Cantucci almond biscotti recipe

Cantucci almond biscotti recipe

By 13/11/2015

Recently I was given a lovely biscuit tin filled with Cantucci biscuits. I have been munching through them and finished them all far too quickly!

As they were so good I decided to make them at home and the homemade version was so much better, perhaps because they were fresher. What I love about them is that you can store them in an airtight container and they can last for sometime...if you can resist temptation!

Cantucci, originally from Tuscany, are twice-baked crunchy Italian biscuits. They are indeed very moreish. Once you start that's it, you can probably go through all of them. That's the only problem. I love them dipped into my coffee although they should be dipped in Vin Santo, which is a gorgeous dessert wine. So let's get baking!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 17 minutes



On your working top mix the sifted flour with the baking powder. Add 2Β eggs, sugar, vanilla essence, lemon zest and juiceΒ and salt. With a fork mixΒ well all the ingredients.

mixing ingredients

Add the whole almonds and working with your hands make 3 long logs.

rolling pastry

With a fork whisk the egg yolk and brush the logs with it. Cook at 190C or 370FΒ  for 15 minutes.

brushing with egg yolk

Remove from the oven, wait for the pastry to cool for a couple of minutes, then slice the logs about 1 cm thick (use a teatowel to hold the logs as the pastry will still be hot). Lay the biscuits on the baking tray and toast them for about 1 minute each side or until they get a lightly coloured.


Store them in an airtight container for freshness.

Cantucci Italian almond cookies

Almond Cantucci Biscotti

More almond recipes? Check out my Sbrisolona cake, Italian soft raisin cake and Vegetable light pasta with almond flakes.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 2.00 out of 5)

328 Responses to Cantucci almond biscotti recipe

  1. joanna butler-savage

    lovely prize – I love all things italian

  2. Rachel Craig


  3. Rachel Stephenson

    These look good!

  4. Rachel Stephenson


  5. Catherine Harper

    Cinnamon. I love it in both sweet and savoury dishes.

  6. Martina Pichova

    Cinnamon – I use it a lot in baking.

  7. Joanne Hutchings

    I love Rosemary

  8. Kasia


  9. Joanne Beale

    My favourite spice is Nutmeg

  10. Donna B

    My favourite spice is ginger πŸ™‚

  11. Samantha Loughlin

    Such a great idea they look scrumptious xxx

  12. Jennifer Bailey

    As I like spicy food I would have to say chilli powder.

  13. Steven Appleton

    Good old pepper, so versatile!

  14. julie eley


  15. Emilie Curry

    Cinnamon! Mmmmm πŸ™‚

  16. Julie Tift

    My favourite spice is cinnamon, which is surprising for me to admit because until the last year or so I really didn’t want to anywhere near it, but now I can’t buy enough products with it in!

  17. gloria

    I love biscottis πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Bacii !

  18. Kat Glynn

    Ginger πŸ™‚


    love cinnamon

  20. Elaine Savage

    Cinnamon is my favourite spice

  21. janet humphrey

    Love chilli, such a flexible spice

  22. samantha price

    mine is nutmeg

  23. Lara Latchem

    My favorite spice is chilli

  24. Margaret Clarkson

    Cinnamon. I love it, not just with apples but with all fruit dishes and certain pastries.

  25. shaz

    Thanks for recipe for Cantucci almond biscotti. You make it look so easy I’m gonna give it a go this weekend.

    • Alida

      You will see, you will find it easy too. It is such an uncomplicated recipe.Let me know how it goes πŸ˜‰

  26. Cath Joyce

    Paprika is my favourite, it is quite mild but adds colour and flavour

  27. Ruth Pickford

    Lovely Products thank you. My favourite spice is cinnamon x

  28. Debbie Skerten

    My favourite spice is nutmeg x

  29. Amy Blickett

    My favourite spice is cumin

  30. Linda

    These look wonderful. Nothing like having biscotti with a nice cup of coffee.



  32. Iona Cornish


  33. Jess Mandeville

    Cinnamon is my favourite spice

  34. laura stewart

    ginger xx

  35. Heather Haigh

    I really love all spices and don’t really have a favourite, but because it’s so versatile I’ll say cinnamon.

  36. laura banks


  37. Rose Williamson

    My favourite spice is probably cinnamon, I use it everything!

  38. ashleigh allan


  39. Kevin Honey


  40. Claire D

    Saffron for me

  41. Neysa Campo


  42. Katy Leat

    My favourite spices are nutmeg and cinnamon πŸ™‚

  43. Rhonda

    Cinnamon, it’s lovely and sweet.

  44. aj


  45. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    This is a yummy cookie or biscotti. They look so inviting.. I love the way the almonds come through the cookie. A nice cup of coffee or tea sounds good to me ! Thanks for sharing, and good luck to all that are entered. Have a good weekend. Ciao!
    Dottie πŸ™‚

  46. suzanne Drummond


  47. Rebecca Beesley

    these look lovely. I adore Cardamom as my fave spice! Smells heavenly x

  48. jo hutchinson


  49. maria tonseth

    add some candied citron – whowaza

  50. Kerry W


  51. Esma Blackwell

    My favourite spice is Cinnamon

  52. caroline walliss

    I love Cinnamon.x

  53. amy bondoc

    my favourite spice is chilli πŸ™‚

  54. Kate Knight


  55. Jackie ONeill


  56. Claire Grigg

    I use cinnamon alot

  57. Jane Willis

    Cumin – it works in so many different cuisines from all over the world, and I love the flavour of it

  58. Helen Gossage

    Cinnamon, I love it

  59. Catherine Whetton

    Nutmeg πŸ™‚

  60. tracey ryder

    love cinnamon

  61. Mark Finch

    It has to be cinnamon

  62. Becky Yeomans

    Cinnamon! especially this time of year πŸ™‚

  63. Fiona K


  64. Steve Williams

    I like ginger and I would add a little ground ginger to your cantuccini recipe.

  65. Rosie Thomas

    Cinnamon! mmm

  66. Claire Nugent

    My favourite spice is paprika πŸ™‚

  67. Lynn Mitchell

    i love cinnamon the best but nutmeg is a close second

  68. Paul Scotland

    My favourite spice is cumin



  70. Leila Benhamida

    My favourite spice is cumin. Love your recipe.

  71. Lisa Parker


  72. Alison Joyce


  73. Tracey Belcher

    Paprika – love it

  74. Tracey Peach

    Rosemary πŸ™‚

  75. Lorraine Tinsley

    I love cinnamon, I have it in my coffee every day

  76. Iris W


  77. lorraine stone

    Love cinnamon this time of year ~~

  78. Julie Booth


  79. Vivien Taylor


  80. Diane Radford


  81. Ritchie Dee


  82. Lisa Buckley

    Love ginger!

  83. Tracy Horrex

    Cinnamon, always reminds me of Christmas

  84. Kate

    it depends on the season. but this time of the year it’s nutmeg, it makes everything extra Christmasy

  85. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    wow..I wish I could have a slice with my tea now. They are perfect, Alida.
    What’s difference between cantucci and biscotti?

    • Alida

      The word biscotti means cookies that are twice-baked but this is generally used for any type of cookies in Italian. Cantucci are biscotti that come originally from the town of Prato in Toscany.

  86. Hazel Rea

    My favourite is cinnamon.

  87. Sue McCarthy


  88. Kerrie Mckay

    I love cumin. I use it almost every day!

  89. Carolynn Woodland

    Chilli which I add whenever possible

  90. Robyn S

    Ginger is my favourite

  91. Kate Cunningham

    Ginger – like a wee bit of a nip!

  92. elizabeth ferguson

    ginger xx


    I like cinnamon as it makes cakes and buns taste delicious.

  94. Rhia

    Oooh… I love cinnamon (Seems to be a favourite here), but if I’m cooking meat I adore using Ras El Hanout- Moroccan spice mix

  95. Sarah-Jane Laycock

    I love NUTMEG particularly in good old fashioned rock cakes!

  96. Lynne OConnor


  97. C Kennedy

    Paprika is my favourite, it goes with everything!

  98. KATHY D

    Love paprika (not so good to get the stain out of my apron though)

  99. Christine Lockley


  100. Rachael G


  101. Jill Webb

    love cinnamon

  102. Lola Bellouere

    Nutmeg mmm

  103. La cucina di Molly

    Buonissimi i cantucci, ti sono venuti benissimo, sono golosissimi! Un abbraccio e felice weekend!

