Grandma's Old Fashioned Italian Biscotti Recipe

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Biscotti can be traditional or adapted to many different creations to your preference. Here are a few suggestions using a basic old fashioned recipe. Get creative, make your favorite.

Mix in some chopped cranberries, raisins, dates, figs into the batter for creative versions. Maybe you're a chocolate chip lover or just love lots of nuts... add your heart's desire.

An easy cookie really twice baked...after making large loaves on a cookie sheet, you'll cut these while warm, and put them bake in the oven to toast....very easy and traditional...a cookie that never grows old. 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.

Anisette Cookies

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

1 cup oil

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoon pure anise extract or another flavor such as lemon, orange, almond

4 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 teaspoon of baking powder

Optional: add 1 cup of cranberries, chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, pecans to the dough

Optional: melt white or dark chocolate to dip each end into

Mix all in a bowl to form a stiff dough. On a greased cookie sheet form two loaves in thin width shapes of a torpedo, 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......

***Optional: 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 or nuts for a festive look.

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  1. Wtah wonderful cookies. It's exactly the kind I love for breakfast or to enjoy with a cup of tea. I like anise very much. Bye dear, have a grea we

  2. These would be so wonderful with tea! I'm sorry to hear you've had such trouble. I hope it is behind you now. Have a good weekend. Blessings...Mary

  3. The versatility of biscotti is what makes them so amazing. You can make once batch of cookies and end up with a number of variously decorated treats.

  4. nice recepie!

    i will try!



  5. Wonderful cookies! I also tried to cook and i really liked!!! Have a good weekend!

  6. Need a giant cup of coffee to go with these. My mama makes these and sends them in care packages to me on occasion. I don't have it in me to give them a try just yet because I know mine would never turn out just like my mamas.

  7. I love recipes that have family history. Your biscotti sounds so perfect. One of these days I'll need to finally bake my own. Thanks Claudia and have a great weekend:)

  8. Dear Claudia, What a nice recipe. These were a staple in my house when I was growing up. I loved dipping them. Your cookies look so inviting. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  9. I have a tin on my kitchen counter that I try to keep filled with delectable biscotti! I will have to give yours a try…they look beautiful!

  10. LOVE biscotti! Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes!

  11. Best breakfast treat ever! Looks delicious!!

  12. We make our biscotti (contucci) much the same way, however, my family has never added fruit and I think it would be extra delicious! We always bake these for Christmas!

  13. Claudia these look awesome! I have a long time I don't bale some biscottis, you have inspired me. Thank for sharing such wonderful recipe. I am sorry to hear about your stolen post :(.

  14. Claudia these look awesome! I have a long time I don't bale some biscottis, you have inspired me. Thank for sharing such wonderful recipe. I am sorry to hear about your stolen post :(.

  15. Hi Claudia, awesome biscotti, very nice. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.


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