Biscotti is something near and dear to my heart. You could walk into my grandma’s any time of day, any day of the week, and you would find a cookie jar full of biscotti. If you happened to snag the last biscotti in the jar, don’t worry – there was a massive tin sitting on the steps that housed the backup rations, and my grandma would promptly refill the jar. As a kid, we didn’t have many store-bought cookies; we had grandma’s biscotti. Our dogs didn’t get regular dog treats; they got pieces of grandma’s biscotti. (That is, until grandma found out, and gave a little scowl.) For the most part, biscotti is one of those recipes that I never feel much need to tinker with; my grandma’s traditional walnut-studded, butternut-flavored version is complete comfort food for me.
Recently, however, I’ve been craving something cinnamon-sugar and I’ve also had a hankering for biscotti, so I decided to throw together a snickerdoodle version of my biscotti recipe.
These turned out with just the amount of spice and warmth I was hoping for. They are perfect on their own, but anyone who has spent significant time in a grandma’s kitchen surrounded by biscotti will tell you that the only real way to eat a biscotti is to dunk it in your coffee. I was notorious for filling up a cup of coffee at my grandma’s, only to dunk multiple biscotti and leave a half-filled, crumbly mess of a cup behind.
Whether you like to eat them straight-up or dunked in coffee, these cinnamon-sugar biscotti are a perfect segue into the fall holiday season. It’s the perfect cookie to put out for company; fill up some cups of coffee, gather around the table, and have a relaxing afternoon with friends or family. It’s the way biscotti are meant to be enjoyed :)
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Five years ago: Challah Bread
For the Biscotti:
- 2¾ cups (343.75 g) all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Topping:
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- Cream together the sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing just until a dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and rub your hands with a little flour. Divide the dough in two and form each half into a log about 4 inches wide by 10 inches long. Places the logs on the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water, and brush each log evenly. In a separate small bowl, stir together the ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the brushed dough.
- Bake on the prepared baking sheet until lightly browned and small cracks form on top, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly on the baking sheet, about 10 minutes (leave the oven on). Transfer the logs to a cutting board. Slice diagonally in generous ½-inch slices. Place them cut side up on the baking sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned, turning over half way through. Cool completely on a wire rack. Biscotti can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for two weeks.
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Best biscotti recipe I’ve tried! These are my new go-to biscotti, everyone loved them!
Snickerdoodle is my favorite, but I use a tsp.of cream of tartar in these as it’s what makes Snickerdoodle, well, Snickerdoodle!
If I need to make a vegan variation, what can I substitute the egg whites with at the end when you use them tob brush on the biscotti?
I found that after baking the 25 suggested minutes, the loaf was still soft in the middle. When I try this the second time, I will probably make the loaves about 13×2 1/2 ” so they will lay flatter. Three stars for the texture and technical recipe. Five stars for the flavor and clarity. Good job! I’ll be keeping this one (with edits) for next year too.
Absolutely delicious and easy to make!
Hi! I’m really excited to make this as I am a huge snickerdoodle fan. Question- The cinnamon/sugar combo for topping- do you use all of the mixture to sprinkle on top?
Hi Shellbeee, I do believe that I used all of the mixture.
I love this recipe. I have used it twice. I had to hide these from my family or they would have been gone in 5 minutes, I wanted then to last at least a couple days.
Easy to follow and so delicious
OMG. I just baked half recipe and they are soooooo goooood.
When I baked second time I only baked 5 min each side (10 min both)so they are just a little bit softer inside. Next time I will bake 15 min for both side.
Thanks for the recipe.
For variation, do you suppose you could add mini chocolate chips or would they be too overpowering?
They sound scrumptious!
Hi Leah, I think that would work just fine!
YUM! Made these last night! Couldn’t be an more delicious!
Made these this morning! Wow! They are a hit with everyone. Love them! What a perfect recipe!
I made these last night and the flavor is fabulous! Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies and these are perfect! I did have a little trouble with my dough being dry and crumbly… Any suggestions?
