Anise Walnut Biscotti


This recipe was given to me by my Grandmother Nancy (Saccuzzo). She was a great little Italian Nana. She taught me how to cook and was an inspiration in my life. Enjoy with your favorite red wine or coffee.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature

  • 2 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 8 eggs

  • 7 teaspoons baking powder

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons anise extract

  • 3 teaspoons anise seed

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C ).

  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar Gradually add the vanilla and eggs while mixing. Sift together the flour and baking powder; stir into the egg mixture. For plain biscotti, do not add anything else (see Cook's Note). Stir in the anise extract and anise seed. Add walnuts if desired.

  3. Wet or grease your hands and shape dough out into 4 logs as long as your baking sheet will allow. Pat each one to about 3/4 inch in height, and 3 inches wide. Brush with beaten egg yolks.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Slice logs at an angle, cutting pieces into 1/2 to 3/4-inch wide cookies. Place slices back onto the cookie sheet, standing upright, if possible; leave a gap between the slices. Return to the oven and bake until cookies are dry and lightly toasted, about 10 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

For plain biscotti, omit all of the flavorings. For walnut cookies, omit the anise seed and extract.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 39mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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