Delicious, with a hint of licorice flavor. You can store these in an airtight container for over a month.
Delicious, with a hint of licorice flavor. You can store these in an airtight container for over a month.
Yum! Yum! Yum! I have been looking for a while for an outstanding biscotti recipe to use as a base, and I do believe this is it! My favorite kind is Toasted Almond with Cranberries. I use about a cup of toasted, slivered almonds, and a handful of dried cranberries chopped fairly small for a sprinkle of color and tartness. I use 2t of almond extract in place of the anise extract and 1/3 cup of milk (or half and half) in place of the brandy. I leave out the anise seed. Overall, this is a very simple, so-far-foolproof biscotti recipe that is easily adapted for use with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I'm so thrilled to have come across it!Read More
Yum! Yum! Yum! I have been looking for a while for an outstanding biscotti recipe to use as a base, and I do believe this is it! My favorite kind is Toasted Almond with Cranberries. I use about a cup of toasted, slivered almonds, and a handful of dried cranberries chopped fairly small for a sprinkle of color and tartness. I use 2t of almond extract in place of the anise extract and 1/3 cup of milk (or half and half) in place of the brandy. I leave out the anise seed. Overall, this is a very simple, so-far-foolproof biscotti recipe that is easily adapted for use with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I'm so thrilled to have come across it!
This biscotti is delicious! I've made it several times even substituting almond extract for the anise extract with terrific results. The tops can be dipped in melted chocolate for a special treat. I made several batches at Christmas time and wrapped them up as gifts for co-workers.
GREAT won't last a month. Had to make a new batch after one week. Had to use apricot brandy for a batch and it was a bonus. I will try other brandies but fear to change what is perfect. I did set out butter and eggs to room temp. before using. Sifted flour into measuring cups and tried to not beat too much when adding dry ingredients.
These were really good but as others suggested, I upped the anise content and I would do even more the next time. I made only a single loaf and upped the extract to just over a tsp and 2 Tbs anise seed. I think next time I'll add another half tablespoon of seed and a few more splashes of extract. Also used 5% cream for the liquid per Sweetooth instead of brandy and it worked great. I am brand new to biscotti as of this recipe and if you are too MAKE SURE YOUR LOAVES ARE FLAT. Mine was too tall, had to bake it too long (so the ends dried up)and when I went to cut, the middle still wasn't completely baked through so the tops of my cookies crumbled. This is why I do test batches :)
I found this recipe a couple of years ago, and loved it! As I am the only one in my family with a taste for anise, I modified this for Orange Pecan Biscotti substituting Gran Marnier for the Brandy, grated orange peel for the anise seed, orange extract for the anise extract and toasted chopped pecans for the almonds. Delicious! It is my family and friends' favorite. My brother can't stop eating them once he starts!
Everything about this recipe turned out colossal. The size of my biscotti, the size of the anise seeds I used and the flavor! Very good recipe, brings back childhood memories of Easter. Next time will shape loaves smaller and use mortar and pestle on seeds to try to incorporate seeds more into dough. Thank you Laria!
This is the easiest and best tasting recipe I have ever tried - threw out all my other biscotti recipes. This one is a keeper. Family loved them - gone in 2 days - will have to double next time. I followed the recipe exactly as posted and used convection bake on my oven.
I think these biscotti turned out just okay; however my husband LOVED them! We made a pot of coffee after dinner tonight and he downed several of these biscotti...I ate one or two. While the biscotti are tasty enough, to me they lack something...seems like a key ingredient is missing! As a child, I often made Anise Biscotti with my beloved mom and the anise flavor was really intense, which I like a lot. To me, these biscotti are flavorful but way too light on anise. I calculated the recipe to make half the amount of servings as written (I yielded about 26 biscotti) and doing so, I actually DOUBLED the anise extract from the ORIGINAL recipe that yields 60 biscuits (I used 3 teaspoons of anise extract). I also used 2 full heaping tablespoons of anise seed for my dough recipe even though I halved the original recipe. Perhaps working with the dough and the biscotti for an hour or so dulled my sense & taste for anise! At any rate, I will definitely be making these biscotti again but I'm gonna tweak the recipe a bit. Also, just as a mention...the dough is very wet, sticky and rather difficult to work with. Rather than wet my hands, etc I just floured my board and my hands really well before turning out the dough & prior to shaping it. On parchment paper that I placed over my cookie sheet, I used a long, floured carving knife to sorta mold and push the dough into 2 long and low log shapes. Doing all of this made working with the dough much much easier.
