Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti

I’m not much of a coffee drinker.  I have a cup maybe twice a month, more as a treat than anything.  And I really, really don’t like tea.  I wish I did, but I just don’t.  With all the flavor possibilities of homemade biscotti, it makes me wish I drank coffee or some warm breakfast beverage more often.  They are a very low maintenance cookie, and thankfully they keep very well for gifting to friends and family who are coffee and tea drinkers.  This particular variety is essentially a biscotti version of a snickerdoodle, and since I think cinnamon sugar makes just about everything better, I found these to be pretty wonderful.  I couldn’t stop myself from nibbling one with my glass of OJ during brunch, and my in-laws were happy when I surrendered the rest of the batch for their enjoyment.  If you’ve only ever had biscotti from a coffee house or someplace similar, I encourage you to try making your own.  These aren’t the sort that will require an emergency dental appointment after eating, they just have a nice crunch and leave you with a happy tummy.

Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti
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Yield: about 20-24 cookies
For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; whisk to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until lightly and fluffy, 3-4 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Blend in the egg and then the egg yolk, beating well after each addition.  Blend in the vanilla until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, blend in the dry ingredients just until incorporated and a dough is formed.

Divide the dough into two halves.  Shape each half into a log 9 inches long by 1½ inches wide on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the logs at least 3-4 inches apart.  In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and stir to blend well.  Lightly brush the tops of the logs with the beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with some of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.  Remove the pan from the oven but maintain the oven temperature.  Once the logs are cool enough to handle, slice on the diagonal into 1½-inch slices (about 10-12 per log).  Place biscotti cut side-down on the baking sheet and sprinkle with more of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until crisp and golden.

Source: Joy the Baker

47 Responses

  1. i’m a fan of most things with cinnamon and sugar! these sound great

  2. I looove biscotti. My current favorite is a cranberry orange biscotti that I discovered a few months back that I may have to bring back for the holidays. My favorite way to make biscotti is using a baguette pan for the first bake – they get nice and crisp AND they get a nice oblong shape instead of being flat on one side.

  3. I’ve always wanted to make biscotti! This recipe looks perfect.

  4. These look yummy. I love your blog. Try Chai tea (Starbucks) it is great hot or cold. I always ask they add a few extra pumps… (I love the smell of coffee, especially vanilla or hazelnut coffee but I dislike the taste immensely. It doesn’t matter how much sugar and milk I put in it, coffee just tastes awful.)

  5. I made these this weekend too! It was a cold rainy weekend and these were the perfect comfort with a hot mug of something.

  6. Oh we’re HUGE coffee drinkers and always looking for something delicious to dunk into it! These biscotti look delicious…I mean snickerdoodles?! We’re in.

  7. Are you superwoman?! How are you a doctor, mother, and baker without the aid of coffee 🙂

  8. homemade biscotti is the best! these look super yummy and would go fantastically well with the numerous cups of tea and coffee i drink everyday 🙂

  9. Frequent visitor to your blog. We enjoy many of your excellent recipes–my children often ask if this is an Annie recipe! Do you intend to write a cookbook? You should, you are very talented! Thanks for such well thought out culinary inspirations.

  10. Your post last fall on Snickerdoodle biscotti was my first introduction to homemade biscotti and food blogs….I read a lot of your posts from then on, and made just about as many of your recipes! Browsing your blog, trying your recipes, and visiting your links inspired me to start my own food blog this past spring. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Molly, I was just thinking the same thing!

  12. How about warm apple cider, or warm almond/pecan milk? (I found a recipe for homemade pecan milk at Always Order Dessert that looks fantastic.) I can’t have caffeine, and it made me a little sad to stop drinking hot chai when it’s cold out – though luckily, I really like red tea and red chai, which is caffeine free. That probably won’t work for you, since they are still very tea-like in flavor, but the nut milk or cider might.

  13. Good looking biscotti, it’s on my to do list for the last 5 years…oh well will get around to it! Lovely caramel colour you have on them, and I would be able to stop eating them either.

  14. These were delicious Annie! Thanks 🙂

  15. Oh!! Love biscotti! I like to make cranberry/pistachio biscotti for Christmas. The best part is that it keeps for months!

  16. I made these this weekend and they are SO awesome!! I had to bake them longer the second time around to make sure they were golden and firm.

  17. Hot cocoa always goes well with a biscotti, if you’re not a coffee drinker. Hot milk with a squirt of Hershey’s syrup is pretty easy, too.

    • Oh yes, I love hot cocoa and biscotti but it isn’t the healthiest option so I reserve it as a special treat. This is why I wish I liked tea.

  18. I agree with Molly, wow Mrs. Superwoman – I need my caffeine fix to get through the day. Either thru tea or coffee, and again I’m amazed by you. This looks beautiful and the glass bottles in the background totally caught my eye…biscotti’s make wonderful after dinner treats. yum!

  19. I, too, am a lover of biscotti but not a big coffee drinker. Every other day besides the day I have a biscotti sitting next to me, I thank God that I’m not dependent on coffee, but biscotti and coffee are synonymous with each other. This look wonderful, Annie, and I love the cinnamon-sugar flavor. Definitely hanging on to this recipe to try soon. Thanks!

  20. Yum! These will make a wonderful addition to my holiday goodies box. And I’m sure the doctors at work will appreciate something to dunk in the coffee too. 🙂

  21. I love biscottis and these look amazing!! gloria

  22. These look great! I love anything with cinnamon sugar on them! I just made these cinnamon sugar cupcakes that are dipped in butter and then in the cinnamon sugar! TO DIE FOR! 😀

    I will have to try these ASAP! I love tea so these would be perfect for me! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Yummy! Snickerdoodles are one of my all time favorite cookies! I will definitely be making these soon

  24. I made these this morning. I had to…21 weeks pregnant and am having super duper sweet cravings. I don’t drink tea or coffee but these seemed like a must.
    They are delicious! They won’t last long. DH came home from lunch and took a couple back to work for his afternoon coffee and he too has declared them delicious. This was my first time making biscotti. Not sure why I was afraid before. There will be many many more batches in my future 🙂

  25. Another option to hot chocolate or tea is steamed milk with flavor added. This time of year you can usually get pumpkin spice steamed milk but caramel and hazelnut are good all year round. It’s delicious and goes great with biscotti!

  26. Yum! Biscotti is one of my faves and as an avid coffee drinker they make the perfect companion!

  27. Anything related to snickerdoodles sounds like a winner! I would like to try this for the holidays – they are festive and gift-worthy! (PS – I never liked tea until I had it in Ireland with milk… now I’m addicted!)

  28. Laughing here about the emergency dental appointment. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few of those because of an eventful dental history.

    Homemade biscotti is SO much better than store-bought. Think I will give these a try.

    Speaking of tea, have you tried the vanilla caramel by Bigelow? Tastes good with a little Splenda, honey or sugar and some almond milk (or skim milk). Or drink it plain. The smell will get everybody’s attention in the room. It is SO good.

  29. I agree – cinnamon and sugar make everything better! These look like a delicious breakfast or snack!

  30. I make some biscotti that I found on the food network, by Giada. Very good with cranberries and pistachios. Great hoiliday treat! Can’t wait to try these!

  31. Cinnamon sugar is always for comforting, I think! These sound delicious!

  32. Yum, I love biscotti! And what a great flavour variation, thanks!

  33. I totally get you about the coffee. I drink it for the idea of it once every month or 2. But tea is my favourite. I am a fan! These biscotti would go perfectly well with my lovley YOGI cinnamon and spice tea that my mother in law bought me. I hate the biscotti you buy in coffee shops,, like you mentioned, you lose your teeth in them 🙂

  34. This sounds like Christmas! I can picture cuddling up in my flannel pj’s and eating these with tea. Yum!

  35. Made these tonight. They are delicious!!!!

  36. Very pleased with the finished product. Thank you for posting! Looking forward to sharing these with my ladies’ small group in the morning.

  37. Hi Annie:
    I’m hosting a baby shower for my cousin next Sunday, the 7th of November. I am hoping to bake some of the treats in advance, including biscotti. How long do you think biscotti will stay fresh once baked? This will be my first time attempting biscotti so I have no experiences to draw from 🙂
    Thank you!

    • I think biscotti tend to keep pretty well, especially since they are a crispy cookie to begin with. I would still make them as close to the shower as you can and still have it be convenient for you, but I ship them often as gifts and everyone always says they are great.

  38. Mmm I love biscotti, especially cinnamon sugar biscotti! Have you tried loose leaf tea? Bag tea has more tannins and that drying/bitter taste that’s not very good. Loose tea is much smoother!

  39. I just made these this afternoon and I was so excited to take them home for Thanksgiving but the bottoms of them burnt to a crisp after only 40 min (on parchment paper and rotated 1/2 way through). I’ve made biscotti before and that’s never happened to me before. I salvaged them by carefully cutting the bottom off each piece. Skinny pieces are better than nothing I guess!

  40. I just made these for my family to have around at Thanksgiving and they are DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing this delicious and super easy recipe!

  41. Ooooh they were delicious! I’m in Mexico and making some treats for friends, and I thought I would give these a go, was a little bit worried they might not find them very tasteful, you know the culture difference and all, but they LOOOVED THEM, thank you so much for the recipe, you are a LEGEND!

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