Posted by: Jayme | December 10, 2008

Favorite Cookie Recipe

Welcome Faith and Family friends!

My favorite cookie to make and share around the holidays is my family’s biscotti recipe.  It came from one of my Italian immigrant great-grandmother.  I received it from my grandmother at my bridal shower.  (The directions have been modified slightly to accommodate modern measurements and cooking methods.)

Christina’s Biscotti

2 sticks of butter
1 3/4 cup of sugar
6 eggs
1 small bottle anise oil or 3 TBSP vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
6 cups of flour

1 cup sliced almonds or walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Cream butter and sugar with mixer
Mix in eggs 1 at a time
Add anise or vanilla
Gradually blend in baking powder, flour, nuts (if using)
Mix with hands, then remove to clean, flat work surface and knead
Shape into 2 long loaves
Line a half sheet cookie pan with foil
Place loaves long ways on cookie sheet
Flatten loaves with hand
Bake for 35 minutes
Cool slightly
Pull foil off, with loaves still on it
Slice loaves into cookies (about 1 inch wide)
Lay cookies on their side on the now foil-free cookie sheet
Toast cookies for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes
Turn cookies to the other side, and toast for 3-5 minutes

These cookies keep very well in a paper bag (lunch bags or grocery) in a cool, dry place.  While I know that they last for a long time, I’m not sure how long.  I’ve never had any around long enough to be bad.

If you’d like more favorite cookie recipes from mom bloggers, visit Faith and Family Live.



  1. Yummy! I love biscotti. I’ve seen a recipe very much like this one except you add pistachios and cranberries to make it appear festive for Christmas. Thank you for sharing.


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