Almond Flour Biscotti

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Almond Flour Biscotti is the perfect gluten-free recipe to serve with tea or coffee. This version calls for just 5 simple ingredients, and would make a great DIY gift. There are two flavors to choose from!

almond flour biscotti on cooling rack

Biscotti Ingredients

To make almond flour biscotti, also known as cantucci, you’ll need 5 simple ingredients:

  • Blanched almond flour
  • Coconut sugar
  • Egg (see notes for swaps)
  • Baking powder
  • Almond extract

I find that blanched almond flour works best for this recipe, since almond meal (which has brown flecks of skin) tends to make more soft, cake-like baked goods. If you can only find almond meal at the store, I think it’s still worth trying, but the biscotti might need to bake a little longer to dry out in the middle.

Can’t find almond flour at the store? You can make homemade almond flour, too!

How to Slice Biscotti

When slicing biscotti, it’s important that the loaf is totally cool before you cut into it. Otherwise, it could mush together, or fall apart as you slice it.

I recommend letting the loaf cool at room temperature briefly, then placing the pan in the fridge or freezer to cool completely before cutting into it.

slicing biscotti into pieces

If this is your first time making biscotti, keep in mind that it’s also easier to make clean slices if you leave out any extra sliced almonds.

Adding sliced almonds looks pretty, but they are trickier to cut through. If your knife isn’t super-sharp, the almonds may not cut cleanly, and can create an uneven look, so this is something to consider.

What Makes Them Crispy?

Just like traditional biscotti, this recipe is twice baked to create extra-crunchy cookies. The thinner you slice the biscotti, the crispier they will be. Thin biscotti are also easier to bite into!

First, you’ll bake the dough as a log at 350ºF, just until it’s lightly golden.

before and after baked biscotti log

Then, let it cool completely, so it will slice nicely. I recommend placing the loaf in the fridge or freezer, until the bottom of the loaf is cold to the touch.

Slice the log into thin strips, then lay each cookie on its side and bake at a lower oven temperature. This helps them crisp to perfection!

before and after baked biscotti slices on pan

Baking the cookies at 250ºF ensures that they won’t burn, keeping their flavor in tact.

Tip: Don’t try raising the temperature on the second bake– even 300ºF is too much and will leave you with an unappealing taste. The almond flour can take on a slightly-burnt flavor, even without looking burnt.

When the biscotti are done baking, turn off the oven and let them continue to stay in the oven until it’s cool. This will ensure that the cookies totally dry out, creating a crispy texture that is perfect for dunking in coffee or tea.

Need an Egg-Free Version?

I originally planned on making this recipe egg-free, but as it turns out, it’s challenging to get the middles 100% dry without the egg. They are still delicious, but this egg-free biscotti is harder in texture, so be careful with your teeth.

These are definitely the type of cookie you’ll want to soften by dunking in coffee first.

chocolate and almond biscotti slices on pan

If you’d like to try an egg-free version, replace the egg with:

  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot starch
  • 3 tablespoons of water

You’ll bake as directed for the first round, but for the second bake, you’ll add 15 minutes to each side. So, they’ll bake for 45 minutes at 250ºF on one side, then you’ll flip them and bake another 45 minutes.

Turn off the oven and let the biscotti cool in there, if you can. This ensures there will be no “soft spot” in the center of the biscotti, so they’ll be ultra-crispy.

almond flour biscotti decorated on cooling rack

Making Chocolate Biscotti

I’ve included two flavor variations below, for both a classic almond biscotti, and a chocolate peppermint version.

If you’d prefer to leave out the peppermint, you can use 1/2 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract instead. Either way, it’s delicious!

almond flour biscotti on cooling rack
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Almond Flour Biscotti

Almond Flour Biscotti is naturally gluten-free and is the perfect treat to dunk in tea or coffee. Egg-free option included for vegans!
Course Dessert
Cuisine paleo
Keyword almond flour biscotti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 22
Calories 75kcal

Ingredients

Almond Biscotti

  • 1 3/4 cup blanched almond flour (209 grams)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (94 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5 grams)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (55 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (10 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (2 grams)

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (177 grams)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (25 grams)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (103 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5 grams)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (55 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (10 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract/flavor

