An Italian biscuit, hard and crunchy. Serve with Vin Santo or coffee.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
24 cookies


  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour

  • 9 ounces superfine sugar

  • 2 medium eggs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ounces roughly chopped hazelnuts

  • 1 ½ ounces roughly chopped almonds

  • 1 teaspoon whole anise seeds

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine flour, sugar, eggs, egg yolk, baking powder, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Blend until the mixture forms a ball, scraping the sides of the bowl once or twice. Turn mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead in hazelnuts, almonds, and anise seeds.

  3. Beat egg yolk and water together in a bowl.

  4. Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll into logs about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place onto the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Brush with egg yolk-water mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Cut logs diagonally into 1-inch slices and lay cut-sides down on the baking sheet. Return cantuccini to the oven until dry and firm, 30 to 40 minutes more.

  7. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 49mg 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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