  104. Sue Harrison

    I love versatile ginger in sweet or savoury dishes

  105. Laura Jeffs


  106. pete c

    got to be cinnamon for me

  107. Louise M

    I β™₯ nutmeg

  108. Sarah Maxfield

    Cinnamon and Nutmeg – makes everything taste like Christmas <3

  109. Gillian Mills

    I use allot of Cinnamon in Christmas backing

  110. kim neville

    I like paprika

  111. Ruth Harwood

    I love using a little mild chilli powder in everything!

  112. claire woods


  113. Darryl Edwards


  114. Francesca

    I love paprika because it adds a smoky flavour to fajitas and a kick to my favourite soups πŸ™‚

  115. Vicki

    Looks delicious

  116. Kali filsell

    I adore cinnamon x

  117. speedy70

    Complimenti Alida, i tuoi cantucci sono perfetti e tanto golosi, bravissima!!!!

  118. amy fidler


  119. Julia Nicholls

    My favourite is smoked paprika

  120. nina kennedy

    Baharat at the moment

  121. Tracy Gladman


  122. Alan Burrows


  123. Liza Park

    I really like Smoked Paprika as it really bring out the flavours in my beef stew and turns my dumplings a lovely rustic red colour.

  124. Jo m Welsh

    I love cinnamon

  125. Lyla Horley


  126. Patricia Avery

    Nutmeg πŸ™‚

  127. LIZZIE E

    I love cinnamon! Especially at this time of year.

  128. Nicki Ramsay

    Cinnamon is my favourite spice.

  129. Jayanthi

    Nice gift and lovely biscotti

  130. frances hopkins

    Cinnamon x

  131. Emily Knight

    Probably cinnamon – I love the flavour and the smell, and the way it can make a place smell so festive at this time of year! πŸ™‚

  132. Louise McGugan

    Cinnomon for the festive season



  134. Karen Weedon


  135. JBM2

    These look fab, got me wanting to make some.

    • Alida

      Thanks they are very easy to make!

  136. JBM2

    Love ginger

  137. Nina Brown

    Cantucci biscuits they look delicious, and such a simple easy recipe, I cook nearly all of my food from scratch, but I cook cakes and biscuits when family are visiting, otherwise I cannot resist eating them all. I am going to give these biscuits a go. I try and bake with organic goods, especially bread. Thanks for the recipe !

  138. Nina Brown

    I do love nutmeg as well – never tried organic, would be good to do

  139. jayne hall


  140. Kristy Brown


  141. Sarah Brokenshire

    Chilli- make it hot, hot, hot πŸ™‚ !

  142. Elisabetta

    I’ve already bought a tin of cantucci for Christmas as I absolutely adore them. However I keep meaning to bake my own and this is the recipe that I will use. My mouth is watering right now πŸ™‚

  143. helen tovell


  144. Derek D


  145. Fiona Morgan

    Favourite is cumin.

  146. Amandeep Sibia


  147. Max Power


  148. Sam Goodwin

    I love sweet cinnamon!

  149. Sarah H

    Love smoked paprika πŸ™‚

  150. kaye steeper

    All Apice for sweet or savoury

  151. Christine Constable

    Smoked paprika

  152. Karen Laing

    I love cinnamon,the taste is amazing and the aroma as it’s cooking is just wonderful x

  153. maggie ali

    it has to be ginger πŸ™‚

  154. Judith Allen

    I love cumin, and my partner says paprika.

  155. Louise Asekokhai

    I love cumin, I put loads in Chilli beef.

  156. Vicky R

    I would have to choose ginger.

  157. Liam Bishop

    Cinnamon πŸ™‚

  158. vicky collins

    yum yum yes please

  159. vicky collins


  160. Stevie

    Pepper, pepper with everything.


    Cinnamon,love it

  162. Joy Connor

    Cinnamon has always been my favourite!

  163. Corinne Peat

    Love paprika

  164. angela miles

    so yummy!

  165. Ann Godridge

    I love biscotti. I make mine with almonds and ground anise seed – but I will try with cinnamon next time

  166. Deborah

    I love cantucci, so I will try this recipe and the giveaway looks great for Christmas baking! And my favourite spice is nutmeg!

