Italian Biscotti Al La Syd

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
Recipe by Sydney Mike

The original of this recipe was from Pat Aldighieri & printed in our local newspaper, but I've increased the amount of nuts & cranberries, baked them less to give them a slightly softer texture & serve them as a regular cookie. However, if you want them really crisp, CAREFULLY bake them another 10-15 minutes. My daughter can't leave them alone [as long as they don't have the nuts!] & friends are always asking for the recipe! Your imagination is the only thing limiting the number of variations to this recipe!

Top Review by smellyvegetarian

Wowee, I can make delicious biscotti! Who knew?!? As soon as I smelled the anise in the batter I knew I was in for a treat. I unfortunately didn't use the slivered almonds (accidentally bought whole and didn't have time to chop them), but I don't think the recipe suffered for it. For some reason my batter REALLY spread out in the first 15 minutes, and while I was able to mush it back in the edges got a little brown. I think my butter might have been a bit too soft...but no matter! These taste and look fantastic, they have won the approval of my self-proclaimed biscotti-hating DH, and are now tucked in the freezer for adding to cookie gift baskets. Thanks for posting a keeper, Syd! Made for Healthy Choices ABC--because cookies are healthy for the soul ;)!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix the first 7 ingredients until well blended.
  3. Stir in the flour one cup at a time.
  4. When smooth, mix in cranberries & pistachios.
  5. Pat the dough into a smooth round dome in the mixing bowl, then cut it into quarter sections. Slowly shape each section, patting & rolling it carefully, first into a log, & then into a seamless loaf about 13" long & 4" wide. Place two of the loaves on a 15"x10" baking sheet.
  6. Bake loaves for 45 minutes, checking them every 15 minutes to see if the dough is spreading out & becoming too flat. If it is, reshape the loaf with a spatula.
  7. Remove loaves from the oven & allow them to cool. When cool, cut each loaf into 1" slices & then cut those slices in half. Place the slices back on the baking sheet, STANDING UP & SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER, then bake them for another 10 minutes or so.
  8. Remove cookies from the oven & cool them completely before storing them in an air tight container.

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