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Cardamom Almond Biscotti

These crunchy slices are requested often during the holidays, particularly by my husband. He likes to dunk them in coffee.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped almonds


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cardamom; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in almonds.
  • Divide dough into fourths; shape each portion into a ball. On two greased baking sheets, roll each ball into a 15-in. log (two logs per pan). Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and firm to the touch.
  • Transfer to a cutting board; cut at a 45° angle with a sharp knife into 1/2-in. slices. Place cut side down on greased baking sheets. Bake for 5-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 161 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • gelatomom
    Dec 9, 2013

    My review is actually of the texture of this biscotti. It is by far one of the best biscotti I've ever had. Sometimes the cookie is dry because of the extra baking, but these are just perfect. Since I'm always looking for the best lemon biscotti, I flavored mine with lemon emulsion and lemon zest. I wasn't sure how the cardamom would be received by my family but I will try that next.

  • psassy
    Dec 18, 2012

    I love biscotti and I especially love cardamom and almonds so I was thrilled to find this recipe. I just made a batch of these for Christmas and plan to dip them half way with white melting chocolate.Though the recipe was easy to make, I did have a bit of trouble with the pieces falling apart when I sliced them. I think I will allow for a longer cooling time, maybe a few hours, before trying to slice and bake again.This recipe is a keeper and is going into my favorite holiday recipes cookbook though they would be wonderful any time of year.

  • dollargirl
    Dec 15, 2012

    Delicious! Would recommend chilling dough for about 20 minutes before shaping into logs.

  • JKevin
    Dec 10, 2012

    Light and delicious - very easy to make.

  • Tarain
    Nov 19, 2012

    This is one of my family's favorite cookie recipes. It's absolutely delicious!