  167. Stephanie Whitehouse

    OOh that is hard! Maybe cardamon? Or paprika?

  168. Emma Ellams

    I love cinnamon

  169. Edward Guerreiro

    I guess my favourite spice is paprika. I use it the most.

  170. marie powell

    Has to be chilli xx

  171. Michelle O'Neill


  172. Rachel Butterworth


  173. Megan Kinsey


  174. Jennifer Toal


  175. Jayne T

    Mine is cinnamon, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  176. Lynn Heath

    My favourite is Tumeric

  177. Barbie

    Biscotti is my favorite cookie, and if I had to choose a favorite spice, it would be cinnamon.

  178. Georgina prince

    ginger especially in biscuits xx

  179. Jon Sellers


  180. Eileen Sumner

    Love cinnamon

  181. Makila Wheatley

    picking just one spice is hard as i use a variety of spices depending on the dish (or my mood) but if i had to say one i’d pick an old faithful… pepper

  182. Emily Clark

    Rosemary. It’s so fragrant!

  183. Alix Smith

    I love anything with ginger

  184. aaron broad


  185. Maureen Mallea


  186. Cherry Newby

    I love cinnamon!

  187. Steve Dickinson


  188. Caroline Scott


  189. Julie

    Ginger for me

  190. Jess Mary

    Love nutmeg!

  191. carole n

    cinnamon and nutmeg

  192. Phyllis May Ellett

    Has to be Cumin. Just has to be.

  193. Lorna Marie Ledger

    Om nom nom…Ginger is such a festive ingredient …yum!

  194. melanie stirling



    I love garlic even have the mayo with my chips

  196. Jo Carroll

    My fave is Nutmeg. x

  197. Laura Baker


  198. Helen Metcalfe

    I love lots of spices, but I think Cardamom tops the list

  199. Lauren Old

    Cardamom for me

  200. olivia Kirby

    It’s probably coriander for savouries and cinnamon for sweets

  201. Liz


  202. kate kathurima

    Ginger as can use in so much

  203. Diana Cotter

    Cinnamon goes into everything – from stewed apples to Christmas pud/cake/mince pies, not to mention Morroccan stews

  204. Charlotte Hood

    My favourite spice is cumin

  205. Ann Williams

    Nutmeg is my favourite spice

  206. Solange


  207. Monica Gilbert

    Cinnamon. It’s so versatile.

  208. Rebecca Townsend

    Cinnamon, it has such a comforting taste and fragrance.

  209. Jessica Walker

    Garlic or curry powder

  210. EJ Dunn


  211. carole eaves

    ginger for me.

  212. don erwood

    Mine is paprika. Especially with chicken.

  213. Sam Gregory

    I love cinnamon

  214. Diana

    Rosemary πŸ™‚

  215. Karen Durrant

    my favourite is cinnamon

  216. Helen Porter

    I love parsley a bit boring but love it all the same!

  217. Anthea Holloway

    I love nutmeg – it goes so well on so many things and makes a bread and butter pudding gorgeous!

  218. AG

    I’m not sure of my favourite. My grandma used to make me grilled grapefruit with cinnamon so I like that, and my sister’s secret ingredient in her pasta bake is star anise, so I like that too!

  219. Hannah Cummings


  220. Ann Peters

    I love nutmeg and mint (from the garden)

  221. donna l jones


  222. Angie Hoggett


  223. Debbie Preston

    Cinnamon especially at this time of year

  224. Frances Morgan

    ginger – versatile

  225. George grace

    All spice

  226. Susan Jackson

    Love the look of these, definitely one to bake

  227. Alison


  228. jo liddement

    I love ginger which is great in baking but adds a kick to savoury meals aswell

  229. Alison MacDonald

    Cinammon πŸ™‚

  230. Stacey Leigh

    I adore nutmeg, but maybe that’s because I adore a good cheese sauce and they’re a match made in heaven! xx

  231. Rebecca Isles


  232. Deborah Bird

    Cinnamon because its nice and sweet x

  233. Lyndsey Beckford

    My favourite spice is cinnamon -)

  234. Robby Price

    Black pepper

  235. Jamie Gallant

    Cinnamon is refreshing

  236. Barbara Handley


  237. Sue Dorking

    Love cinnamon

  238. Agnieszka Sady

    I love smoked paprika, it adds so much depth to meat-based dishes!

