Holiday Biscotti Recipe

by Travis Loncar on November 29, 2011

Hey there, new visitors and Penn Mac faithful! We hope you had a tremendous Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Here at the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, we’re thankful for many things – you, our fans and customers, being right at the top of the list. Thanks for sharing our true passion for Italian food and allowing us to be your provider! We enjoy every minute of it! Anyways, it is indeed the holiday season – a time that brings about high spirits, gifts a many, and delicious holiday gourmet dishes. Today, we’ll provide you with a little holiday cheer in the form of popular biscotti recipe. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

holiday biscotti recipe


Ingredients & Directions – All in One!

If you’re unfamiliar with biscotti, the short definition is “twice-baked biscuits” – sometimes known as ‘cantuccini’. If you’re looking to try some (before you make it yourself), our Cantuccini Alla Mandorla is a great place to start. If you’re ready to get baking, the ingredients are as follows:

  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (typically walnuts or almonds)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed anise seed
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 eggs (remove shell for use)

To begin, remove the shells from your eggs and beat them in a bowl until you’ve obtained a reasonably thick yolk solution. Add the sugar, vegetable oil, and crushed anise seed as you continue the beating process. In the mean time, have your favorite cooking partner combine the flour, salt, and baking soda and then add the mixture to your egg substance. Beat until you have a nice thick mixture, and then add the chopped nuts.

italian biscotti


Phew! That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now it’s time to lay things out and get cookin’! Get out your favorite cooking board and cover it with a thin layer of flour. With your dough, form loaves that are roughly 1/2 inch thick and 2 1/2 inches wide. The length will be dependent upon the length of your baking sheet, as you want the loaves to cover that length entirely. Okay, now it’s time to start baking. Grease up some baking sheets, transfer your loaves, and bake for roughly 18-22 minutes at 375˚. When your timer goes off, remove the loaves from the oven and let them cool for 3 or so minutes. We’re not done, yet! Remember, these are twice-baked biscuits, not once-baked! Once cool, slice your loaves into 1 inch pieces and flip them cut-side-down on your baking sheet. Bake for another 8-12 minutes at the same heat. Now, you’re done!

This recipe typically yields around 45-50 pieces of biscotti – a great appetizer or midday snack for your friends and relatives staying for the holiday. There’s nothing like a delicious Italian recipe to get the season started right! We hope you enjoy!

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