Vanilla Biscotti

These sweet, simple Vanilla Biscotti are just begging to be dunked into your favorite hot beverage or cold glass of milk!

Vanilla Biscotti stacked on a white plate with a floral rim

When it comes to simple flavors, it doesn’t get much better than vanilla. It’s easy to dismiss vanilla as boring or uninteresting, but it’s really just a lovely, delicious flavor. That simple flavor is the center of attention in these Vanilla Biscotti.

Keeping with the simple theme, it applies to making these cookies, too. Biscotti are really a breeze to make. You get to skip all the cookie scooping in favor of baking all the dough at once, slicing it, and baking it some more. The end result is a crispy, crunchy Vanilla Biscotti that’s the perfect companion to your favorite coffee, tea, or other beverage.

plate of Vanilla Biscotti

I generally don’t like to add a glaze or other topping to biscotti. They’re meant for dunking, after all, so I like all the flavors to be contained within the cookie. That being said, feel free to add a glaze or dip them in chocolate if you like. These biscotti are nicely crunchy but not so much that you have to dunk them to be able to eat them.

The dough for these biscotti is a bit sticky. Be sure to flour your hands when you’re shaping it so that it’s easier to handle. If it feels too sticky to handle, sprinkle a little flour over the dough and gently work it into the dough. Too much flour and too much mixing will make your biscotti tough, so don’t overdo it.

Vanilla Biscotti served on a plate

I tend to make long biscotti, but you can make these any size you want. When you’re shaping the dough for baking, just make it a narrower width. It will spread some as it bakes, so keep that in mind. The only dimension that I recommend not changing is the height.

I love to serve these Vanilla Biscotti alongside some favorite warm beverages, but they’re a great treat for you milk drinkers out there, too. No matter your choice, these sweet, simple cookies are a perfect companion!

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Yield: 18 biscotti

Vanilla Biscotti

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes

These sweet, simple Vanilla Biscotti are the perfect companion for your favorite hot beverage!

Vanilla Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour (plus more for shaping the dough)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • sanding sugar, optional

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
    2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
    4. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
    5. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan. Shape the dough into a rectangle about 3 & 1/2” wide and 3/4” tall. The dough will be a bit sticky, so dust your fingertips with a bit of flour if necessary to help you shape it.
    6. If desired, sprinkle with sanding sugar.
    7. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes (or until it's cool enough to handle).
    8. Use the parchment paper or liner to transfer the biscotti to a cutting board. Cut the biscotti into 3/4” crosswise slices.
    9. Line the baking sheet with a fresh sheet of parchment paper or clean silicone liner. Place the biscotti, cut side down, onto the pan.
    10. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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