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Easy Biscotti Recipe with Pistachios and Cardamom

  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 biscotti cookies 1x


Foolproof, easy biscotti recipe with pistachios and cardamom. Just as they should be, these are perfectly dense, crunchy Italian biscotti!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup salted, shelled, chopped pistachios
  • 3/4 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl whisk flour and baking powder.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer like this one, beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add one egg at a time, beating gently until combined.
  4. Add the pistachios, cardamom, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined
  5. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Dust the lined sheet with flour. Spoon the dough on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Adjust oven rack to middle. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Take the dough out of the fridge. Using floured hands, form a long about 12 inches long (it doesn’t need to be perfect. The dough will spread during baking).
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the dough is slightly golden, rotating baking sheet halfway through.
  10. At this point, dough should still be quite soft. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes or so. Take a serated knife and cut the log into 3/8 inch slices. Arrange the biscotti slices in one layer on the baking sheet, keep them about 1/2 inch apart.
  11. Reduce the oven heat to 275 degrees F. Bake for another 30-35 minutes, turning biscotti cookies over halfway through until crisp. Remove from heat and transfer to wire rack to cool. Store in a sealed jar. Enjoy!


  • Pro-Tip: the addition of a small amount of butter, although not traditional, produces a richer, more cookie-like texture.
  • Pro-Tip: Don’t skip refrigerating the biscotti dough for 30 minutes before baking the first time. This helps a lot as the dough can be sticky and hard to form
  • Pro-Tips for Storing:┬áBe sure biscotti are completely cooled before storing. Store in loosely covered glass jar or tin container (what the container is made of makes a difference). This is optional, but it does help, line bottom of jar or container with paper towel
  • Pro-Tip: If you don’t like cardamom, you can use a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon. You can also replace the pistachios with blanched almonds.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Biscotti, Biscotti Recipe, Easy Biscotti Recipe