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Cantucci or biscotti in vin santo.
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5 from 7 votes

Almond Biscotti or "cantucci".

Crisp almond biscotti also called "cantucci" are delicious dipped in a cup of coffee, espresso or vin santo. They make a great holiday or hostess gift!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time32 minutes
chill20 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Cookie
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 48 pieces
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Cynthia



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Coarsely chop almonds, then lightly toast for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment or silpat (sliicone baking sheets)
  • In a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add Amaretto and almond extract, then beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add to butter and sugar, just until mixed.
  • Stir in chopped almonds. If dough is too stiff, mix in by hand.
  • Form into 2 or 3 long logs about 1 1/2" wide and about an 3/4" high.
  • Chill until dough is firm. About 20 minutes.
  • Bake biscotti at 350 degrees F. for about 20-25 minutes or until golden. Don't over cook. They will be very light and give slightly to the touch. Transfer to wire rack and cool about 10 minutes.
  • Cut logs diagonally into 1/2 to 3/4" wide slices. Bake, cut side down, for about 7 minutes. Turn biscotti and then bake another 7 minutes, or until just barely golden. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  1. Don't over bake the biscotti during the first bake. You'll be baking them again and they will continue to harden as they cool.
  2. For cherry, almond chocolate chip biscotti follow above biscotti recipe and add 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips and 6 ounces dried cherries when you fold in the almonds. 
  3. Store biscotti in an air-tight container. They will last at least a week to 10 days. 
  4. Do not refrigerate!


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg