Italian biscotti cookies are irresistible. Twice baked, this dessert features crunchy edges with a slightly softer middle. Once cooled, they’re drizzled with melted chocolate. This is an easy recipe anyone can make.
Biscotti (AKA cantucci) are Tuscan cookies from the 14th century. The word biscotti originates from medieval Latin. It means “twice cooked.” Italian cookies are baked twice. The second baking draws out moisture.
This oven drying method makes them hard, sturdy and resistant to mold. For sailors out at sea months at a time, these crispy biscuits were the perfect provision. Fun fact: Christopher Columbus loved these treats!
My family loves these yummy treats. Yours will too. For gift giving, package Italian biscotti in cello bags. Cinch tightly with a raffia ribbon. If desired, pair this gift with a lovely box of tea or a small container of specialty coffee.
IS BISCOTTI BETTER WITH OIL OR BUTTER? Butter tastes better! In this recipe it ensures our biscotti won’t be jaw-breaking hard and dry. We want crispy buttery cookies with centers that are slightly tender. For crunchier, sturdier, more dunkable biscuits, toast them longer in the oven.
🛒 recipe ingredients
During stay-at-home times, its important to have an arsenal of recipes that are easy to make with common refrigerator and pantry items. Grandma’s biscotti recipe is one of my favorites.
- Salted Butter: Gives these Italian cookies a delicious buttery taste.
- Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the cookie dough.
- Light Brown Sugar: Has a slightly caramelized flavor from the molasses. It makes this easy recipe over-the-top delicious.
- Lemon Juice: Has a bright, fresh sunny flavor. It pairs well with the taste of the butter and vanilla extract. To make things easy, be sure to zest the lemon(s) before juicing them.
- Lemon Zest: Adds additional tasty lemon flavor.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients while contributing a delicious bakery aroma.
- Almond Extract: Provides the biscotti with a classic almond flavor. If you don’t have it on hand, use additional vanilla extract instead.
- Large Eggs: Provides richness while helping to bind the batter together.
- Baking Powder: Helps give the dough a gentle rise.
- Sea Salt: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
- All-purpose Flour: Provides the dough with structure.
- Sliced Almonds: I prefer the using sliced nuts. But if you only have whole almonds on hand, just toss them into the batter whole. When the loaves are sliced, many of the almonds will be sliced as well.
- Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate: Select a good-quality chocolate. It will be melted and used to coat one side of each cookie.
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KITCHEN TIPS: This cookie batter is super dense and thick. If you have a stand mixer, this is a great time to use it. If you don’t have specialty pans for this recipe, no worries. You can make these biscuits on a baking tray.
📖 BISCOTTi cookIE RECIPE
RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). If using 2 biscotti pans, spray the sides. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. If using 2 baking trays, line them with parchment paper or silicone bakings mats.
- STEP 1: Add softened butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream these ingredients together.
- STEP 2: Drizzle in lemon juice, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix briefly.
- STEP 3: Add the eggs. Mix well.
- STEP 4: Add baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Mix again.
- STEP 5: Add flour to the bowl. Mix until fully incorporated. The dough will be dense and sticky – but it should not be overly wet. If needed, add a bit more flour.
- STEP 6: Add sliced almonds. Mix briefly.
- STEP 7: Spray your hands a spatula with cooking spray. Using the spatula and your fingertips, divide the dough between 2 biscotti pans or 2 parchment paper-lined baking trays.
- STEP 8: If using biscotti pans – spread out the batter evenly. Smooth out the tops. If using baking trays – form each piece of dough into a log (11 1/2 inches by 5 inches). Place each log on its own prepared tray. The batter will spread as it bakes.
👩🏻🍳 KITCHEN TIP: If your biscuit batter is dry and crumbly, lightly press it together until it forms a dough. However, if it’s really dry, use an extra egg or more vanilla extract. If the batter’s too wet and sticky, add a bit more flour.
- STEP 9: Bake each loaf separately – for 25 minutes or until the surface is golden blonde. Remove from oven. Brush the top and sides of the loaf with melted butter. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
- STEP 10: With a serrated knife, slice the slab into 12 one-inch strips.
- STEP 11: On a parchment-lined baking tray, arrange slices on their sides – with one cut side facing down. Return cookies to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until desired crispness is reached. Allow biscotti cool completely. These Italian cookies will continue to harden as they cool.
HOW TO COAT BISCOTTI IN CHOCOLATE
Melt chocolate according to package directions. With the back of a spoon, paint melted chocolate on the bottom of each biscuit. Place biscotti cookies on a silicone baking mat until the chocolate has hardened.
HOW TO PAIR BISCOTTI COOKIES
Italian biscuits are a quick easy breakfast or mid-day snack. Pair them with coffee, tea or milk. During hot weather months, enjoy them with an iced vanilla latte. For an after-dinner dessert, pair them with ice cream.
🤔 EXPERT TIPS AND RECIPE FAQ
Achieve perfect Italian biscotti cookies with these expert baking tips:
If you make these cookies often, invest in biscotti pan. It’ll make shaping the logs quick and simple to do.
Measured by weight on a scale, 1 cup all-purpose flour weighs 4 1/4 ounces or 120 grams. A second method is to fluff up the flour with a spoon inside the flour container. Use the spoon to sprinkle flour into the measuring cup one spoonful at a time; level off the cup with a knife.
Stick your freezer-safe mixing bowl with the dough into the freezer for 25-30 minutes. You can also coat your hands in a bit of flour or cooking spray to help battle the stickiness.
After the sliced cookies have baked for 10 minutes at 350°F, reduce the oven temperature to 200°F. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved.
Brushing melted butter over the top and sides of the biscotti after the first bake will make it easier to slice and reduce the amount of cracking.