  239. Melanie Southey-Hill

    I love the flavour of smoked paprika πŸ™‚

  240. Jemma Webster

    I love nutmeg, it’s comforting and warming!

  241. Louise Hutchings

    My fave spice is Ginger

  242. Clare B.

    Gosh I love cinnamon

  243. Jen


  244. Penny Crumpton


  245. Viv Carey


  246. jessica cook

    i like ginger

  247. Becky John


  248. Heather Crowe

    Cinnamon πŸ™‚

  249. katrina walsh

    Ginger especially at this time of year

  250. Donna W

    I’d have to go with the majority and say cinnamon.

  251. Dee Sherwood Wallace

    Smoked Paprika

  252. Helen Gilbert


  253. Sheri Darby


  254. zoe g


  255. Gemm Cook

    I’ve got Italian in laws and i’ve got to make this for them, thank you for sharing x

  256. Purmala Shrestha

    Cumin and chilli.

  257. Clare Hubbard


  258. Sarah Parker


  259. emma brown


  260. Ioana Popescu


  261. Gilla01

    Love ginger.

  262. irene gilmour

    got to be black pepper

  263. Mandy S

    I love Chilli, I even put it in Mayonnaise!

  264. Kim Lam

    Fennel seeds. I love the taste of aniseed

  265. Sheila Reeves

    Ohh that’s like asking me to choose my favourite child! Ok so today I’d say it is mixed spice as it says Christmas to me, smell that & I’m back in the kitchen with my Mum

  266. Karen R

    I love nutmeg πŸ™‚

  267. Sam Cornford

    garam masala. Mmmm curry.

  268. David Price


  269. Jackie osborne

    Love chilli

  270. Kim Drayton

    Got to be Cumin x

  271. LEE HARDY

    I like cinnamon

  272. Alisa Moore


  273. Antonia Richardson


  274. Victoria Prince

    Cinnamon! Especially at this time of year

  275. Mary Baldwin

    Ginger as it’s good with both sweet and savoury dishes and is such a warming spice.

  276. Rennene Hartland


  277. Rich Hill

    Smoked paprika πŸ™‚

  278. kelly morgan


  279. Pip Bennett

    My favourite spice is chilli – I use it in so many things πŸ™‚

  280. lindsay chadburn

    i love cinnamon

  281. Carol Emmett

    I prefer the ‘sweet’ spices and my favourite (by a whisker!) is cinnamon – and it’s just right at this time of year.

  282. Trevor Linvell

    All spice

  283. Lizzy Cooper

    My favourite spice is cumin! πŸ™‚

  284. Chrissy Faery

    Garlic! πŸ™‚

  285. Herbert Appleby

    Star Anise

  286. cat jamison

    Cinnamon probably. I love so many of them though

  287. Fiona K

    Difficult question, but out of the spices in this giveaway I think cinnamon is my fave, but I’d be interested to try the chermoula

  288. Teresa Lee


  289. Nancy Bradford

    My favourite spice is nutmeg x

  290. Susan Trubey


  291. Ellie C


  292. Caroline Signey


  293. Pauline Black



    Fab i love ginger and basil for cooking and use both lots

  295. Kay Broomfield

    I love saffron

  296. Amanda Renirie

    My favourite is ginger! πŸ™‚ x

  297. Helen Bennett

    Wow, so hungry for this now. I adore Ginger

  298. Margery Lumsdaine

    Cinnamon πŸ™‚

  299. Natalie Crossan

    Paprika xx

  300. Mike Gerrie

    I Love Cinnamon


    I use a lot of Paprika

  302. Michaela Hinds

    Cinnamon makes Christmas taste so much better

  303. alice lightning

    love all spices especially mixed and cinnamon add so much more to a dish or cakes

  304. Rey Chunara


  305. Kim W

    For savoury it’s coriander, for sweet it’s cinnamon. mmm.

  306. HazelY

    Tough question! I think I will have to go for nutmeg. I use it in more things than practically anything else πŸ™‚

  307. Petra Beck

    Fenugreek, actually. One of the most underrated spices in Europe. Goes perfect with eggs and anything to do with cheese.

  308. Judy B


  309. Hannah Igoe


  310. Natalie Gillham

    I love cinnamon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *