Easy Biscotti Recipe

Here is an easy biscotti recipe that you can dress up by adding ingredients or keep it plain. Either way, it is a no-fail basic easy biscotti recipe.

Easy Biscotti Recipe

What is biscotti?

It is a crunchy cookie that is baked twice and most often paired with coffee. Coffee and cookies…Yes Please!

Easy Biscotti Baking Tips

  • Biscotti is actually really simple to make.  It is just like making cookies. You just have to bake it twice to get it nice and crunchy.
  • You can use a Biscotti PanEasy Biscotti Recipe 1 or you can shape and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet. I used a cookie sheet and it was easy to shape.
  • Using a rubber spatula (because the dough is sticky) and a rolling pin I formed  the dough into a log and rolled the dough starting from the outside edges rolling towards the middle. This formed the classic biscotti shape.
  • It is very important to let the biscotti completely cool before slicing it otherwise it will crumble.

Easy Basic Biscotti Recipe

Easy Biscotti Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

If you don’t have butter you can use vegetable oil. Here is a biscotti recipe that uses oil.

Homemade Biscotti Recipe

Easy Biscotti Recipe Directions (printable recipe below)

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease one large cookie sheet or Biscotti PanEasy Biscotti Recipe 1 .
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and baking powder until the mixture is smooth.
  • Mix in any additional ingredients you desire. *See notes below.
  • Beat in the eggs. The batter may look curdled.
  • Put your mixer on a low speed and add the flour, stirring until smooth.
  • Place dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Shape the dough into one log or two depending on how big you want your biscotti.
  • Straighten the logs, and smooth their tops and sides with a rubber spatula and rolling pin.
  • Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Reduce the heat to 325F. While the oven heat is reducing let the dough cool on the counter.
  • Once cooled down use a serrated knife and cut the dough into 1/2 inch wide slices.
  • Separate the biscotti slices and place them back in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Place on a rack to cool and store in an airtight container.
Easy Biscotti Recipe

Easy Biscotti Flavor Suggestions:

Since this is a basic biscotti recipe here are some variations to try.

  • Dried fruit: Apple pieces, craisins, fig,
  • Nuts: Almonds, pistachio, walnuts
  • Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice
  • Extracts: Almond, lemon, orange
  • Chocolate: Melt the chocolate and dip the biscotti or mix in chocolate chips.

A Note about adding other ingredients:

  • A good starting point when adding spices is with one teaspoon.
  • When adding dried fruit or nuts a good amount is 1/4 cup.
  • Adding additional extracts start with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.

After you get used to making homemade biscotti and experimenting with flavors you can add more to taste.

Easy Biscotti Recipe

Shaping the Biscotti Dough by hand

Lightly grease the largest size cookie pan you have. I have shaped the dough directly on the pan.

The shape you want is a rectangle with rounded corners. With the dough slightly higher down the middle. Like a little hill.

The dough is sticky so I use a rolling pin and a rubber spatula.

With the rubber spatula, I keep the rectangle sides straight. I use the rolling pin to smooth out the dough starting from the outside working in. This pushes the dough to the center to create the little hill.

Easy Biscotti Recipe

Easy Vanilla Biscotti Printable Recipe

Easy Vanilla Biscotti Recipe
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Easy Vanilla Biscotti

Here is an easy biscotti recipe that you can dress up by adding ingredients or keep it plain.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 141 kcal
Author Stephanie Jackson

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease one large cookie sheet or Biscotti Pan .
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Mix in any additional ingredients you desire. *See notes below.
  4. Beat in the eggs. The batter may look curdled.
  5. Put your mixer on a low speed and add the flour, stirring until smooth.
  6. Place dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Shape the dough into one log or two depending on how big you want your biscotti.
  8. Straighten the logs, and smooth their tops and sides with a rubber spatula and rolling pin.
  9. Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  10. Reduce the heat to 325F. While the oven heat is reducing let the dough cool on the counter.
  11. Once cooled down use a serrated knife and cut the dough into 1/2 inch wide slices.
  12. Separate the biscotti slices and place back in the oven.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes.
  14. Place on a rack to cool and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Since this is a basic biscotti recipe here are variations.
Dried fruit: Apple pieces, craisins, fig,
Nuts: Almonds, pistachio, walnuts
Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice
Extracts: Almond, lemon, orange
Chocolate: Melt the chocolate and dip the biscotti or mix in chocolate chips.

Note about adding other ingredients:
A good starting point when adding spices is with one teaspoon.
When adding dried fruit or nuts a good amount is 1/4 cup.
Adding additional extracts start with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vanilla Biscotti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You might also like my Skinny Chocolate Fudge Cookies! 

This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour

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10 thoughts on “Easy Biscotti Recipe

  1. I made two batches of biscotti today. One had almond flavoring and slivered almonds; the other had cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, with raw sugar sprinkles on top. Both were easy and delicious!

  2. Marcia, That sounds so good. I love all those Fall spices. Now I want to get in the kitchen and make a batch.
    Stephanie

  3. So excited to make these for my Bridal Shower Tea Party coming up! How many biscotti’s does this recipe yield?

  4. Hi Mandi, How exciting! Congratulations on your engagement. The yield depends on how big you want the biscotti. What you can do is form 2 logs for smaller biscotti which will yield between 16 – 20. I would definitely make a batch now so you know what to expect rather than waiting the day of and coming up short.
    Stephanie

  5. 5 stars
    First batch is in the oven now. Disnt branch out from the original recipe this time but can’t wait to try them! How long do these stay fresh in a sealed container?

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