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


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

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


  • 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