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Almond Cherry Biscotti

I love baking all kinds of cookies, but since I'm Italian, biscotti is my all-time favorite. I remember nibbling on these as a child each Christmas.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup halved candied cherries


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla; stir into flour mixture until blended. Stir in almonds and cherries (dough will be crumbly).
  • Divide dough in half; shape into two balls. On an ungreased baking sheet, shape each half into a 10-in. x 2-1/2-in. rectangle.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool for 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a sharp knife into 3/4-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 293 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Mary
    Sep 19, 2020

    Delicious, interesting how dry the mixture was until the cherries were worked in. This was a different recipe than I have used before, cutting in butter as a pastry, interesting...turned out really lovely. I will make again.

  • mira840
    Oct 26, 2015

    Love this recipe, my husband can never get enough

  • basketpam
    Dec 3, 2012

    I've been wondering how this would work with marachino cherries instead of the regular fruit cake fruit. I think if they were dried well before going into the batter it would be fine. I liked it this way but I'm also thinking of dipping part of it into some white chocolate. I like recipes that have a versatilit to them.

  • northview5
    Feb 13, 2012

    Wish I could change those stars! This should be a FIVE STAR recipe, but I clicked on the wrong thing and now my review is stuck with 2 stars. This recipe is incredible. I make it every year and people LOVE it! It's easy to make and so impressive.

  • dcullati
    Jan 9, 2011

    No comment left

  • Laura Leicht
    Feb 10, 2010

    This cookie is absolutely delicious. I didn't have vanilla so I substituted almond extract. There was no problem with texture.

  • debash1
    Dec 30, 2009

    I made these for Christmas. I made 1 batch and my daughter loved them so much I had to make more. Very tasteful and colorful for the holidays!

  • northview5
    Oct 31, 2009

    Our favorite biscotti recipee! We make this one over and over and love it every time. The only thing I do different is to flip the sliced biscotti half way through the baking time.

  • nddenise
    Dec 28, 2008

    I made 4 batches of this in the past few weeks. The first 3 I hand-mixed as the directions imply, and the last I used my mixer. The last was the best result as they were less crumbly and cut much better.They are delicious!