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Best Vanilla Biscotti

Learn how to make biscotti with this easy vanilla biscotti recipe! These are the best cookies to snack on with your afternoon coffee.

Something about the crunchy sweetness just pairs really well with coffee, I find. Then again, there's not many things I don't find that go with coffee.

Coffee is basically my love language, so it stands to reason that everything goes with coffee.

a slice of pale vanilla biscotti cookie topped with white cream cheese and golden brown chai jelly.

Hot? Drink Cold Brew.

Cold? Drink hot coffee.

Breakfast? Drink Bulletproof Coffee.

Need a snack? Make sure it goes with coffee.

And these Vanilla Bean Biscotti cookies? They go with coffee. They also go with my Chai Tea Jelly - if you're into that sort of thing!

Overhead view of vanilla biscotti cookies lined up and one laying flat topped with golden brown chai jelly.

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This recipe is dedicated to snack attacks and coffee.

What you need to know about vanilla biscotti!

What is biscotti?

BISCOTTI in its most basic form is simply a cookie that is baked twice. It works for toast, why wouldn't it work for cookies!

Besides, we all know things that are baked twice are twice as good, just like my Next Level Mashed Potatoes.

How to make vanilla biscotti cookies:

Biscotti cookies are easy to make - there is just one extra step over regular cookie recipes.

  1. Make the dough
  2. Form the dough into a log - wet your hands - it helps considerably
  3. Bake the dough log
  4. Slice into cookie widths
  5. Bake again!
A vanilla biscotti cookie in the foreground, topped with a thin layer of white cream cheese and a dollop of golden brown chai jelly.

IT seems like a lot of work, but in fact, it's much less work than I had originally anticipated it to be.

WHEN developing this basic, plain biscotti recipe, I wanted a flavoured cookie but I wanted it to be a simple biscotti with a single, complementary flavour. That's why vanilla is the primary focus.

USE bourbon vanilla - it's flavour is amazing!

YOU'LL notice this biscotti recipe has no nuts - I wanted to make this recipe school safe, my kids love cookies, and I love sending little treats in their lunches.

WET your hands when smoothing out the dough. It makes the cookie loaf much more cooperative!

ALSO! Don't skip the step that makes you brush the cookie loaves with warm water - it makes a huge difference in the crumbiness!

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A slice of vanilla biscotti
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Best Vanilla Biscotti

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Learn how to make biscotti with this easy vanilla biscotti recipe! These are the best cookies to snack on with your afternoon coffee.


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp bourbon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle, beat the butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and uniform.
  4. Turn mixer to low and in flour, one cup at a time, and mix until smooth but sticky.
  5. Scoop out the dough onto your baking sheet, and form into two flat, wide loaves, a couple inches apart. Wet hands and smooth the tops of the loaves.
  6. Bake at 350f for 25 or so minutes until both loaves are set and starting to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove loaves from the oven, and using a BBQ brush, lightly brush the crust of the loaves with warm water - this will reduce the crumbing later.
  8. Allow loaves to cool for 5 or so minutes, and transfer to a cutting board. Slice the loaves crosswise into 3/4" slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet, laying flat, and bake for another 25-30 minutes.
  9. Remove biscotti from pan and cool on a wire rack until room temperature.
  10. Store in an airtight container!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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Wednesday 17th of June 2020

So good! I made these for my dad bc he loves bIscotti and added fresH BLUEBERRIES and some almon flavoring. I think i haVe a new job added to my list. Lol. Great Recip thanks for shari

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