Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Biscotti (Anisette Italian Cookies)


Perfect for Gift Giving around the Holiday!

Grandma was 94 when she passed away. A real old fashioned almost bread like Italian hard dunkin cookie. These are so good. We have them always ready for company. It makes a good amount to freeze in loaves and have in a quick instant when company arrives. Don't forget to serve that demitasse black Italian coffee, that was her favorite along with a shot of annisette liqueur and actual sugar cubes... wow do I miss her!


An easy cookie really twice baked...after making large loaves on a cookie sheet, you'll cut these while warm, and put them bake in the oven to toast....very easy and traditional...a cookie that never grows old. If you don't like anisette flavoring....try another flavor, add hazelnuts, chips. Biscotti is a versatile cookie, and this basic dough will get you to any favorites. You can even dip each end in different chocolates, white, milk, dark, colors, then drizzle white chocolate over the top, to look like the many bakery favorites. I have made them many ways, but this is the old time original....the only one grandma would make...

By the way..these are great dunkers for cappuccino....

Anisette Cookies......


6 eggs ( 1 more for later to brush on top)
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon pure anise extract
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teas salt

6 teaspoon of baking powder

Mix all in a bowl to form a stiff dough. On a greased cookie sheet form two loaves in thin width shapes of a torpedo, brush with one beaten egg ( if you love anisette flavor add another teaspoon to the egg wash). Bake at 350 until brown. Take out of oven cool, for 5 minutes, slice cookies on a slant, put bake on the cookie sheet, bake again until toasted......

***Optional: At Christmas time, we like to dip the bottoms or the ends in  melted chocolate. Just melt chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute at a time till smooth. Dip the ends in chocolate, or the whole bottom of the cookie. You can also add sprinkles, colored sugars for a festive look..


22 comments:

Kathy Gori said...

oh yeah! I make these, usually in the fall, my recipe is from florence and uses ground almonds. my mom makes tge anisette cookies. mmmmm

pegasuslegend said...

well if you ever want to share the recipe I'm in! Would love to try yours....

Maureen Jeanson cPT c MH said...

OH! I love anise cookies--remember the stella dorra commercials--"not just for breakfast"

Thanks for sharing this!

Family Cuisine Food And Recipe said...

Looks tasty ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

Rachelle said...

I love biscotti. I make a pumpkin version and a chocolate version.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I would love to dunk one of these into my coffee...

Luna's Recipes said...

I must say that they look perfect!.. Delcious. Luna

Adora's Box said...

Just love anything with anise. Fab!

Claudia said...

Many memories come flooding back.y mother and aunts always had anisette biscotti. Usually Stella D'Oro! But I won't quibble. These look scrumptious.

Torviewtoronto said...

these looks really delicious
like the ones with chocolate

Reeni said...

These are one of my favorite things to make - and eat - was planning on making some this weekend! I love, love, love the anise ones!

Rochelle said...

Recently(over the holidays) I have discovered the wonders of biscotti. They are absolutely wonderful and easy to make!! I want to try some of these as I've only had one kind (chocolate) and need to learn some new versions :D

Lizzy said...

I have an Italian friend who makes a number of Anisette cookies around Christmas...I've been meaning to try them...and now you offer these delicious looking biscotti! Another for my pile of recipes to try :)

Joanne said...

I absolutely love the taste of anisette. When I was younger I couldn't stand it - hated licorice as well. I'm not sure what happened between the age of 10 and 30 (trying to make you all think I'm 30...) but my taste buds FINALLY saw the light. LOVE anisette.
Those biscotti are wonderful.

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Oh so delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe for biscotti! I have a few of them, but they're all a bit questionable... I need to try it out your way.

msihua said...

Fresh biscotti! Hell yeah! And a cup of good coffee!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm..I would love this dipped in coffee. I think I would have so much fun dipping..haha. My friend just gave me a packet yesterday. I would love to try making this one day. Hope you have a great day, Claudia!

Linda said...

I can never get enough biscotti recipes! I try each and every one! Especially when I hear they are passed down favorites as this one.

Angie's Recipes said...

Love biscotti! Those look scrumptious!

Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Claudia...I love biscotti. I just don't always have good luck with them. They come out more like doorstops than cookies! But these look fabulous! I just might have to try again with this recipe! : )

redkathy said...

Big biscotti fan Claudia! I made them on several occasions. Mine didn't seem to be the right texture. Just a bit too hard and not enough air pockets if you know what I mean. Yours have them. Could it be the recipe I used? Do you have any suggestions?

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

I love biscotti and really enjoy making it. I'm going to try these. :)