Use a serrated knife. With a sawing motion, slice loaves straight down, perpendicular to the board. For best results, slice after 10 to 20 minutes of cooling. If you wait any longer it will start to crumble.
After cookies are completely cool, wrap them in plastic. In a room-temperature environment without humidity (60°F to 72°F), store biscotti on the countertop for up to 2 weeks. The crisper they are, the longer they will last without going stale.
If not iced or coated in chocolate, you can freeze these biscuits for up to 1 month. Protect the pieces. Place them between sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper inside an airtight container.
Yes. Prepare the logs in advance. Freeze them unbaked for up to 1 month. If frozen any longer, the texture won’t be at its prime.
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- Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
- Yield: 24 Cookies 1x
Italian biscotti is easy to make at home. These twice-baked cookies are crunchy on the edges with a more tender crumb in the middle. Drizzled with a layer of melted chocolate.
- 1 stick salted butter, lightly softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (packed) light-brown sugar
- 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted – for brushing
For Coating Cookies
- 2 4–ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate bars
RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). If using 2 biscotti pans, spray the sides with baking spray. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. If using 2 baking trays, line them with parchment paper or silicone bakings mats.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until well creamed. Add lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until blended. Add eggs and beat again. Add baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Mix briefly.
- Add flour and mix until fully incorporated. The biscotti dough will be dense and sticky – but it should not be overly wet. If needed, add just a bit more flour. Toss in almonds and mix briefly.
- Lightly spray your hands and a spatula with cooking spray. Evenly divide the biscotti batter between the baking pans or trays. If using a baking tray – form each half into a log that’s approximately 11 1/2 inches X 5 inches. Smooth out the tops.
- One pan or tray at a time, bake the biscotti for 25 minutes – or until the surface is a light golden blonde. Remove from oven. Brush 1 tablespoon of melted butter over the top and sides of the loaf. Wait 10 minutes. Transfer the loaf to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, slice biscotti crosswise (perpendicular to the board) into 12 one-inch pieces.
- On a lined baking sheet, set pieces flat on their sides with a cut side facing down. Return them to the oven to crisp for 10 – 15 minutes. Do not flip the biscotti while baking! Once they’re dry, lightly crisp, and golden around the edges, remove cookies from the oven. To prevent breakage, allow the pieces to remain on the baking sheet until they’ve shed off heat and are stiff enough to handle. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely. As they cool, these Italian cookies will harden and become dryer.
- Melt chocolate according to package instructions. (I melt baking chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well after each session until the chocolate is melted and smooth). With the back of a spoon, spread melted chocolate onto the bottom of each biscuit. Transfer to a silicone mat. Allow chocolate to harden and dry.
How to handle sticky dough: Biscotti dough is dense and sticky, but it should not be overly wet. If needed, add a bit more flour. To make the dough easier to handle, stick your freezer-safe mixing bowl with the dough into the freezer for 25-30 minutes. You can also coat your hands a bit of flour or cooking spray to help battle the stickiness.
How to make harder biscotti: After the sliced cookies have baked for 10 minutes at 350°F, reduce the oven temperature to 200°F. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved. The longer they’re baked, the harder they’ll become.
How to cut biscotti without cracking: Brushing melted butter over the top and sides of the biscotti after the first bake will make it easier to slice and reduce the amount of cracking. To slice biscotti, use a serrated knife. With a sawing motion, slice loaves straight down, perpendicular to the board. For best results, slice after 10 to 20 minutes of cooling. Don’t wait any longer or it will start to crumble.
How to store biscotti: After cookies are completely cool, wrap them in plastic. In a room-temperature environment without humidity (60°F to 72°F), store biscotti on the countertop for up to 2 weeks. The crisper they are, the longer they will last without going stale.
- Prep Time: 35 Minutes
- Cook Time: 35 Minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: biscotti, biscotti cookies, Italian cookies, Italian biscotti
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We shared this biscotti with chocolate drizzle today. Everyone in the family loves it! Every bite burst with happiness, it’s like the heaven opened its gates. This is so good, so thumbs up!
Thank you Jeff for sharing this with me. I really appreciate that. It makes me smile to know this biscotti recipe has brought happiness to you and those you love! Many good wishes are sent your way for a wonderful week.
Love Biscotti, but have never made it before! Can’t wait to try it! It sounds sooo good!
Making biscotti at home is so much fun during the winter season! I could go for a batch of these right now! Gotta try !
I love biscotti and these look yummy!!! I need to try these!!
Biscotti is so good, especially with coffee. I have always bought mine. Now I want to make them. Thanks for the recipe!
I absolutely love biscotti, but I have never made it myself. I need to try it soon.
I’m not much of a morning person but I’m definitely a cookie person! :) And these biscotti look fantastic. Totally want to make them!
Yum! This looks so delicious. It would make the perfect snack.
I didn’t even know there was a biscotti pan. I make a batch a month for years and didn’t know!
They look so good, but I wouldn’t have thought to pair them with tea. I’ll have to try and make the biscotti sometime.
I’m not sure why I’ve never made these before. They would be perfect paired with my tea in the mornings.
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Biscotti is so much fun to make and would be perfectly delicious for dipping in tea! Thanks for sharing your biscotti recipe with us!
Homemade biscotti?! That sounds like a dream come true! Of course, the melted chocolate is an added bonus.
Biscotti is so good with tea or coffee. Unfortunately, I don’t bake so I always end up with the store bought ones.
Yes please. I need to make this for breakfast one morning. It would be such a fabulous treat. Plus chocolate is the best!
Oooo I love biscotti with my coffee or tea! I’ve never made it before, but this recipe certainly looks easy enough! Thanks.
I want to make this today. It looks absolutely delicious and I know everybody my family would love it as a little snack. What a great way to relax.
This isn’t hard to make. They are so good!