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Italian Almond Biscotti Recipe: Perfectly Crunchy and Delicious Treat

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Italian Almond Biscotti Recipe

If you love the idea of a crunchy, delicious treat, you’re going to be thrilled with this Italian Almond Biscotti recipe. These twice-baked cookies are loaded with nutty flavor and are perfect for dunking in coffee or a glass of wine.

Making these biscotti at home is simpler than you might think, and it only takes a few basic ingredients. You’ll use classic Italian elements like almond extract and lemon zest, giving the biscotti their signature taste. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting, this recipe will make you feel like a pro.

You’ll also have the option to add your own twist with different flavors and mix-ins. Cranberries, pistachios, or even chocolate chips can make for an exciting variation. Get ready to enjoy a little taste of Italy right from your own kitchen.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Making Italian Almond Biscotti requires some specific ingredients. Here’s a clear list with possible substitutes:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • Substitute: Gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free version
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Ensure even rising
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
    • Substitute: Flax eggs (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 2.5 tablespoons water per egg) for a vegan option
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • Substitute: Coconut sugar for a healthier option
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • Substitute: Vegan butter for dairy-free biscotti
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Additional Flavors:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • Optional, can replace with orange zest
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted and chopped

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Consider these substitutions if you want to tweak the recipe to fit dietary restrictions or personal tastes. Each ingredient contributes to the biscotti’s unique flavor and texture.


Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toast the almonds and set them aside to cool.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, eggs, lemon zest, almond extract, and vanilla extract until the mixture is thick and pale.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture gradually, mixing until you form a dough.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. Shape each part into a log about 12 inches long and 2 inches wide, and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the logs are firm to the touch.

Remove the logs from the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes.

Slice the logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices using a sharp serrated knife.

Place the slices cut side up back on the baking sheet. Lower the oven temperature to 275°F (135°C).

Bake the slices for an additional 30 minutes, turning them over halfway through the baking time to ensure even toasting.

Let the biscotti cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container.

For a different twist, add your favorite mix-ins like cranberries, pistachios, chocolate chips, or orange zest. These additions can make your biscotti unique and delicious.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh almonds and check that your baking powder is active for the best results.

Toast the Almonds: Toast the almonds before adding them to the dough for a deeper flavor.

Chill the Dough: If your dough is sticky, chilling it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes makes it easier to handle.

Shape the Dough: When shaping the logs, use lightly floured hands to prevent sticking.

Cutting the Biscotti: Use a sharp serrated knife to slice the biscotti logs after the first bake. Cut them at a slight angle for longer biscotti.

Second Bake Tips: Lower the oven temperature for the second bake to ensure the biscotti are dry and crispy without being overbaked.

Flavor Variations: Add zest of lemon or orange, dried fruits, or chocolate chips for different flavors.

Storage: Store biscotti in an airtight container to keep them crunchy. They can last up to two weeks at room temperature.

Freezing: Biscotti can be frozen for up to three months. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and thaw at room temperature.

Serving: Serve biscotti with coffee, tea, or dessert wine. They are also great as gifts, wrapped in decorative bags.