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Easy Biscotti recipe

Yield Makes 14 biscotti 1x
Prep: 40 minutesCook: 35 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes

Crunchy twice-baked Orange Almond Biscotti. 


  • 175 grams (1 and 1/4 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 135 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 large orange (or 2 small ones), finely grated
  • 95 grams (1/2 cup) whole almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Line a large baking tray or cookie sheet with baking or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, orange zest and almonds. Stir briefly.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until a sticky cookie dough forms. It may seem dry at first but just keep stirring, or use your hands to bring the dough together.
  4. Lightly flour your bench. Divide the dough into two. Then shape the dough into two even logs, roughly 20 cm / 8-inches long and 7.5 cm / 3-inches wide.
  5. Carefully transfer logs to prepared trays, ensuring they are not touching each other. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove biscuits from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Turn the oven down to 160 C (320 F) standard / 140 C (285 F) fan-forced.
  7. Use a serrated knife to carefully slice the biscuits diagonally, approximately 1.5 cm / 1-inch wide. Arrange Biscotti (sides facing up) on baking tray lined with a new piece of baking or parchment paper.
  8. Bake Biscotti again for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool completely. 


Brown sugar: I tested this recipe with caster sugar and brown sugar. Both work well. I prefer brown sugar for colour, flavour and moisture, but for a crispier cookie, you can use 150 grams (3/4 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar instead. 

Almonds: You can use toasted or raw almonds.

Flavours: You can use this recipe as a base Biscotti recipe and customise the flavours. Other mix-in ideas include pistachios, lemon zest, dried cranberries or cherries, hazelnuts and chocolate chips.

Storage: Once cooled, keep Biscotti in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 biscotti Calories: 133 Sugar: 9.7 g Sodium: 34.3 mg Fat: 4.2 g Carbohydrates: 20.8 g Protein: 3.6 g Cholesterol: 26.6 mg
Nutrition information is a guide only.
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: BiscuitsCuisine: Italian
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