With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share another favorite family recipe.

This biscotti recipe comes from my great-grandmother. Recipes that come from great-grandmothers rock. This recipe is so comforting to me and always reminds me of home and family. They are so simple, but are always a favorite in the house during the holidays. Some people like to get really creative with different biscotti flavors, but my favorite is always the more plain, traditional version.

While we make our Italian Biscuit cookies every Easter, we make biscotti for every holiday. I love biscotti because it is not very sweet. We like to sit around the table and dip them in our coffee for dessert after spending a long day in the kitchen cooking. It’s also possible that they make a great breakfast with your morning coffee…

This post is dedicated to two of my favorite moms. The best mommy and grandma a girl could ask for! Happy Mother’s Day Mom and Grandma! Thank you for teaching me all of these fantastic recipes that I will be sure to carry forward for years to come!

And I hope all you other moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day as well!


Yield: approx. 2 dozen



This classic Italian cookie is a family favorite recipe perfect for holidays and family gatherings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar + 2 tbs.
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or anise extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup almonds (sliced lengthwise in 2 or 3 pieces)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs until fluffy, add the sugar and continue to beat well. Add the oil and vanilla or anise. Make a well with the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Combine until a soft dough forms. If the dough feels too soft, you can add more flour. My mom says “should feel like your earlobe when you pinch it” (Um, Mom, wtf?!).
  4. Rub some oil on your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Form the dough into about 4 to 5 pieces and shape into ovals of dough. Flatten them a little. Add to the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins. until the bottom is golden brown.
  5. Cut IMMEDIATELY into slices while the dough is hot. Use a sharp knife and cut slowly to prevent breaking. Put the slices back into the over for 5-10 mins. or until lightly browned. Turn over and bake for another 5-10 mins. to brown the other side.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183




  1. Grandma recipes are truly the best! So glad you shared this recipe :)

  2. Hi,

    When its done, what sort of texture and firmness should I be looking for.

    • Kahthan, when they are done, they should be firm to the touch. They will harden a little bit more as they cool. As for the texture, they are not a soft cookie, but are not super crunchy either. They have a very crumbly texture. I hope that helps!

  3. Obviously, your grandmother does have a treasure trove of great recipes. This one does look like a winner with those big chunks of almonds-yum! Enjoy the weekend!

  4. Family recipes are the best! So nice to have a piece of your great-grandmother with you always! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  5. delightful bake-family recipes are a treasure and this goes to prove that

  6. I love biscotti and love giving it as gifts. Yours looks perfect, Stephanie! How nice of you to share a family recipe, too!

  7. Stephanie, what a great salute to your moms … Great Job :-)

  8. I love biscotti too because I can eat them for breakfast totally guilt free!

  9. I wish I had more recipes from my great-grandmothers, but this one looks awesome! Too many biscotti recipes produce rock-hard cookies; these look perfect!

  10. Really beautiful biscotti!! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your mother, grandmother and family. :)

  11. I totally agree; recipes from great-grandmothers are the best :) The biscotti looks beautiful!

  12. I love family recipes, and biscotti just can’t be beat!

  13. Gosh that biscotti looks great. I will have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Hello Stephanie,

    I will try that biscotti for my breakfast. great recipe from your family. happy mother’s day!

  15. Oh Stephanie….your biscotti look so light and crunchy! (Mine can be used as door stops!) Can’t wait to try this! And what a lovely post for the wonderful ladies in your life! Have a GREAT weekend! : )

  16. There’s always something sentimental about family recipes, and it has always been close to my heart. What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day morning with the biscotti.. have a good weekend!! xoxo

  17. Looks delicious and beautiful. Thank you for sharing and wishing your family recipe!

  18. family recipes are the best way to celebrate family holidays!
    Happy Mother’s day Stephanie!

  19. Classic and delicious!!! Perfect to have with my cup of tea :)

  20. Happy mother’s day to all sweet mommies! This is such a beautiful tgreat for this special day!

  21. Your family obviously has a history of wonderful chefs – this biscotti looks super delicious for the occasion :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. Oh how yumy!! I can only imagine how good this would be

  23. I love family recipes – you can always count on them. I have never made biscotti before but I would love to try your recipe. They look amazing!

  24. Don’t yell, i’ve never had biscotti :'( . But I’ve heard rumours that they’re heaven with coffee

  25. Hand-me-down recipes are always good! This biscotti is no exception – look fantastic =)

  26. I’ve been looking for a good biscotti recipe for ages, this looks perfect! Thank you for sharing :)

  27. I just saw this picture on Foodgawker and couln’t stop appreciating!! The recipe is great and I am determined to try this now!!!

  28. I wish I had my great grandmother’s recipes, that’s so special! I love knowing I have my mom’s recipes well-documented to pass on through the generations. And I love biscotti – thanks for reminding me I need to actually make some, for some reason it’s something I’ve never made myself!

  29. This almond biscotti looks lovely Stephanie and how amazing that the recipe came from your great-grandmother! That’s so precious…

  30. I’ve only tried biscotti once before. I was surprised at how easy it is to make though. I’ll have to try this on next… because recipes that come from great-grandmothers DO rock. :)

  31. Grandma’s recipes are always perfect. This one I’m sure is special. Thanks for sharing, Steph! :)

  32. I tried to make biscotti once and it was a horrible mess and ended up in the trash. Your recipe seems easy and delish though! I love family recipes, they are always the best if they stand the test of time. Hope you had a nice weekend!

  33. I love recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. They really are the best! I love biscotti and these look so yummy!

  34. Wow these look awesome! I probably shouldn’t, but I def think I’m going to have to give these a try! thanks for the idea.

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