Welcome! Here’s an almond biscotti recipe from my Italian family that is so simple and easy to make. If you’re looking for a recipe for biscotti with almonds that is quick and takes 30 minutes start to finish, this is not that recipe.
But, if you’re looking for a classic almond biscotti recipe that is tried and true and produces an authentic almond biscotti that is perfect for dipping in your espresso or coffee, you’ve come to the right place.
About this Almond Biscotti Recipe
Although this recipe uses almond slivers which provide the right balance of almond infusion without having the flavor become overbearing, it is not required.
This almond biscotti recipe uses what is called a double-bake process. That means that the biscotti is baked twice at two different temperatures.
This extra step is what turns a subpar biscotti recipe into a crunchy and hard biscuit that softens instantly as you dip them in your espresso or coffee of choice.
The secret to any biscotti recipe is to achieve that dry texture and keep to traditional ingredients – almonds, sugar, eggs, flour, and well… keep reading I’ll just show you.
A Classic Almond Biscotti Recipe
This classic almond biscotti recipe comes from my Italian in-laws, so it’s the real deal.
I’ll be honest here, I’ve never made another person’s biscotti recipe.
I should for comparison reasons, but this one is one that I love and not sure it can be improved upon.
This recipe will come out perfect for you as long as you follow the instructions (which are very easy!).
This Traditional Almond Biscotti Has Very Sticky Dough
As you can see in the image, the batter used in this recipe for almond biscotti is very sticky and wet. It is not runny, it is just sticky and wet.
I originally didn’t talk about this when I first posted this recipe, but as more people commented on this issue, I’ve updated this post with actual images. They thought the dough was wrong and I must have messed up the portions, but this is not the case.
The sticky batter will make it difficult to work with if you’re expecting the batter to have the consistency and feel of bread or pizza dough.
The dough will turn into a very wet ball which you drop it on a cookie sheet and shape into your two logs which I explain below.
Here’s a video to show it in action:
Create Two Logs for this Classic Almond Biscotti Recipe
Once your biscotti dough is mixed, you will want to make two narrow logs with it. Remember that this recipe for almond biscotti uses very sticky dough, so we literally just drop it on the cookie sheet as best you can.
To shape the biscotti dough into logs, use either a wet spatula or wet hands and just have fun with it.
See my picture below.
Do not attempt to use a single log, it will not cook evenly. Two smaller logs come out much better.
Here’s a picture of my attempt to cut corners and create a single log. It did not turn out well at all, and did not cook evenly. You can from the image tell how wet the biscotti dough is.
Don’t make the almond biscotti logs high in height. If you look at an authentic biscotti, they are not big and tall.
Here’s a picture of a spoon right next to the log – as you can see it’s not much higher.
This Almond Biscotti Recipe Requires Double Baking
After shaping the almond biscotti dough into logs, you bake them in the oven twice. Do not skip this step, follow all the almond biscotti recipe instructions below.
First Biscotti Bake
Bake the biscotti logs at 325F for 30 minutes. This allows the biscotti dough to harden enough so you can slice them.
If you wait until after the second bake, they will be too hard to slice and will crumble. It is critical to slice them after the first 30 minutes.
Second Biscotti Bake
Once you have finished slicing the biscotti, bake them for another 30 minutes.
Third Biscotti Bake
After the 2nd 30 minutes, you need to lower the temperature to 275F and cook for a final 30 minutes.
This lower temperature is crucial for ensuring the biscotti aren’t over-baked and have very little remaining moisture.
Remember, biscotti are meant to be dry!
The above picture is the biscotti in the oven after they are fully baked. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on wire cookie racks.
If you’re ready to skip straight to the step by step instructions:Jump to Almond Biscotti Recipe
Homemade Classic Almond Biscotti
The bottom line with any recipe is that when you make it at home you have full control over the quality of ingredients. It is no different when you choose to make these lovely classic almond biscotti.
You don’t have to worry about high fructose corn syrup, GMO soybean oil (thanks Monsanto – you suck), invert sugar, or other crazy stuff.
You can even go organic with most, if not all, of the ingredients. From organic flour ot organic slivered almonds you can take this Italian almond biscotti recipe and bring it into the 21st century.
In addition, you can also use these homemade treats for making a homemade Italian gift basket for Christmas or other gift giving occasion.
So if you have ever wondered how to make biscotti, now you will know. 🙂
Italian Almond Biscotti Recipe Tips
Here are some tips for making this classic almond biscotti recipe.
Use store-bought slivered almonds, not chopped
I’ve made this recipe enough to know what works and what doesn’t.
First, always use store-bought slivered almonds and never try chopping the almonds.
Trying to slice almonds by hand is near impossible and does not produce consistent widths of the almond slivers.
This negatively impacts cooking and achieving your desired result.
