Almond Biscotti With Anise Recipe

These crunchy homemade biscotti (twice-baked Italian cookies) are as classic as they are simple to make.

Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Lightly chopped anise perfumes the dough, elevating the almond aroma.
  • Eggs alone bind and tenderize the dough, making the biscotti sturdy and lean.
  • Attention to detail when shaping and slicing the biscotti will ensure uniform results.

These classic Italian biscotti are lean and crunchy, making the perfect end to a rich meal when dunked in a fortified wine, or a simple mid-afternoon snack when served alongside a strong cup of coffee. Biscotti have an excellent shelf life, so they're ideal for care packages and cookie jars alike.

Recipe Facts



Active: About 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 25 servings

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  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups, spooned; 285g), plus more for dusting

  • 8 3/4 ounces sugar (about 1 1/4 cups; 245g)

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 5 1/4 ounces whole almonds, toasted and roughly chopped (about 1 heaping cup; 150g)

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons whole anise seed, roughly chopped

  • 3 large eggs, straight from the fridge (about 5 1/4 ounces; 150g)

  • 1/2 ounce vanilla extract (about 1 tablespoon; 15g)


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, chopped toasted almonds, and chopped anise seed. Mix on low until homogeneous, then add eggs and vanilla; continue to mix just long enough to form a soft dough.

  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly to bring dough together into a ball, then shape into a roughly 8-inch log. Transfer dough log to a parchment-lined half-sheet pan and continue rolling the log by hand until it is approximately 16 inches long. Gently flatten dough by hand until log is about 4 inches wide and just over 1/2 inch thick (see note).

  3. Bake dough until puffed and firm to the touch and just beginning to brown around the very edges (though still pale overall), about 25 minutes. Cool directly on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and let cool 5 minutes more. While dough is still warm, use a long, thin, and very sharp serrated knife to cut log at a slight angle into about 25 pieces, each just over 1/2 inch wide (see note).

  4. Arrange biscotti, cut sides up, on a parchment-lined baking sheet and continue baking until dry to the touch and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Flip biscotti over and continue baking for another 12 minutes. It's normal for the timing to vary according to the biscotti's size and thickness, as well as differences in oven temperature and airflow, so keep a close eye on them and adjust the bake time as needed.

  5. Cool biscotti to room temperature before serving. If desired, dip in tempered chocolate. With or without chocolate, the biscotti will keep for about 3 months in an airtight container at cool room temperature.

Special equipment

Stand mixer, half-sheet pan, pastry brush, serrated knife


The biscotti dough can be shaped to any length, width, and thickness, then cut to any size, but these details will affect the yield and suggested baking times of this recipe. If you're experimenting with other shapes and sizes, follow the visual and textural cues given here, rather than the specific timetables.

Make-Ahead and Storage

In an airtight container, the biscotti will keep for about 3 months at cool room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
126 Calories
4g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 25
Amount per serving
Calories 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 67mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)