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Cornmeal Biscotti with Dates and Almonds

This biscotti can be stored up to two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Cornmeal Biscotti with Dates and Almonds

Source: Holiday Party Foods 2003, Special Issue Holiday 2003


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until well combined; beat in orange extract and zest. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined. Beat in dates, almonds, and anise.

  3. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; using your hands, pat into a slightly flattened log, about 15 by 4 inches. Bake until firm and lightly browned, and top is slightly cracked, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes.

  4. Transfer to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut log crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange on a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until slices are just turning brown around the edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Reviews (7)

  • biscottifelice 7 Apr, 2013

    biscotti are really cantucci - no butter fat or oil should be used as they were made for dipping into drinks like vino santo or coffee...fats leave a nasty residue in the liquid!

  • prettymermaid 5 Jan, 2012

    I've made this today. It tastes really good with good anise flavor. I've substituted the orange extract with fresh orange juice. I've found that the texture is quite friable. Do I do anything wrong? Thanks for the answer.

  • mykele 28 May, 2010

    I can't believe that this recipe is another repeat.....I made this recipe in 2008
    and made comments..............they are really good and for those who like
    anise...mmmmmm good and so easy to make. Mykele

  • czyne 17 Jan, 2009

    The cornmeal adds a wonderful texture!

  • tinadunlap 29 Dec, 2008

    why the cornmeal?

  • mykele 26 Dec, 2008

    Actually I will use a cup of chopped toasted hazlenuts instead of almonds

  • mykele 26 Dec, 2008

    This recipe got me for sure when I saw the anise seed. I love the anise
    flavor in an herbal bread I make this time of year so I will surely be making
    this recipe this weekend. To those who have not made biscotti try it
    and enjoy...............mykele

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