Optional Add-Ins

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips , for topping
  • crushed candy cane or nuts , for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the almond flour, coconut sugar, cacao powder (if making the chocolate version), baking powder, and salt. Whisk well to break up any clumps.
    mixing dry ingredients
  • Add the remaining wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the egg, coconut oil, and extract. Mix until a thick, sticky dough is formed. If you want to add in sliced almonds for texture, now is the time to do it.
    mixing in wet ingredients and almonds
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet, and use your hands to press it into a "log" shape, about 8-9 inches long, and around 4 inches wide. You want the loaf to be about 1/2-inch thick. Once it's formed, place it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
    almond flour biscotti log with ruler next to it
  • Turn off the oven, remove the pan, and let the loaf cool completely. I recommend letting it cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer it to the fridge or freezer for 1 to 2 hours, to cool completely. This will make it easier to slice. Once it's cool, slice the loaf into 1/2-inch pieces, making about 20 to 22 slices.
    cooled biscotti sliced into pieces
  • Preheat the oven to 250ºF for the second bake. (Do not use a higher oven temp!) Carefully arrange the slices in a single layer on the baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the pan, flip the slices, and bake for another 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the biscotti stay in the oven as it cools. This will help them totally crisp up.
    baked and unbaked slices on pan
  • When the biscotti are cool, they should be perfectly crispy and read to serve. Almond flour baked goods will get soft if you store them in an airtight container at room temperature, so I recommend storing these in an open container at room temperature, or in the fridge in an airtight container to keep them crispy. They should last for 3-4 days at room temp, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
    almond and chocolate biscotti finished on pan

How to Decorate Them

  • If you'd like to dip the biscotti in chocolate to make them look fancier, melt 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips for 1 batch of biscotti. I use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over the top of each biscotti, coating only 1/3 of each piece.
    chocolate dipped biscotti on pan
  • For the chocolate peppermint biscotti, I like to sprinkle some crushed candy cane on top of the chocolate. (I use YumEarth brand.) For the almond biscotti, you can sprinkle crushed almonds on top, or any other nut you like. (Hazelnuts are really nice, too!) Let the chocolate cool completely until hardened, then serve or store as directed above.
    biscotti decorated with candy canes and nuts

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Notes

Nutrition information is based on the Almond biscotti, for 1 of 22 slices. This information is just an estimate, and not a guarantee.
Vegan Version: Replace the egg with 2 tablespoons of tapioca or arrowroot starch + 3 tablespoons of water. For the second bake, I recommend leaving them in the oven at 250ºF for 45 minutes on each side, then turn off the oven and let them cool for at least an hour before removing the pan.
Sliced Almond Version: If you'd like to add sliced almonds to your biscotti, add 1/4 cup into the batter after it's mixed, but before you form the log. Keep in mind that the added almonds may make it harder to slice, so be sure to use a super-sharp knife!

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

More Almond Flour Recipes

Wondering what else you can make with almond flour? Here are some of my favorites to try!

If you try this Almond Flour Biscotti recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how they turn out for you! Biscotti can be a bit tricky to get right on your first try, so I hope these step-by-step photos and directions are helpful. If you try anything different, please let me know how that goes, too! We can all learn from your experience.

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CatheRine

Loved the almond ones! They were so tasty even without being dunked in tea or coffee. I tried the chocolate batch with vanilla extract instead of peppermint and they were a little dry and had less flavor than the almond ones. Perhaps it was a bit too much cocoa powder? I’m freezing this batch and will decorate them for a cookie swap next weekend. Thanks for the fun and easy recipe!

    Megan Gilmore

    Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the almond ones! That’s interesting about the chocolate version. I used 1/4 cup because I felt like the peppermint is overpowering without it, but I bet it would be fine to use less cacao when using something more mild, like vanilla. Maybe just try 2 to 3 tablespoons next time? I’ll report back if I end up trying that, too!

JoAnn Buel

Can I use egg egg replacement or flax egg in place of egg in the biscotti recipe

karianne

so delicious! both options and super easy to make

Ivana

A great recipe!!
FYI, I left mine in an airtight container on the counter overnight and they did not go soft. They were just as crunchy as Day 1!

Steven P feeling!

Try orange zest and dried cranberries!
Double deelish!

Veronica Tompkins

Can I exchange the coconut sugar for stevia?

    Megan Gilmore

    Ooh, I have no idea how that might work. The granulated sugar contributes to the texture of the biscotti, so I’m not sure how they will work without it. I don’t use stevia myself, so I can’t experiment with it, but please let me know if you give it a try!

Liz

Just made these they were yum! I made the chocolate peppermint ones and then made orange cranberry ones by using the almond version and subbing fresh squeezed clementine for the extract, adding zest of one clementine and folding in craisins. They turned out great!!! I’m going to try a fufetti variation tomorrow. Thanks for another amazing recipe!!

Jess Carvey

I made the chocolate ones with vanilla instead because I didn’t have peppermint. I didn’t think they would work out at first. I was careful with my ingredients and when it was time to make the loaf I busted out the measuring tape to make sure it was perfect but on the first bake, the loaf spread out and I wasn’t sure it would work anymore but I persisted and they turned out AMAZING! I started them too late so had to ask my night owl husband to put them away for me because they were still cooling and I woke up with a text that said “these are top notch!”

Will for sure be making these again and trying the chocolate dip with peppermint!

    Megan Gilmore

    Ha, I totally had to stay up too late one night while testing these, too. Definitely pays to start them early! I’m so glad they turned out well for you, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of the peppermint version when you get the chance to try that one.

Laura Mac

I love how the biscotti turned out! I’ve never made biscotti before, but was eager to try after I adopted a cat and named her Lottie Biscotti a couple weeks ago. I made the chocolate peppermint version, and they turned out great! I dipped half in Lily’s sugar-free milk chocolate and half in dark chocolate, and simply crushed up peppermint candies on top.

The recipe was very simple to understand and make into the finished products. And my family all likes them a lot too! ❤️

    Megan Gilmore

    Thank you so much for the feedback, Laura! I’m glad you enjoyed the biscotti!

Rosemary Shea

Do you think I could substitute honey for the sugar? Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m not sure how that would work. I’d probably use half the amount of honey, but I don’t know what the texture will be like. Granulated sugar is what makes things crunchy without breaking your teeth, so the honey version could make them more solid? Let me know if you experiment with it!

kathern

These are by far the best biscotti ever! I have several recipes I’ve been using for years, but these are so tasty, crisp and light that they’re perfect!! I made them the day the email came out and the only problem I have is they didn’t last long enough!

Katie B

We love these!
I made a batch for gifts but my family and I ate them all. I am baking another batch. i used to make gingerbread biscotti dipped in white chocolate. They were made with wheat flour (whole wheat pastry), however since we learned that my son has celiac disease, we have had a gluten free kitchen since 2009. I think I will experiment with a gingerbread version of almond flour biscotti. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

Marl

My daughter has a corn sensitivity. What can I use instead of the baking powder?

    Megan Gilmore

    You can use baking soda (half the amount) plus a teaspoon of vinegar to help it rise.

Luisa Roeder

Hi- mine did not rise much after baking?
Maybe 2 eggs or check my Baking Powder date?

JoAnn Buel

Could i use flax egg or egg replacer in place of the egg

JoAnn Billitti

These were so good and easy to make; I ate almost the whole batch myself! Thanks for a great recipe.

Megan

I just made these to give as Christmas gifts and I have to make another one because I can’t stop eating it myself

Sandra Ariatti

I like these almond biscotti cookies very much.
The recipe is simple and easy. The cookies came out light and tasty.

Sherri

I made the almond ones but substituted molasses, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger to make them gingerbread. Then I decorated with white chocolate chips and candied ginger. They are fabulous and almost gone!

MW

Hello, can you verify the amount of cocoa powder in grams and the coconut sugar in grams for the chocolate biscotti recipe.

3/4 cup of coconut sugar is less than 103 grams. 103 grams is a lot of sugar.

I used the cup measurement instead.

    Megan Gilmore

    I believe that weight is correct from when I measured it on my scale, although I’ve seen other websites state that 3/4 cup of coconut sugar weighs 135 grams, so it will vary using the cup measurement. Since I tested this recipe so many times, and keep track of it in a notebook, I was able to look back and saw another time it weighed 113 grams. When I tested it with 2/3 cup sugar that weight was 94 grams, if that gives you an idea of the weight.

SWATI Harmon

I have made 4 batches of this biscotti and they all turned out great. I made 2 batches of chocolate with almond, one batch of vanilla – almond and one batch of cran-orange. I didn’t use almond essence in any if them, instead just used vanilla. Thank you for creating this recipe. My family loves them.

Lori

These are incrediBle & so easy to make. Love that no butter is needed. I’m not understanding how this makes 22 biscuits. I only got 7 out of them. Next time I will double the recipe.

Daina

Don’t have coconut sugar. Can I use white sugar or maple syrup?1:1?

    Megan Gilmore

    White sugar should work the same texture-wise, it will just be a little sweeter that way. Hope you enjoy them!

Susan

I’ve made this biscotti recipe twice and it’s absolutely perfect. The “cool down” prior to the 2nd bake is a game changer. It’s actually much easier and more efficient to put these in the refrigerator overnight and proceed with the slicing / 2nd bake the next day. Thank you Megan.
I love your simplified and healthy approach to cooking / baking.

Tricia Johnson

I loved these! It’s hard to find a gluten free biscotti recipe that is easy to make and delicious! I have now added you to one of my featured links! I hope others can find easy and healthy treats on your site!

PC

For Almond Biscotti’s, can we replace coconut sugar with honey and Baking power with baking Soda?

Thanks

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