Anisette Biscotti


My great-great-aunt Josie created this recipe and handed it down through the family. The anise seed and anisette give it an authentic Italian flavor. A bit labor intensive, but they are so worth it! Great for dunking in tea or coffee, or just munching on. I double the recipe and give them out for Christmas every year.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
31 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 51 mins
28 to 30 biscotti


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons anisette liqueur

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder


  1. Beat sugar and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in walnuts, oil, anisette liqueur, brandy, and anise seeds. Fold in flour and baking powder until dough comes together. Cover with plastic wrap and chill, about 3 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  3. Remove dough from refrigerator. Use greased hands to shape half the dough into a 1 1/2-inch-wide log on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough on second baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, switching baking sheets halfway through, until dough is pale golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until easily handled, about 5 minutes.

  5. Transfer logs to a cutting board and slice into 1-inch pieces at a 45-degree angle using a sharp or serrated knife. Arrange slices on their sides on the baking sheets.

  6. Bake again in the preheated oven, flipping slices over halfway through, until lightly browned, about 14 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 43mg 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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