home from school.
Back then, I would have these Italian Anise Biscotti with a tall glass of milk before my brother and sister and I were strongly encouraged to do our homework. And if anyone complained, we got the lecture… You know, “Do you realize how lucky you are to be able to go to school, when I was your age, I was already working 15 hour days on the family farm,” …
And so, fueled with some homemade Italian biscotti and our parents’ good intentions, off we went to our rooms to study.
No wonder it took me so long to share this recipe… who wouldn’t want to forget memories of homework!
My Mom’s original recipe had 1 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. As you’ll see, I have reduced both with great results. Sometimes, I’ll throw in some lemon zest in the batter. It’s really up to you.
Authentic Italian Anise Biscotti from my home to yours…enjoy them with tea, coffee, espresso or a tall glass of milk.
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★★★★★ If you have made these Italian Anise Biscotti, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to rate the recipe!
Authentic Italian Anise Biscotti
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch salt
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoon anise extract OR 2 teaspoons anise seed OR 2 teaspoons Anisette liqueur
- Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Position rack in the center.
- Grease and flour (or use non-stick spray) three 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pans.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment beat the eggs on medium speed until light and frothy (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add the sugar gradually and whisk for another minute or so.
- Add the oil and extracts. Whisk for another minute.
- Incorporate the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
- Pour mixture in the 3 prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch
- Remove from loaf pans and let cool for a few minutes.
- Transfer to cutting board.
- Using a serrated knife, slice cookies about 1/4 inch thick (or thicker).
- Place slices flat down on parchment lined baking sheets, and bake for about another 5-8 minutes or longer, depending on your personnel preference and your oven (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get). Make sure to turn the slices over to ensure even toasting.
- Can be stored at room temperature for a few weeks...if they last that long.
This post was originally published on May 2, 2015 and republished on February 17, 2018 with updated content, photos and more recently with a video. Thanks for watching and sharing!
Absolutely delicious. I will always use this recipe. Thank you.
Thank you so much Geri!
Maria, this is the first time I’ve made these biscotti. They are still in the oven right now. But it’s lucky they even got that far; I thought my family would just eat all of the batter, they loved it! I had to push them out of the kitchen to get the batter into the loaf pans and into the oven. I can’t wait to taste the biscotti! I’ve been looking for an authentic anise biscotti recipe and I am sure I have found it. Thank you!
My pleasure Judy! Thanks for making me smile ♥
My sister shared your recipe with me and it was so earsy and a great hit at my cookie swap! I alway make press cookies and wanted to change it up. I added cocoa powder and dipped in chocolate & crushed peppermint for a holiday look they were a great hit !
Thank you !!!
What a wonderful variation! Thanks so much for sharing Dawn!
Deborah Lochli Mcgrath
I make your recipe all the time. I LOVE BISCOTTI, I really do and I tried this one few years ago. Great way to bake them. I add in diff things, choc bits or nuts or cranberries. Great recipe
Thanks so much Deborah! Appreciate it!
Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes. I made the bicotti and it is delicious and very easy to make!
Can the recipe be doubled or more than doubled?
Thanks so much for your interest, Liz. I think doubling should be fine, I hesitate about tripling the recipe without actually trying it. I would love to hear about your results if you decide to try it!
Love this recipe . Will be making again soon . Thanks for sharing
Thanks so much Mary!
Hi Maria. I love this recipe and I just love biscotti too!! I make these quite often. I have made these with slivered almonds and the anise. Definitely a keeper. Thanking you so very much for sharing. Keep posting recipes. Can’t wait to try another one.
Thank you so much Caterina!
Funny, I have had this recipe for MANY years! Excellent! Usually make it for Christmas!
Thanks so much, Nick!
Maria…Thank You Thank You Thank You for this recipe ! What would you suggest to make just vanilla biscotti from the same recipe? How much should I increase the vanilla extract?
You are most welcome Ellen. I would start by doubling the amount and then adjusting according to taste. You can also use a vanilla bean -the biscotti will be speckled with the beans.
Being Italian, I have been making biscotti for years and they never turn out the same every time I make them. I have been making this recipe for the past three months and everyone loves them and has asked me for the recipe. It is the easiest one I have come across and I love the texture. I am almost certain that my mom would have loved this! Thank you for a great recipe that has gone into my recipe book.
I am so thrilled to read this Carla! Thanks so much for sharing!
How long will they stay fresh for please, I would like to give as gifts for Christmas
Thanks for your interest Lynne. The best method for me is freezing them – they taste super fresh when thawed! After the double bake, and once they are at room temperature, I double wrap them in an airtight freezer container, so they are not accidentally crushed in the freezer. When I am ready to make my platters, I take them out.
Alternatively, if you prefer, they can stay in tin containers at room temperature for up to 5 days,
Love this recipe, so easy, I added zest of one lemon. Next time will add som almonds.
Your recipe proves to have less crumbs when slicing them rather than the other recipe that i have and I really enjoyed them. A good alternative instead of toast with an egg.
Thanks so much Theresa!
I was very skeptical because I’ve never made biscotti like this..usually make loaves. But honestly, these were easier and soooo delish!! I’m a convert!! Fabulous recipe..thank you!
How wonderful Donna! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this recipe!