Italian Anisette Biscotti Cookies

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This was grandma's recipe. A real Authentic Italian anisette cookie. One that is a real tradition around Christmas holidays. Grandma was 94 when she passed away. This old-fashioned almost bread like Italian hard cookie was our favorite dunking cookie. These are so good. We have them always ready for company and they freeze and ship well. It makes a good amount to freeze in loaves and have in a quick instant when company arrives. Don't forget to serve that demitasse black Italian espresso. That is the perfect combination of flavors when serving these cookies. That is the only way to get the full experience of these great Italian traditional anisette cookies. Grandma's favorite cookie and by far the best recipe I ever made for them right here. So scroll down and lets get baking!


these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.




Dipped or Plain



I really love these cookies because the basic dough is so versatile.


The cookies can be adapted to whatever flavor you wanted to add to this dough.


These are the Traditional authentic way to make biscotti with anisette flavoring.


Grandma and mom never made them any other way.



these are an anisette biscotti that are dipped in dark chocolate on the bottom of the cookies in a Christmas box



Christmas and Vintage


Through the years, the cookies got Americanized.


These are biscotti cookies that are anisette flavored with green and red cherries for Christmas in a pretty tin that has silent night and other musical staff songs on the tin. There is a green napkin in the tin with the cookies on top.



Toasting Them



You need to watch these carefully when toasting these cookies.


I lower the heat to 325 sometimes if they start to toast too quickly, everyone oven seems to be different.


Don't toast them on the bottom rack, use the middle.


After the bottoms brown, take them out and flip them over.


This takes 10 to 12 minutes to toast each side.




these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.




Festive Looking Change and Adapt!



The great thing about this cookie is the same dough can look like a totally different cookie right?


You can dip them in white or dark chocolate, add nuts or sprinkles or even add them to the batter.


Substitute vanilla or maple and even cinnamon oil in the batter for another spice flavored biscotti.


You can also sprinkle flavored sugars on top of the egg wash while they cook.


Get creative.



these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.



Slicing the Cookies



I use a serrated knife to cut the cooled cookies on an angle.


You can use any kind of knife that cuts them clean without crumbling the cookies.


I find that sawing them work better for me but you will have to experiment with your knives on how sharp they are.


Cool them for at least 5 minutes before slicing and returning to the oven to toast.




these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.



The Batter:



The batter is very thick, it shouldn't be sticky.


If you have a real sticky dough add more flour until it forms a ball.,


Also, pat the loaves in a nice loaf shape with a floured hand before baking so they will be a uniform size when slicing.



these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.


Looks Like Loaves of Bread Baking



These are a sturdy cookie and they look like little loaves of bread.


You can really shape this dough however you want however this is the authentic way to make a biscotti cookie.


espresso filled cups of coffee and anisette liqueur



Perfect with Espresso



These cookies taste great served with a nice cup of espresso coffee.


Grandma always had her black coffee ready when serving these to guests.


They freeze great in bags and ready in minutes to thaw.



this is a bag of anisette biscotti ready to go into the freezer for when guest come unexpectedly



Truly The Best Italian Cookies



An easy cookie really twice baked and a traditional Italian cookie that never grows old in our home.


If you don't like anisette flavoring....try another flavor, add hazelnuts, chips.


Biscotti is a versatile cookie, and this basic dough will get you to any favorites.


I have made them many ways, but this is the old time original with anisette biscotti and the only one grandma would make.



These are biscotti cookies that are anisette flavored with green and red cherries for Christmas in a pretty tin that has silent night and other musical staff songs on the tin. There is a green napkin in the tin with the cookies on top.



By the way, these are great for dunking



These cookies are fairly hard and perfect for dunking in hot coffee.


That's how we ate them in our home.


If you don't like dunking cookies, just be aware they are very hard after being toasted.


These authentic vintage anisette biscotti are a true delight to eat and serve all year long. Enjoy!


these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.



Try These Other Favorite Italian Cookies

Italian Wedding Tray Frosted Soft Cookies
Italian Almond Paste Cafe Style Cookies
Italian Orange Juice Cookies
Ricotta Cookies





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these are a traditional italian anisette biscotti and how to make them. The instructions are step by step on how to make the perfect biscotti cookie.

Italian Anisette Biscotti Cookies

prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins
This is an old-fashioned vintage recipe my grandmother made and mom for many years for Christmas call anisette biscotti.

ingredients:

6 eggs ( 1 more egg beaten  for later to brush on top)

1 cup oil

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoon pure anise extract or more if you love it

4 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teas salt

6 teaspoon of baking powder

instructions:

Mix all in a bowl to form a stiff dough. On a greased cookie sheet form two large loaves or smaller sized loaves in the shapes of a torpedo or bread loaves. 

Brush with one beaten egg ( if you love anisette flavor add another teaspoon to the egg wash). Bake at 350 until brown.


Take out of oven cool, for 5 minutes, slice cookies on a slant, put bake on the cookie sheet, bake again until toasted and browned on both sides in a 350-degree hot oven.



Optional:  add 6 green and 6 red chopped cherries in the batter last for Christmas and a festive cookie.