Second, almond biscotti tastes better than plain biscotti
If you choose not to use almonds, perhaps due to an allergy to nuts or you just don’t like almonds, then yes you can omit them from this recipe.
However, the almonds do provide extra depth to the flavor and taste. If you omit them, try turning half the batch into dipped chocolate biscotti which I explain below how to do.
You can easily purchase organic slivered almonds through online stores and have the ingredients delivered to your home.
Do not rush this almond biscotti recipe
Is this Italian recipe for almond biscotti a fast recipe?
No, but it is easy and very simple.
This recipe isn’t the quickest dessert in the world, I understand. It takes time, but it is so well worth it!
Warn guests that biscotti are meant for dipping
Just remember to tell people who aren’t familiar with biscotti to dip them in their coffee, otherwise they may be surprised when they try to take a bit and it’s super hard!
I had this happen with guests and they complained about how hard they were. I wish I had a little sign that said – these are made for dipping in coffee and will soften.
How to Turn Almond Biscotti into Chocolate Dipped Biscotti
If you’d like to make your presentation fancier and even more impressive, try dipping half of your almond biscotti into chocolate.
The best way to do this by purchasing chocolate dipping sauce at the store. I simply dipped each biscotti and let them dry on a drying rack with wax paper underneath to catch the drippings.
Classic Almond Biscotti Recipe
Here's an Almond Biscotti recipe I love to make every Christmas for the holidays. Enjoy this simple Italian biscotti recipe from my kitchen to yours.
- 4 eggs uova
- 3/4 Cup Sugar zucchero
- 2 tsp. vanilla vaniglia
- 2 1/2 Cups sifted flour farina
- 2 tsp. baking powder lievito in polvere
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda lievito soda
- pinch of salt sale
- 3/4 Cup slivered almonds mandorle
Preheat oven to 325°F
Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until creamy and fluffy
In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda
Add in the egg mixture, almonds and vanilla and knead the dough
When done, shape into 1 or 2 logs on a greased baking sheet. Parchment paper is good too and makes for easy clean up.
Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes then remove and slice to size
Return them to the oven and bake for 30 minutes more
Reduce heat to 275°F and bake a final 30 minutes
Serve plain or dip in chocolate and serve
Tip#1 : Cool on cookie racks.
Tip #2: If dipping in chocolate, make life simpler by using store bought chocolate dipping sauce for fruit. Otherwise, melt chocolate chips over the stove with a little bit of milk. But if you use too much milk it will make the biscotti soggy.
Tip #3: These are great for parties or holidays such as Christmas.
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This recipe was originally posted on May 28th, 2016 and updated December 9th, 2022.
I have whole almonds. How much should I put in ?
Hi Jodi, you do not want to use whole almonds. If you can slice them or maybe just chop them real fine that might help. But sliced is the best way to go. I hope they turn out great!
Followed instructions to the letter yet me batter is to wet to form dough. Not sure what to do now.
Hi Amy try adding a bit more flour so you can form them.
Had the same problem as Amy and actually the recipe says twice to add the Vanilla.
Hi Max, did you add more flour and if so did that help?
Me three the recipe was so wet it was ridiculous. No ended up adding one more cup of flour and still too wet. I thought perhaps I didn’t stir the eggs long enough but looked at another tecipe that said becareful to not stir eggs too much.
Hi! The dough for this biscotti recipe IS very wet and should be. It’s a little wetter than a cookie dough. You don’t want it to be like a bread or pizza dough at all.
One tip I use is to dip your spatula or hands in water to help when shaping the logs. The dough will be sticky on your fingers. You want the logs NOT to be high, because they will cook better and according to the time in the recipe when they are lower and thinly sliced.
I think I will update the post with a video and extra images as this appears to be a “Sticky” issue..(pun intended!) LOL. 🙂 I’ll update this thread when I have it completed.
Thanks for commenting!
Cute pun. I did refrigerate the dough, as throwing all organic out didn’t sit well. Then I baked half of it. It wasn’t the dry texture but had a nice flavor. I wouldn’t say it was “simple and easy” but hopefully the video might help
Good luck with it!
Why does it had vanilla twice? Had wet handS and wet spatula and mixture was imposible to work with … Half went to the sink 🙁 – what a waste!
Liz your recipe is AMAZING!!! This has to be the best biscotti I ever made or eaten Definitely my to from now on. Thank you for sharing
I am so glad hear it Linda! Enjoy!
Yes, very sticky but perfect loaves. The first time I’ve made any kind of biscotti that didn’t crack on top. Thank you. One tip. Put a bit of flour on the board when you dump out the dough. How about 2 wide pastry scrappers for forming loaves?
