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Vanilla Almond Biscotti Cookie

I am confessing to the world, I am no pastry chef.  So I LOVE recipes that have been tested over & over and come out perfect every time.  This is one of those.  I have about 2 dozen “baking” recipes that make me look like I’m a super hero baker.  I used them in the bakery at TaylorMade Market all the time, only changing the “add-ins” and/or flavors.

USE THE BASE of this Biscotti recipe (omitting the vanilla & almonds) and TaylorMake your own flavor combo’s.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Biscotti (/bɪˈskɒti/Italian pronunciation: [bisˈkɔtti]), more correctly known as biscotti di Prato (English: Prato biscuits), also known as cantuccini (English: coffee bread), are twice-baked biscuits originating in the Italian city of Prato. The biscuits are oblong-shaped almond biscuits, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven.

So that is the official definition.  These are simple to make & so yummy even the kids will love them.  My kids get excited to find one tucked inside their lunchbox.


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Try one of these crisp Italian cookies to dip into your favorite coffee.

Vanilla Almond Biscotti


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using stand mixer or an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in almonds.
  4. Form the dough into a wide log shape. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the same baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are a toasty golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

You could also gourmet these up a notch by dipping them in dark chocolate.  Make them more “kid friendly” by adding white chocolate & sprinkles.
The only way you will go wrong with this recipe is by not making enough of these tasty treats for everyone to enjoy

With this biscotti base – you can make any flavor biscotti recipe.   It’s quick, easy and one of my favorite Italian cookie recipes. Here are some suggestions….

Macadamia nut & coconut
Pistachio & cranberry, perfect for Christmas
Chocolate Chip
Cranberry Orange
White Chocolate & Blueberry
Chocolate Hazelnut
Cherry Almond White Chocolate
Peanut Butter & Bacon
You get the idea…Whatever sounds yummy to you.
So if you want to only bake biscotti once and eat it, that’s fine with me. But crisp, twice-baked biscotti are the perfect dunking cookie for a shot of espresso or your favorite coffee.

Vanilla Almond Biscotti Cookies

These biscotti are as pretty as they are delicious tasting. Excellent served with a cup of coffee. But on special occasions or after dinner, serve them with a sparkling wine or a sweet dessert wine for a wonderful treat.

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