These Italian cookies are made without butter or oil and are twice baked to crisp perfection. Try Almond Biscotti, Cherry Espresso Biscotti, Mexican Chocolate Biscotti, and Rum-Soaked Raisin Biscotti.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr
Makes about 40


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add dates and pecans and beat until combined.

  • Divide dough in half and transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Form each half into a 2 1/2-inch-wide, 3/4-inch-tall log. Bake until dough is firm but gives slightly when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack, 20 minutes.

  • With a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal and arrange, cut side down, on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake until biscotti are crisp and golden, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets and flipping biscotti halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

The dough can be sticky, so lightly flour your hands or coat them with cooking spray before shaping it into logs. Making the logs as uniform as possible ensures even baking.

Store in an airtight container, up to 2 days, or freeze, up to 3 months.

Reviews (3)

32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
From what I’ve seen of other biscotti recipes the flour should be 2 cups, I made the recipe as written and the dough was too dry to come together. Tried to rescue it by increasing everything by a third. I believe that if you start with 2 cups of flour instead the recipe should work just fine.
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Why won't this site allow me to change the rating. It's not a 4-star. I am being generous to give it 1 star. In addition the 34 alleged 4-star reviews show no comments.
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Something is missing in this recipe. No fat or liquid except 3 eggs and vanilla. The mixture simply did not come together. I had to add some oil to be able to form it. The cookies tended to break up when I sliced them. The flavor was OK.