Cantuccini AKA Almond Biscotti
Cantuccini AKA Almond Biscotti: A terrific accompaniment to your cup of coffee or tea, these twice-baked cookies hail from Tuscany.
Cantucci make wonderful hostess gifts and keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months!
Why You’ll Love this Almond Biscotti Recipe
- This recipe comes from Nick Malgieri, one of my baking gurus. So I’m always delighted to find one of his recipes selected for Tuesdays with Dorie. This week’s pick was Cantuccini, a simple almond biscotti.
- These twice-baked cookies were flavored with vanilla and just a touch of cinnamon. A perfect dunking cookie.
- They’re perfect to have on hand for guests. Malgieri recommended vin santo, an Italian dessert wine, but coffee or tea will work splendidly, too.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference Between Cantucci and Biscotti?
The terms are interchangeable. Biscotti are twice-baked cookies. Cantucci is not always twice-baked and the words cantucci or cantuccini (little cantucci) are often used when nontraditional ingredients are added to biscotti.
What Do You Dunk Cantucci In?
Vin Santo, a sweet Italian dessert wine, is often used for dunking cantucci. Coffee, tea, or even milk are other options.
How Long Do Biscotti Last?
Biscotti will keep well for up to 2 weeks in an airtight tin. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months if kept airtight.
Tips for Making Almond Biscotti
- I cut this cantuccini recipe in half when I realized it yielded 8 dozen. No one in my household will eat nuts except me, so I saw no reason to have a lifetime supply of almond biscotti at my disposal.
- Malgieri’s notes stated that the dough might appear dry, but mine actually needed extra flour as it adhered to my hands while I attempted to knead it. That may have been due to my inaccurate measurement of half of an egg. But, no worries, they baked up just fine.
- PRO-Tip: Use a serrated knife to slice your biscotti. A sawing motion works best.
- PRO-Tip: Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing. If the log is too hot, it will crumble, and if too cold, it will be extremely hard to slice.
- Slice at a slight angle for a nice presentation.
- Cool on a rack completely before eating (or drizzling with chocolate).
- I added some white chocolate drizzle just for fun…and sent most of them home with my coffee drinking son after he stopped by for dinner on Sunday night. Not sure he will eat nuts, but he has hungry friends who love home-baked treats.
You May Also Like:
- Cherry Pistachio Biscotti
- Gingerbread Biscotti
- Vanilla Bean Scones
- Raspberry Scones
- Plus More of My Best Cookie Recipes to accompany to your coffee or tea.
Cantuccini AKA Almond Biscotti
A Tuscan Biscotti with almonds that's perfect with a cup of coffee or tea
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) whole unblanched almonds
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon, Stir in the almonds.
- In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the vanilla then use a rubber spatula to stir into the dry ingredients until a stiff dough forms.
- Place the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it in half. Roll each half under the palms of your hands into a cylinder a little shorter than your baking sheet. Place the logs of dough on the baking sheet, leaving space between them and also from the sides of the pan.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes The logs are done when risen, almost doubled in size and when pressed with fingertip they feel firm. Place the pan on a rack and let the logs cool completely.
- Place one of the cooled logs on a cutting board and cut it diagonally into slices 1/3-inch thick. Arrange the biscotti on the prepared pans, cut side down. Bake the biscotti for about 15 or 20 minutes or until they are well toasted. Cool the pan on a rack.
- Store the cooled biscotti between sheets of parchment in a covered, airtight container
These keep well at room temperature for up to 2 weeks if kept airtight. They'll freeze well for up to 3 months.
Serving Size:2 biscotti
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
43 Comments on “Cantuccini AKA Almond Biscotti”
These babes are just the right thing for my family specially with this white chocolate mouth watering on top of it. I hope I can exercise as much as you are… somehow I always do not have the time!!!! couch potato 🙁
Absolutely beautiful! And that white chocolate drizzle puts these simple treats over the top! Well done, my friend. 🙂
I hope to make these this weekend. (was sick last week)
So it’s exercise an hour a day and eat cookies? I’m writing that down next to the recipe for these biscotti. 🙂 8 dozen of these beauties is probably 314 days on the treadmill.
Me like these!
Eight dozen! That’s catering quantities. I love nuts and I also love biscotti. This biscotti looks really good and I love the drizzle of icing. We seem to have grown up living parallel lives – my father was (is) also an exercise enthusiast and he instilled in us from a young age the importance of daily exercise. My father is 76 and still goes for a daily jog! How exciting about your son’s 21st. Is he having a big party? Do they do big parties for 21sts in the US? It’s a very big thing here although a lot of parents say, ‘Do you want the money or the party?’ Mine are the party type! xx
I was always wondering how do you keep in shape with all those delicious recipes you cook and bake 🙂 Now I know… by working out! It is the best way to be able to eat some of the things that make you happy and take care of your body! You are a great example to all of us!
You already know from my blog that I love biscotti, these are beautiful and I can see how well they would pair with the coffee or tea or even the libation! I adore the simple flavours in this recipe too, I’m sure it helps each one stand on its own and rise to the occasion.
Congratulations on the Liebster award, it was so lovely to read about you your answers to Cailee’s questions. I’ve often wondered if you were just naturally skinny or had to work at it and I suspect it’s a little of both but diligence is definitely there! Lucky you. I too am a lover of salty things and would rather not have them in the house to prevent the triggers too.
That drizzle looks great! Maybe I’ll squiggle a little dark chocolate over my leftovers.
Wow–you workout a ton! I’m trying to get back into running a few miles a couple times a week to compliment what I do with my trainer. So hard for me to motivate though…I just got a new pair of running shoes to try and get the spark going…
Beautiful, Liz! The drizzle looks like a perfect additional. 🙂
Your biscotti are so pretty! Congrats on the nomination!
Lizzy, thanks for sharing the Cantucci recipe from Nick Malgieri! You did an amazing job with it…totally super perfect; love the drizzle on it, and your photos seem to be larger…or is it my computer?…Beautiful presentation, as well!
If I didn’t know any better…weren’t the Liebster awards being presented at least 4 years ago?…is it going around again? You’re such a good sport, and are so gracious to be answering all these questions. Even if you didn’t do all those exercises…you would still be a ‘skinny chick’…that is your metabolism my sweet friend; just like Lora’s (…and I envy you both; LOL)
i haven;t made biscotti in forever it seems. you are reminding me of how much i love it! Love your almond version. delicious!
I love your drizzle addition!
I LOVE biscotti and yours looks and sounds delicious! Oh, I so enjoyed reading your Liebster Award Q and As …. now I think I know how you stay so skinny ;)!!! Exercise and moderation have to get worked into my routine – eek! Conrats on the award – you sure deserve it!
This would be really a great treat with a glass of wine 😀
I have a biscotti recipe I’ve made a ton of different ways but it hasn’t made it to the blog yet… Yours looks great:@)
The perfect compliment to a hot chocolate or coffee!
Beautifully presented as always! I couldn’t believe the recipe made 8 dozen!! I too was going to cut the recipe in half, until I went for the eggs and found I only had one. Made a third recipe instead – turned out perfect. My dough was on the wet side as well. Looking forward to your lefse post!
This biscotti looks great! Perfect coffee food! 🙂
And congrats on the Liebster award. I enjoyed reading your answers. 🙂
Beautiful biscotti, I love the white chocolate drizzle. These would be perfect with my morning espresso!