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Recipe for Biscotti with Almonds

by Lily
almond biscotti with cranberries

Today I’m going to teach you how to make the best recipe for biscotti with almonds. The instructions in the recipe card are for my favorite biscotti- almond biscotti with cranberries. I also have in the recipe card a few other variations that you can make to change things up a bit.

How to Make Biscotti

Biscotti is very easy to make. My friend, Masha, is the person who introduced me to homemade biscotti. I remember thinking that biscotti is one of those fancy recipes, that takes a lot of time to make. Quite the contrary!

Biscotti has a base recipe that is very easy- it’s just olive oil, sugar, flour, eggs, salt, and baking powder. From there you can add different variations.

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Biscotti Base

Some Variations of Recipe for Biscotti

  • sliced almonds, cranberries, and lemon zest (this recipe)
  • whole hazelnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut and sliced almonds
  • pistachios, cranberries and lemon zest (my second favorite recipe)
  • macadamia nuts and lime zest
  • macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips

You get the point. Typically the ratios that work best are 1/2 cup of a sweet and 1 1/2 cups of a nut. You can play around with the ratios for what you like the best.

hazelnut biscotti
Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti Variation

Baking Recipe for Biscotti with Almonds

I typically make a double batch of biscotti and will either freeze half or give some away to friends and family. I have my biscotti in the morning with my famous keto latte. My mother is a big fan of this recipe. If she knows I’m making biscotti, she will ask me to make her a bag to take home.

The key to beautiful biscotti is making one big biscotti log. I wet my hands before shaping the biscotti because the batter is sticky.

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Almond Biscotti Log

Cook the biscotti at 325F for around 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and slice the biscotti. Turn the sliced biscotti on its side and bake in the oven until golden.

hazelnut biscotti recipe
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Where Did Biscotti Originate From?

Biscotti originated in Italy, which is probably why it tastes so good! 

What Does Biscotti Taste Like?

Biscotti tastes like a crunchy cookie.

What Is Biscotti Eaten With?

Biscotti goes well with coffee or espresso drinks. Also, some people eat biscotti with warm tea.

How to Store Biscotti

Biscotti can be frozen! I love freezer-friendly food items. If you plan on eating the biscotti within 1 week, I recommend storing it in a glass container, like this one.

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Recipe for Biscotti with Almonds

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


It’s very easy to make homemade biscotti. This recipe for biscotti with almonds is simple, quick, delicious, and excellent to have with your coffee!



Biscotti Base

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Almond Cranberry

  • 1 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • zest from 1 lemon

Pistachio Cranberry with Lemon Zest

  • 1 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • zest from whole lemon

Chocolate Hazelnut

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Coconut Almond

  • 1 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  1. Heat oven to 300F.
  2. Mix the olive oil and sugar together.
  3. Add in the eggs to the sugar mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Mix well to get the biscotti base.
  6. Add in variation ingredients, i.e. sliced almond, dried cranberries, and lemon zest. Mix with wooden spoon.
  7. Wet hands and shape biscotti mixture into a flat log or elongated oval.
  8. Put in oven for 35 minutes or until cooked through.
  9. Slice biscotti into long sticks.
  10. Lay individually on side on parchment paper
  11. Place back into oven. Monitor closely for pieces to turn golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.


The nutrition facts below are for the cranberry almond biscotti variation.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 209
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 136 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 23 mg

Keywords: biscoti biscotti italian baked dessert coffee baked good

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Niko March 3, 2020 - 1:16 pm


Lilian B. March 5, 2020 - 11:04 am

Thanks Niko

Dalia January 27, 2020 - 9:33 am

The cranberry pistachio version is a family favorite now.

Lilian B. January 28, 2020 - 12:05 pm

Hi Dalia- That’s my favorite version too!

Lindsey January 18, 2020 - 2:47 am

Like the breakdown of how this can be made with different variations. Thanks!

Lilian B. January 24, 2020 - 12:05 am

You bet Lindsey


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