Just made these, turned out delicious yummmm!! Thanks ^_^
I love anything snickerdoodle! I’ve never made biscotti but these sound like a great way to kick off holiday baking!
I am so making these! I love snickerdoodles and love biscotti, this is the perfect combo! They look really yummy.
These are amazing! My family loves them – thanks!
Love it! This sounds heavenly with a cup of coffee!!!
I grew up with a mom who baked Snickerdoodles (they’re practically native to NJ) and a grandma who made biscotti. This is such a lovely and easy marriage of the two! We’re making our way through them quickly, and I will definitely be making a second batch soon!
I was just describing to my husband what a snickerdoodle was. Believe it or not he never had one nor heard of one! I made these last night to give him and idea of what a snickerdoodle is. They turned out wonderful! Thanks for the super recipe.
My mother inlaw is a huge like insane huge fan of your snickerdoodle cookies, I’m not allowed to visit without them and when I show people come out the wood work. She would love these! Thank you!
I’m not a big fan of biscotti but these look amazing!
Holy shizz. The perfect combo!! Cannot wait to make these!
I am making these this weekend in honor of our cat, Snickerdoodle. Can’t wait to try them! Thank you!
I LOVE biscotti. I made it as gifts last Christmas. Hadn’t thought of doing a cinnamon version though, so thank you!
I absolutely love biscottis! This recipe seems like a really good one to make for my morning coffee! I will definitely try this recipe out soon!
i’m not normally a huge fan of biscotti (mostly because I don’t drink coffee so no dunking = very crunch cookies) but I love a snickerdoodle version. Yours look fantastic!
Mmm love the look of this!
The perfect recipe to warm up a chilly kitchen on a rather wet dreary Pittsburgh afternoon. I am on these ASAP! And I second the request for a pumpkin biscotti. How delicious that sounds this time of year too :) YUM!
Love these! I can eat biscotti way too easy with a nice americano!!
Oh this sounds wonderful! Must make for my mom ASAP!
Looks too good and amazing.. thanks for the recipe :)
Love this version of Biscotti!!
What a fun variation on biscotti! These look scrumptious :)
What a wonderful treat to have growing up! I love biscotti — it doesn’t get much better than homemade biscotti with a good cup of coffee.
I love biscotti! It’s my favorite cookie to eat in the winter with hot cocoa or coffee (love the cups you use, too). This sounds like a really simple flavor that pairs well with whatever I would be happening to drink.
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Awesome. I will bake a batch today!!! I am baking today and these are being added to my list!
These look great….when is a pumpkin biscotti going to show up!
I really enjoyed your story – and that your grandmother had some biscotti on reserve! I’ve only made biscotti once, but I’ll have to change that and try these. They are beautiful!
Love the snickerdoodle flavor in these biscotti! I wish I had one to dip in my morning coffee!
Genius! Can’t wait to make these. :)
Oh wow. Just wait til I show these to my mom. She’s the queen of biscotti… they look so, so scrumptious.
Walnut studded, butternut flavored biscotti..I just cried a little… :-) They sound absolutely outstanding.
I just love your posts. Look forward to them everyday. :-) The question is, does this mean that Duke and Einstein get a little piece of biscotti? :-)
Einstein and Duke don’t get any biscotti ;-) Einstein needs to lose a few pounds, and we’re trying to not introduce any table food to Duke so he doesn’t become a beggar :)
can’t wait to bake, biscotti, nothing like biscotti dunk in coffee.
yum! My grandmother never made biscotti, haha…although she did often have molasses cookies around.
My question is this: what makes these specifically snickerdoodle biscotti, as opposed to just being cinnamon sugar ones? I thought one of the main snickerdoodle attributes was cream of tartar…or am I confusing my baked goods? Which is entirely possible.
These look so good! Perfect for a snack on a cold day xo
Gosh, now you got me hankering for one of these biscuits now! I have made these in ages but I remember how good they were with a black coffee. Such a sweet story; I used to feed the neighbourhood cat too as something fun (as not allowed to own a pet), good times.
I love snicker doodle-anything, perfect biscotti flavor!