At Christmas time, we like to dip the bottoms or the ends in melted chocolate. Just melt chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute at a time till smooth. Dip the ends in chocolate or the whole bottom of the cookie. You can also add sprinkles, colored sugars for a festive look.


calories
77
fat (grams)
6
sat. fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
17
net carbs
9
protein (grams)
2
sugar (grams)
21
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39 comments

  1. oh yeah! I make these, usually in the fall, my recipe is from florence and uses ground almonds. my mom makes tge anisette cookies. mmmmm

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  2. well if you ever want to share the recipe I'm in! Would love to try yours....

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  3. OH! I love anise cookies--remember the stella dorra commercials--"not just for breakfast"

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. Looks tasty ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

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  5. I love biscotti. I make a pumpkin version and a chocolate version.

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  6. I would love to dunk one of these into my coffee...

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  7. I must say that they look perfect!.. Delcious. Luna

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  8. Just love anything with anise. Fab!

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  9. Many memories come flooding back.y mother and aunts always had anisette biscotti. Usually Stella D'Oro! But I won't quibble. These look scrumptious.

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  10. these looks really delicious
    like the ones with chocolate

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  11. These are one of my favorite things to make - and eat - was planning on making some this weekend! I love, love, love the anise ones!

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  12. Recently(over the holidays) I have discovered the wonders of biscotti. They are absolutely wonderful and easy to make!! I want to try some of these as I've only had one kind (chocolate) and need to learn some new versions :D

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  13. I have an Italian friend who makes a number of Anisette cookies around Christmas...I've been meaning to try them...and now you offer these delicious looking biscotti! Another for my pile of recipes to try :)

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  14. I absolutely love the taste of anisette. When I was younger I couldn't stand it - hated licorice as well. I'm not sure what happened between the age of 10 and 30 (trying to make you all think I'm 30...) but my taste buds FINALLY saw the light. LOVE anisette.
    Those biscotti are wonderful.

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  15. Oh so delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe for biscotti! I have a few of them, but they're all a bit questionable... I need to try it out your way.

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  16. Fresh biscotti! Hell yeah! And a cup of good coffee!

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  17. Mmmm..I would love this dipped in coffee. I think I would have so much fun dipping..haha. My friend just gave me a packet yesterday. I would love to try making this one day. Hope you have a great day, Claudia!

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  18. I can never get enough biscotti recipes! I try each and every one! Especially when I hear they are passed down favorites as this one.

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  19. Love biscotti! Those look scrumptious!

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  20. Claudia...I love biscotti. I just don't always have good luck with them. They come out more like doorstops than cookies! But these look fabulous! I just might have to try again with this recipe! : )

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  21. Big biscotti fan Claudia! I made them on several occasions. Mine didn't seem to be the right texture. Just a bit too hard and not enough air pockets if you know what I mean. Yours have them. Could it be the recipe I used? Do you have any suggestions?

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  22. I love biscotti and really enjoy making it. I'm going to try these. :)

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  23. ohhh I haven't had biscotti in forever, these look delicious

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  24. These look so fun and festive for the holidays! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try them.

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  25. Claudia, these are perfect! It's so nice that you have your grandma's recipe for them. My dad can't find his grandma's recipe for knot cookies and I am dying for him to finally find it. Love your biscotti! :)

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  26. These Italian cookie recipe would be perfect with coffee or tea! Looks delish!

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  27. What a cute recipe for the holidays. This is a really good idea. The holidays are approaching and I would like to cook your unique recipe.

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  28. I love biscotti and these look perfect, Claudia! I wish I had one right now with my coffee <3

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  29. These would make great gifts! I'm anxious to make these! This is awesome! Yup this looks pretty darn perfect to me. Thank you!

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  30. I love biscotti, but struggle to make it ... and have it turn out right. I must have the oven too hot or leave them in too long ... because they always taste scorched. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  31. I love to hear the traditional stories behind family recipes. I am so happy that this one brings your fond memories!

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  32. I shoud try these cookies! Italian cookies are always a hit in our house and we all love anisette flavor!

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  33. Biscotti is the perfect holiday gift. Who doesn't love to give and get something homemade? Going to add these to my holiday cookie list!

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  34. I love biscotti and the flavors that goes into this recipe. I must say these look perfect and with holiday season, baking these biscotti will be fun

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  35. Biscotti is hands down my favorite treat with a good strong coffee. I love the anise extract in this!

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  36. We LOVE biscotti of any kind, and this is such a fantastic "base" recipe, like you say that we can add flavouring to so it becomes our own <3 lovely!

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  37. I love anisette and grew up with mom using it often. Since I got married I hardly ever use it because my husband hates it. I must try this for me and the kids.

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  38. Biscotti are the greatest and they travel so well. Every Christmas we make about 12 varieties and then we wrap and send them to our special friends. Our oldest son's favorite flavor is anise. We always make sure we have that flavor for him. Biscotti are really easy to make once you get the feel of it. And they are terrific dunking cookies.

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  39. Grandma's recipes are the best! They are the ones we need to cherish the most! Great recipe for Christmas!

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