Almond Cherry Biscotti Recipe
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Almond Cherry Biscotti Recipe

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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:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

2 biscotti equals 293 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 176 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla; stir into flour mixture until blended. Stir in almonds and cherries (dough will be crumbly).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Almond Cherry Biscotti in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p64

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Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"Love this recipe, my husband can never get enough"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

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

Reviewed 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!"

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