Traditional Anise Biscotti

The authentic Italian taste of fennel/anise is present in these addictive cookies.

Recipe Information

Serves: 2 14-inch logs
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 large Fennel bulb, cored and diced
¾ cup candied cherries, chopped
¾ cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cups & 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
¾ cup  sugar
1 Tbsp. Anise extract
Zest of one orange minced finely
½ cup butter
2 eggs
1-½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Cook diced Fennel in a microwavable dish with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes until tender. Drain the cool fennel before adding it to the recipe. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, extract, and orange zest. Add flour, baking powder, salt and mix until well blended. Fold in Fennel, nuts and Cherries
  4. Divide dough in half and place on a floured cutting board. Form two logs,(each 1/2 inch thick, 1-½ inches wide and 14 inches long).
  5. Space the logs about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet and place baking sheet in the middle of the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes at 325°F or until logs are lightly brown. Transfer the logs to a cooling rack and allow to cool 5 minutes. Place logs on cutting board and using a serrated knife, slice them diagonally at a 45° angle, into ½ inch slices. Place cut side down on baking sheet and return them to a 300°F oven for 15 minutes to dry slightly. Remove from oven and let them cool on a rack.

Store the biscotti in a an airtight covered container. Biscotti also freezes very well.

Recipe Reviews

If you are a biscotti lover as I am you will love this recipe for the sweet anise flavor and how easy it is to make. I forgot to buy pine nuts so subs

Shirley Tuggle
Jan 23, 2010
Penn ValleyCA

If you are a biscotti lover as I am you will love this recipe for the sweet anise flavor and how easy it is to make. I forgot to buy pine nuts so substituted roasted almonds. It turned out great but really want to try the distinct flavor of the roasted pine nuts the next time I make it. I had never cooked with fennel before and went on line to find out how to cook the fennel before starting the recipe. I ended up sauteing finely diced fennel in a small amount of butter. I was pleased with the results.
This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Ocean Mist Farms , USA 5.0 5.0 1 1 If you are a biscotti lover as I am you will love this recipe for the sweet anise flavor and how easy it is to make. I forgot to buy pine nuts so substituted roasted almonds. It tu
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