Do not be afraid of the biscotti! If I can make this, so can you. I left out the anise seed (I didn't have it). But this needed much longer to dry after cutting, so plan accordingly.
This recipe was my first attempt at biscotti. These are the most delicious biscotti I have ever tasted. My family raved about them and have since begged me to make them again. The aroma while the biscotti are baking is heavenly. They last for weeks in an air-tight container, if you hide them that long.
Very Yummy! I made them exactly as called for---next time I will at least double the anise extract and add more anise seeds because I love that anise flavor. I did make a cookie icing and used anise extract instead of vanilla to give it that extra anise flavor. A Keeper! Thanx
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars because as a base recipe, its amazing. I did swap out the anise extract and seeds for vanilla extract and cinnamon because I just don't like the taste of anise. And I used milk as my liquid instead of the alcohol. I kept everything else the exact same. In the future though ill toast my sliced biscotti at a higher temp (325 degrees would work best for my oven). My oven didn't want to toast anything at 300 degrees, even after 30 minutes. If anyone is hesitant to try this because of the anise (like I was), don't let it stop you. You can switch out those flavors with ones you like.
This is absolutely the very best Biscotti recipe. I made it exactly as written and I get raves. I can't keep them around and coffee shops want them. I'm going to try them with Kahlua instead of brandy to see if I get more of a coffee flavor but that's just for variety.
Perfect. Just what I was looking for. I didn't change a thing except for the dizzle on top.
I've tried quite a few biscotti recipes and by far this is the best! Sooooo goooooood! No changes.
love it!!!! i can not stop making these. everyone who eats them loves them!!! the recipe was easy to follow and they come out perfect everytime!!! thank you so much, they are better than anything you could get at the store!!!!!!! :)
i always make this biscotti recipe during christmas but they are good and time.. one of my faves
This is very moist and tasy biscotti, far better than the bland ones I have made before. The only thing was the brandy left a bad after-taste which surprised me. And I used a new, good brand. I thought the alcohol's bitter taste would cook out, but it did not. I would instead use one tablespoon brandy instead of 1/3 cup, or just leave it out altogether. You also can cook the dough an extra 8 - 10 minutes longer the first time around and then there is no need to double bake it --it makes for a softer cookie.
I went on a biscotti binge this holiday and made 5 different biscotti: This one is definitely my favorite. I never made biscotti before and I was a bit nervous. I followed the recipe exactly and it was just the right texture and taste. My family loves it and I bagged a bunch for gifts. Thank you for this wonderful biscotti recipe!
I made these as gifts for Christmas. (I baked them fully & will wrap each individual one in Saran Wrap, then tinfoil, then I will put in a ziploc, seal it most of the way up & suck the air out with a straw before freezing, in case anyone was wondering how to store biscotti for Christmas.) I thought these were FANTASTIC and I absolutely despise licorice (which is anise flavored). These have a very mild anise flavor, BUT I didn't have anise seed. I read at cooks.com that both caraway seed and fennel seed can be subbed for anise seed, so I chose caraway because fennel seeds are huge and green. The caraway is good but not everyone is going to like it because caraway is so distinctively associated with savory goods. Fennel might've been the better sub, but hey, anyone doesn't like them can just give them right back to me. I will glaze them before I re-package them as gifts; freezing them glazed will result in a dull gloss and possibly a sticky thaw. Thanks for the recipe -- I halved it but wished I'd made the whole thing!
I was pretty happy with this recipe. It was the first time I made biscotti. I probably would add more anise seed and maybe some more anise extract. I really love the flavor. I halved the amount of brandy, but next time I would feel more confident with more.
I have a favorite biscotti recipe that I've used for years, but wanted to try these because of the addition of brandy (I was cooking for a wedding reception and wanted a more "adult" biscotti. These are just lovely. I prepared a week in advance and they stayed crisp, the flavor deepened and when I opened the tin container, what an aroma!
Although I hate everything anise, I made these for an elderly, estranged Italian friend of ours when I found out it is his favorite kind of cookie. My husband and son liked them very much, and I actually did not mind the anise flavor after all, maybe because it's very mild. (By the way, I used 1 tsp ground anise instead of the extract since I did not have any, and used more seeds than called for). The thing I had trouble with was the consistency which was very sticky before baking, and crumbly after. I also had to bake it way longer than stated. I've had better luck with other biscotti recipes, but this was worth making at least for the sake of those who like it.
This looks like a great recipe.....Has anyone ever made it in high altitude?
I made these for my family and friends as Christmas presents. They were a huge hit!
This recipe is very good!
How do we spell DELICIOUS...........
These were very difficult to cut.. but the flavour was wonderful! Dip these guys in a cup of tea and it won't matter what shape they're in :)
It is a great recipe. First time i messed it up, as i melted the butter. Pls do not do that. and after mixing the flour and the wet mixture and the dry mixture i folded the dough with a spatula. That gave the thick consistency.
Followed the recipe exactly (well maybe a bit more anise extract) and these are the best ever.
Just awesome!!! Although I did change a couple of things: doubled the anise extract and used crushed pecans. I also only made 2 large strips but will definitely make 4 strips next time as the recipe states. Can't wait to make them again!
This is an outstanding recipe: the first biscotti I've made that isn't so hard as to break your teeth. Crisp, but not too hard. What worked really well for me was to chill the dough overnight. Still used some flour to make the roll, but much easier to work with chilled.
Love these. Because my husband is a diabetic, I did this recipe with 1 3/4 cup splenda and 1/4 cup sugar. Other than that, I followed exactly. Excellent! I like the idea of experimenting with the dough and ingredients too. Next time I will substitute anisette for the brandy for a more intense licorice flavor. I also copied one of the reviewers idea of standing the cut biscotti on their bottoms while they bake so there is no need to turn them. Thank you so much for sharing. Great recipe.
Yum! I used creme d'cacao liquer, added white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, then drizzled the baked biscotti with more white chocolate. One thing - I had to bake these much longer than listed in order to get a good crunch on the cookie.
The first time I tried this the loaves were hard to cut because when the knife hit an almond, they crumbled. Solution? I just chop the nuts before I put them in the batter! PERFECT! If you like licorice, use Anisette or Ouzo instead of Brandy.
Delicious. I've made this using milk instead of brandy, I've added mini chocolate chips to the dough, and I've doubled the vanilla... It's a great recipe that's held up to all these little changes and is fantastic in it's original form.
I was hungry for almond biscotti, so I TRIPLED the almonds to three cups of whole almonds, and that wasn't too much. The whole almonds slice nicely and look very appealing (to me, anyway). I used Amaretto in place of the brandy. TIPS: - The loaves spread a lot during baking. My loaves ran together. (I just cut them apart as soon as they can out of the oven and it was no problem.) The slices ended up traditional size, but if you want smaller I'd suggest 6 loaves on 3 pans. The wet-fingertip loaf smoothing worked nicely. - As the recipe states, cool completely before cutting into slices so they don't crumble. - After the suggested time for the second baking my cookies weren't close to crisp, so I turned the oven off and left them in to dry out. They turned out just right.
This recipe was so easy to complete and sooo good to eat! I dipped the finished biscotti in a chocolate mixture and added crushed almonds to some of them -- no one believed I made them myself they looked and tasted so good! Thanks!
These are my favorite biscotti's. Just the perfect amount of anise for my tastebuds! The first batch I made just as the directions said. I've started playing with it now and I love to dip them in chocolate! To store then I wrapped them individualy in plastic wrap. They also freeze great!
This biscotti recipe is delicious, and it cut very easily. I didn't have any brandy on hand so I substituted Amaretto DiSaronno in its place, and it was divine. I've never been a big anise fan but this recipe is delicious.
This recipe was my first attempt at biscotti. Didn’t have any brandy so I used kahlua. No almonds (we are not big almond fans) but wow was this easy breezy. They plumped more than I expected so next time I will down size the loaf and make three instead of two. Son’s latest GF said oh wow this is so way better then starbucks’. She gave them a 10 son was to into eating them so say. Hubby said good cookies hun what made you make them into planks? I love my man. I just said easy to dip in your coffee that way hun. I will make them again and again. Thank you Laria for a wonderful recipe and grate directions.
Excellent! Have tried many biscotti recipes this is one of the best!
I followed this recipe exactly. Baking time and all. Do not be tempted to add flour or bake longer. Due to my own preference of not liking anise seed I did omit them. Make sure your fingers are moistened in forming the dough logs. My mother in law, an old school italian said they were perfect, just like the "old days". Thirty years I can't count on one hand that she thought I got it right!!!! Yummy!
I found the logs spread out and became flat thereby burning the bottoms. Tried several times and always same result. Don't know if should cut down on liquid. 1
My first attempt at biscotti and this is a winner!
Fabulous and easy recipe - I didn't use the brandy, but substituted lemon juice instead. Also used poppy seeds instead of aniseed (cupboard was bare!) and the end result was FANTASTIC!! Thanks so much for this crowd-pleaser!!
I decided to soak the anise seeds in a 1/3 cup of grand marnier for about 20 minutes. (while I went to the store) and I also added a little amaretto. Very easy and very delicious! This one gets passed along!
I had older Italian American women in my Parish asking for this recipe. It is hands down the best Anise Biscotti I have made. I used Star Anise Seed ground up instead of the Anise Seed. I find it adds a richer flavor without the seeds that can hurt people.
These were a big hit! My girlfriends loved them, especially since I served them while still a little warm. They were perfect dipped in my steamed milk. I made them without any brandy, but they were still delicious. I had to toast them twice as long after baking as the recipe recommends, but I will be making them again. Maybe with some drizzled chocolate as a finishing touch.
Sooo good! My first try at making biscotti and it is easy and delicious. I didn't want to vary from the recipe but didn't have brandy so used Peach Schnapps - no problem. I used a serrated bread knife that worked well - no broken cookies. I have already decided that these will be in my holiday baking for gifts list.
We all enjoyed these biscotti. The instruction was easy to follow and a total success. I already made this several times and will make more to give as a gift during the Xmas season. Well deserved the five-star rating, congratulations!
They came out perfect. Also freeze very well.
I used this recipe the first time I tried to make biscotti. I'm no baker, but these came out perfectly. My friends and coworkers loved them with their morning coffee. Thanks for the recipe!
This cookie is excellent! I didn't have anise seed or oil so I filled a tablespoon with anise extract alsmost to the top until I ran out. I topped it off with almond extract and threw that in. Taking the advice of another reviewer I also doubled the vanilla. The logs are really easy to work with as long as you wet your hands with cold water. I've tried 4 other biscotti recipes from this site and have to say that this one is definitely best. The brandy is a nice plus. This is a keeper!
This biscotti recipe was great - my Italian friend said it tasted just like his Zia makes! I used almond extract instead of anise. I thought that it tasted a little salty - I used unsalted almonds so I'm not sure why. Thanks for sharing!
This is the only recipe on allrecipes I've come across with a complete 5-star rating - and it deserves it! The flavor and texture of these is delicious, and it's easy to make. I didn't have any anise seed or extract, so I substituted sambuca for the anise extract and also used 1/2 brandy/1/2 sambuca, instead of 100% brandy. The dough tastes and smells like Christmas. The recipe says to put two loafs on each cookie sheet, but if you do that, they're very small (certainly not the size illustrated). You might want to only make 2-3 loaves total.
this recipe tops any biscotti that i have tried, i started using this one for the last two holiday seasons and can't seem to have enough on hand. they dissappear!? anyway double the quantity this time around.
Wonderful! I enjoy a stronger anise flavor so I doubled the anise extract and seed. I also added half again as many almonds since that was my husband's request.
You have to bake the cookies 3 times, which makes it a little time consuming, but it's worth it for what you get. I made this just as the recipe states, and it was perfect. I brought them to my Women's Club welcome tea, and one of the ladies was stuffing her pocketbook with them. She called me the next day to say how wonderful they were, and how much she was enjoying them. At first I could not find anise seeds, but a new up scale grocery store opened, and they carried them.
De-lish!! I had fun with another variety..I had no brandy, I used Gran Marnier. I love ginger so my 'wet' bowl was GM, jarred ground ginger paste and orange extract. My add in was candied ginger, candied orange and almonds. Easy to follow recipe directions.
I have made biscotti before but this recipe is the best by far, everyone wants the recipe. Very easy to make and the recipe can make be modified to your taste. Excellent!!!
Great recipe! This is the true Italian biscotti I have known and loved. Flavor variations on this recipe are endless. Substituting lemon juice and lemon extract for anise extract (keep or omit the brandy), zest for seeds, and 2 cups of craisins for the almonds makes a great twist for those not fond of the licorice flavor.
Excellent recipe! I did not add the anise seed. I will find some next time I make this. Definitely a keeper! I drizzled them with semi-sweet chocolate. I made them for holiday gifts. Hard to keep my hands off them. I will save a "few" for me.
These are so good!! These will definitely be on my regular bakin list and will be terrific for giving as gifts! I didn't have brandy so I used orange juice and an extra 1/2 tsp vanilla. They are light, crispy, and have excellent anise flavor. I think this recipe coul be easily converted to have any favors you would want in a biscotti.
I've used this twice and it is delicious. I'm being asked to make more. I'm not sure about kid friendly since I don't have any. What fun!!!
my first try making biscotti. I was determined to have almond ones, so I substituted Amaretto for the Brandy, almond extract for the anise extract and poppy seeds for anise seeds. It was fantastic and didn't last the weekend (and then I bought anise for next time)
These are really good... I used almond extract instead, but next time I'll try the spices like others suggested... You dip them in coffee and they melt in your mouth... definitely a keeper...
I did like this recipe a lot. I didn't have some of the ingredients like anise flavor or the seeds (lol) but I made them anyway. I added 1/2 cup of brandy and also drizzled brandy flavor chocolate over them when they were done. There were a big hit. I think I will use this recipe as a base for other varaitions. As others mentioned, I had to bake them for 15 min on each side to get the really crunchy texture. Other than that, great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.
Help me! I can not stop eating these. They are perfect! I follow the recipe exactly and they turn out great every time. I found the cooking times to be just right. I wouldn't bake them any longer than recommended. I wonder if humidity makes a big difference? I live in a pretty dry climate. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.
Made these for Christmas 2008. A runaway hit and my new favorite cookie! I can't tell you how good they were -- better than the expensive biscotti cookies at my local Venti-guzzling coffee shop! The brandy made the difference! Also, be sure to use anise oil instead of extract. Perfect tasting and easy!
Wow, delicious!!! I made these in hopes of mailing some as a gift. Didn't have brandy or anise extract so used milk and almond extract. They taste great! The only problems I had were being patient enough to let them cool (before cutting into sections)and not eating them before mailing some. Guess I will be making more batches soon.
I have made this recipe 3 times to date and even when I over cooked them, everyone who has one thinks they are the best. They are easy to make, very flavorful and make a hit every time. Thank you for posting it.
These are delicious!! I made a few changes: substituted almond for anise extract, added some orange zest and Triple Sec instead of plain brandy. Thank you so much for this recipe!
These are FABULOUS and so EASY to make. Makes are large batch too! I used an orange liqueur since I didn't have any brandy. I melted chocolate chips on the stovetop and then drizzled over each cookie. SO Good!!
Excellent! I doubled the anise extract as I didn't have anise seed. This cookie has a great texture that isn't hard to bite. It needs to be baked a little longer than 20 minutes after slicing. I will make this again, but will be sure to have anise seed on hand; as, I'm sure it would be even more flavorful.
