Cookies/ Muffins & Pastries

Vanilla Almond Biscotti

Homemade, from scratch, Vanilla Almond Biscotti.  Nothing compares to homemade baked treats and biscotti is easier to make than you may think.  Biscotti means twice baked, so there are a few steps to making these treats, but I broke the recipe down into steps and added pictures too!  I am a visual learner, so I like pictures.  This biscotti recipe is full of warm vanilla flavor and studded with chunks of almonds, baked to a crisp and crunchy texture, perfect for dunking in coffee!

My best friend (Suzy) that I worked with for many years, retired a few years ago and moved a couple states away from California 🙁  I miss her greatly.  She was there for me several years ago when I was going through some hard times, and would always (and still does) text me good morning and good night.  I think it started because she wanted to make sure I was still alive (she worries about me just like my mom does).  Well Suzy had mentioned she wanted some Vanilla Almond Biscotti, so I made a batch to send to her with her birthday and Christmas presents this year, as a surprise 🙂

Biscotti ships wonderfully, so it is a great cookie to bake and send as a present!  Plus who wouldn’t love some homemade goodies arriving on their doorstep???

Let’s get into the steps….first, make your dough and form an approximately 4-inch by 18-inch log.

Now comes the first bake of the biscotti.  Once the first bake is done, let the biscotti set for 30-minutes on the counter, before cutting into approximately 1-inch wedges.

Flip your biscotti wedges over, exposing the inside of the cookie, and put the biscotti back in the oven for its second bake.  Halfway through the second bake, you will take the biscotti out and flip the biscotti over to bake the other side.  Once the second bake is done, let the biscotti set at room temperature until completely cool!

Vanilla Almond Biscotti

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Serves: 20-cookies Cooking Time: 37-minutes plus 14-minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped raw almonds (I used Our Daily Eats Raw Almonds)
  • clear sanding sugar (optional)

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a large flat cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and mix on medium-high speed until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, into the mixture. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract into the mixture. Scrap the sides of the bowl and then mix the ingredients on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and mixture is creamy and smooth.

2

Change the mixer to low speed and slowly add the salt, nutmeg, flour and baking powder. Mix until barely combined. Add the chopped almonds and mix until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and dump the dough out onto prepared baking sheet.

3

Form the dough into a 4-inch wide by 18-inch long log. Sprinkle the top of the dough with sanding sugar (if using) and bake dough in 350-degree over for 37-minutes. Remove baked log from the oven and let set on the counter for 30-minutes before slicing the log into wedges.

4

After the log has cooled for 30-minutes, cut the log into 1-inch wedges. Flip the wedges so they are flat on the baking sheet and return baking sheet to 350-degree oven for 7-minutes. After 7-minutes, remove the biscotti from the oven and flip the wedges over. Return the biscotti back into the oven and bake for another 7-minutes. Remove baked biscotti from the oven and let set on the cookie sheet until set. Transfer biscotti to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before storing.

Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Biscotti stays fresh for several days.

See?  Super easy!  So tell me…do you like biscotti?  Have you ever made your own or had homemade biscotti?  What is your favorite variety of biscotti?  Any other varieties of biscotti you would like to see me create?  Leave a comment below!

XOXO,

Kelly

Foodlyn sent me the Our Daily Eats Raw Almonds that I used in my biscotti recipe.  Superior products and unique food items shipped right to your door from Foodlyn!

PS- I linked this post up at the following link parties: Meal Plan Monday, Sugar and Spice, Pretty Pintastic Party, Reader Tip Tuesday, Foodie Friday.

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    loveatfirstbento
    December 17, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Love the step-by-step pictures Kelly! I’m also a big time visual learner, so I always appreciate when recipes include extra points like these 🙂 And how amazing does vanilla + almond sound as a flavor combination? Sounds perfect for a biscotti! I’m sure your friend loved them 😀

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 18, 2017 at 6:45 AM

      Thank you!! I am glad you appreciated my step by step pictures 🙂 I hope my friend enjoys the biscotti! They won’t be delivered until later this week. Whoops lol 😉 XOXO

  • Reply
    Amy
    December 17, 2017 at 10:47 PM

    It sounds like you have a very good friend. It is always nice to have someone to count on even when they do move away. I’m thinking that she was pretty excited to get the package! I have never made biscotti before but I do like it and you have made it sound a little more manageable to make. I’m going to have to try it. Thank you for sharing the recipe and this blog post. It warmed my heart!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 18, 2017 at 6:46 AM

      Thanks Amy! I am glad you enjoyed this blog post 🙂 I hope you make this! It really is easier than it seems!! And these make great presents too. Have a great week! XOXO

  • Reply
    gardeningfoodie
    December 18, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    Kelly, this looks so good, I have always wanted to make biscotti but never found a good recipe. I absolutely love this recipe and really have to try this one out…it looks amazing. Definitely pinning to make.
    Thank you for the yummy recipe, have a wonderful week 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 18, 2017 at 6:48 AM

      Thank you! I hope you make these! They are definitely yummy and so good when dunked in coffee 🙂 Thanks for pinning! Have a great week too! XOXO

  • Reply
    Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    December 18, 2017 at 3:33 AM

    I love biscotti recipes Kelly!! These are my favorite cookies..And I love your vanilla almond ones.. There’s something so good about dunking one in my hot coffee 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 18, 2017 at 6:49 AM

      Yay! I am glad you are a biscotti lover too! So yummy…especially when homemade 🙂 Have a great week! XOXO

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    December 18, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Awwww you’re so sweet! I’m guessing Suzy loved her biscotti. I know I would! They look perfect!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 20, 2017 at 5:56 AM

      Thank you Kelsie! The package arrives today, so hopefully she loves her biscotti 🙂 Have a great rest of the week! XOXO

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    December 18, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    your friend is lucky (; these look so tasty, and i’m plotting about dipping these in chocolate too because it’s the holidays! (and holidays = extra decadence oops oops).

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 20, 2017 at 5:57 AM

      Thank you Heather! Dipping these in chocolate is the BEST idea ever!!! If I wasn’t shipping them all to my girl, then I probably would have done that (especially if I was just keeping them for myself hehehe). XOXO.

  • Reply
    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    December 18, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Beautiful photos, and beautiful biscotti, Kelly!! I love biscotti SO much. I want to munch on these asap!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 20, 2017 at 5:58 AM

      Awwww thanks Katherine!! You are so sweet! Have a great rest of the week my dear 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Cori @ Sweet Coralice
    December 19, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    I have a weakness for biscotti! I love how you broke it down because I’m a visual learner as well. This is simple to follow and so yummy looking 💕🤩

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 20, 2017 at 5:58 AM

      Thank you Cori! I am glad you liked how I broke down the recipe! Have a great day 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    cakespy
    December 20, 2017 at 4:21 AM

    I used to despise biscotti (more like a door stop!) until I tried homemade varieties. Now, I still despise it in stores but love it when someone has made it. This looks like a lovely version!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 20, 2017 at 6:02 AM

      Homemade makes all the difference, right?! Totally different from the door stops…errrr…biscotti, that you buy in the store 🙂 XOXOX Thanks Jessie!!

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    Julie Pollitt
    January 8, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    These look amazing! Mmm…

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      Kelly
      January 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM

      Thank you Julie!! So yummy with coffee! XOXO

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