The consistency of the batter is very much like a thicker cake batter that will hold a mound. It will spread while on the sheet. Because it is so messy and wasteful, I have only ever seen it combined with the spoon. I use a spatula to get all the dough off the bowl and shape it on the cookie sheet. If you add too much flour, the cookie will come out too dry, tasteless, and not at all as it is intended. After the first bake the cookies will taste tender and cake-like, it is after the second bake they are dried out, roasted a little, think toast, and get their characteristically dry crunch that sends you back for another, and another…. Last hint, if you want a bigger cookie, cut them on a slant, and voila, the nice big cookies like nonna used to make.
Thanks for sharing a great explanation! I agree, the 2nd bake is critical! And good point with cutting at a slant!
Yes pastry scaraper might work but it will still be messy and sticky so making sure they are wet might help, but I have only ised my hands. My sister in law uses a wet spatula and that seems to help, but it has to be wet. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for sharing!
These are SO hard they could break your teeth if you have any dental issues!
They look beautiful but be careful eating them. Definitely dunk them in your coffee!
Mine came out perfect..i used cashews instead❤😋
Hi Jaylo – I never thought of using cashews, what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing how they turned out, I’m so glad!
I tried this recipe for my first time making any type of biscotti. The recipe was easy to follow and my biscotti turned out perfectly! I did use the wet hands and it was easy to form into the logs. Not a single problem. I do like some chocolate, so I dipped mine in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. It worked perfectly. My family was suspect to start with, then requested a second batch as they got low. This is my forever recipe! Thank you!
I am so glad! It is always exciting when the family goves a big thumbs up!! Thanks for sharing!
Dough was not at all workable . Extremely difficult to work with . Finally added more flour . Loaves came out fine. Tasted just ok . Fine with tea or coffee . Would not use this recipe again though .
Great recipe. My first time making biscotti and they turned out so good. Easy to follow recipe with no complaints!!
That is great Shanna! Thanks for letting me know!
Followed directions exactly. Biscottis have no flavor. Very bland🥺
you mentioned in one comment “You do not want to use whole almonds”, but did not give an explanation why. WHY?
When I’ve used whole almonds they are too hard to eat and are too big and overpowering. They don’t cook the same either. Plus it makes it very hard to slice the biscotti.
This recipe worked very well for me . . thank you for posting! Quick question though . . I made two logs as you suggested. However, my biscotti came out taller than the photo at the top of the recipe on your website. They look more like the picture you provided in the detailed recipe instructions in step 9. Can you possibly tell me what you did differently between those two pictures that caused the finished biscotti to look so different? Thanks! 🙂
Thanks! It was awhile ago but I think it is just the way I cut if and shaped it. Hope that helps and glad you liked the recipe!
Loved this!!! Yummy. Just wet my hands and it shaped well.
So glad you enjoyed it!
First time trying this recipe and had no problem they came out beautiful. I only did one log and then split it in half.
They are a little hard but they are good.
Per farli venire più soffici cosa posso cambiare.
I am very glad you enjoyed them!
It was very sticky but I always wet my hands when a dough is too sticky and I have experienced this before with other biscotti recipes. It was very bland though. I am going to add almond extract next time to see how it comes out.
Hi Anita, adding almond extra will certainly increase the flavor! Of course, you can’t beat dipping them in chocolate either – my favorite! Thanks for commenting!
Has anyone tried other mix ins?
Hi…I am making these Biscotti and I have an electric oven (I need a gas stove) and this is my first time baking in it and it seems the first bake at 325° dried the cookies up somewhat consistently, therefore the 2nd bake I went to 275° and they came out wonderful. I am thinking I am not calibrated right or electric cooks differently than gas…But they are great. Thanks for sharing and quick note I used vanilla as well as almond extract and almond emulsion.
Thank you so much for the comment, I am so glad they turned out! They sound delicious!
I’m gluten intolerant so I had to use gluten free flour to make these, but they still came out great. I thought shaping the sticky dough was hilarious, I don’t know what everyone is complaining about. My husband and I visit Italy a lot and these taste just like biscotti I get there, thank you for sharing your recipe! I tried a different recipe first that was terrible, I’ll definitely be making yours from now on.
Hi Kelly, I’m so glad the gluten free flour came out great for you! Thanks so much for sharing your comments!
i love biscotti and i am going to try these, however i need a bit of clarification: you are using the terms “slivered” and “sliced” almonds interchangeably. They are actually two different things. The pictures look like you are using sliced almonds – thin, flat slices about 1 milimeter thick; slivered almonds are usually blanched (no skin) and cut in long thicker pieces similar to a matchstick about 3-4 milimeters thick on all sides.
Which do you use?
Hi Kathleen – Thanks for pointing that out. I’m not sure I have preference now that I think about it. When I updated the post with newer images last year it looks like I was using slivered (thicker) almonds. Although in the video made a few years prior (plus some original images) it was slivered so I can see the confusion. But honestly, either way would be fine. I don’t remember ever noticing a difference. If you’re still unsure – go with the slices since they are a bit thinner. 😀