I must say this is very good recipe my two year old just loved them.I cut the recipe in half i used milk in place of the brandy and it called for only 3/4 teaspoon of anise extract and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract i added 2 1/2 teaspoons of anise extract and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. They came out bland for my taste but i do love the flavor of anise and will add more the next time i make these.For anyone who wants to try and make these this is a great base recipe i suggest you give it a try. The texture of the cookie is nice and crunchy just tweak the flavoring to fit your taste. The best part about this Recipe is you can put just about anything you like into it just get creative.
This recipe is the BEST!!!
I did not make this recipe, but I used my mom's recipe from long ago--very similar. I screwed everything up. They fell apart when I cut them; some burned, I did not push down on them. OH my. I advice any newcomers to biscotti to watch any of the wonderful videos on the internet. I did it too late, but I will try again!!!
Made these for baskets we gave out for Christmas. No one could believe they were homemade. Now we make them every year.
very easy.. These keep for about 2 weeks and I love to take them to work and leave by coffee pot to share. You can dip in Choc. to chande the flavor a bit. I love these and try to always have them in the house.
I made these into Almond-Lovers' Biscotti by substituting amaretto for the brandy, almond extract for the anise extract, and ground almonds for the anise seeds. Turned out lovely, but be warned, using sweet liqueur results in a super-sweet biscotti. It was easy to ameliorate the sweetness problem by dipping the biscotti in extra-dark (63%) chocolate.
These are time consuming, but absoutely worth the effort. We all loved them!
This is an excellent biscotti recipe. Nice crumb, great texture! I used Kahlua, fresh hazelnuts and hazelnut extract in one recipe. Another anise seeds and Pernod (didn't have anise extract on hand) Might try orange zest with white chocolate chips in another. Thank you for this recipe!
I love these! I have made them several times now, and they are delicious! The anise flavor is great! I didn´t change a thing!
These are great biscotti. The only changes I made were I added some dried cherries and then drizzled them with white chocolate. yum.
This was a great recipe, and I will make it again! Love the slight anise taste.
Always a crowd pleaser! I dip one side in melted andes candies mints - it is delicious.
This is the best biscotti recipe I've tried. I add a little more anise extract. I think the brandy really makes this recipe.. it's subtle but really rounds out the flavor.
Just made this recipe last night for a brunch potluck for my husband. They are sooo good...This morning I got a call from him asking where I got the recipe, the girls at the office loved them! Thank You!
I Like to take this recipe and dip the ends in melted chocolate once they are cooled
These were outstanding. We like a lot of flavor so we increased the anise extract and seeds by 50%. Just excellent!!!
Thanks to the original recipe writer and all the reviewers because the whole allrecipes community helped me make knock-out biscottis for my boyfriend's dad's 62nd birthday party. The changes I did were as follows: doubled the almonds (might do even more next time) and added them to the flour mixture. Used heavy whipping cream instead of brandy. For the anise extract I used 2 tsp and then added 1 tsp of almond extract. I didn't quite double the anise seed but I will next time. All in all everyone loved them as am I right now with my morning coffee-Mangia!
I made these for a benefit bake sale. Packaged individually in snack bags with identifying labels made on the computer made them attractive, easy to sell and; of course, delicious.
Excellent Biscottis I used cream and almond extract instead of anise. The dough will be VERY sticky. I was afraid it was too sticky, but it turned out beautiful. Thanks!
Light & delicious..My tips make this recipe a breeze. I added dry roasted unsalted almonds. Give them a rough chop and add with the flour. I also oiled my hands a bit with olive oil to avoid the dough from sticking to me!
it is very easy to make and they taste very good
This was absolutely outstanding! This was my first attempt at biscotti. It is 5 star all the way. Since I had never made it before I was hesitant to make any changes. I have never kept brandy on hand before and I forgot to buy some when I was out. I had 1/3 of a cup of Jack Daniels. I know it is an entirely different taste but these turned out perfectly. I drizzled it with Ghiradelli bitter sweet chocolate and served to guests tongiht who ended up not only taking some biscotti home, but the recipe and some of my Anise seed to make it herself! YUMMY! Nothing will ever go as well with my morning coffee again. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
Perfect as is! Scented the house with a divine aroma while baking. My young adult sons also love them!
Tasted good, but mine was super crumbly, definitely not my favorite biscotti.