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Sambuca – Anise Seed Biscotti

biscottiAt the risk of offending my sister-in-law, Mary Margaret, these are the best biscotties I’ve ever had.  The sambuca soaked cherries heighten the licorice flavor of the anise seed.  This recipe is very versatile, feel free to add different dried fruits, nuts, or frost with icing or drizzled chocolate.  If the sambuca sounds overpowering to you, just substitute amaretto, bourbon, brandy, or frangelico.  No matter what you add, it always turns out great!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sambuca (amaretto, bourbon, brandy, frangelico, grand marnier, or triplesec) 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries (raisins, dates, or apricots)
  • 1 1/4 cup sliced almonds (pine-nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts)
  • 3 Tablespoons organic anise seed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sambuca, almond extract, vanilla extract, dried cherries and anise seed.  Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, almonds and salt together.  Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (4 minutes)
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  6. Add liquid mixture to the creamed butter mixture, mix until blended
  7. Add flour mixture in small increments, mixing until blended.
  8. Form dough into two logs and bake for 35 minutes on a lined cookie sheet.
  9. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and let logs cool.
  10. Cut logs into thick slices with a bread knife.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes (15 minutes per side) until dry and toasted.

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3 Responses to “Sambuca – Anise Seed Biscotti”

  1. Chris Pennella Says:

    i won these cookies @bloggers bake for hope. These are the BEST biscotti’s i have ever had in my life! My inlaws are Italian, and they were very impressed.
    Thanks again

  2. admin Says:

    Glad you enjoyed them Chris. I was worried when I packed them that the biscottis would crumble during shipment. Thanks for supporting Bloggers Bake for Hope!

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