Biscotti studded with amaretto-soaked golden raisins and slivered almonds are the perfect addition to your holiday baking list. They are perfect for cookie exchanges and they hold up really well when shipping to far away friends and family. If you are a biscotti lover, try this gingerbread biscotti too!
I’m not a huge fan of raisins, but golden raisins are another story. Their flavor is milder and fruitier than regular raisins, making them an excellent choice for both baking and cooking. Paired with toasted almonds, this biscotti is full of flavor.
Because this recipe has a bit of liquid, fruit and butter, it is less dry than most biscotti. It is still very crunchy, but one thing it is most decidedly not, is dry. I sprinkled the top with a mixture of coarse sugar and flake sea salt for extra crunch.
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what’s the difference between golden raisins and regular raisins
All raisins, both golden and brown, are made from green seedless grapes. The difference comes from how they are dried. Brown or regular raisins are dried for weeks in the sun, giving them a deep color.
Golden raisins are dried in big dehydrators with controlled temperatures and controlled humidity. The result is a plumper, fruitier, milder raisin. They also have a better texture than regular raisins, which makes them the preferred raisin as far as I’m concerned.
golden raisins substitute
Golden raisins, or sultanas, can be substituted with regular raisins. The flavor isn’t quite the same, but it is the easiest substitute if you can’t find golden raisins.
The golden raisins are soaked in warm amaretto, but if you prefer to keep it kid-friendly, you can use hot water to soak them. Some of the alcohol will bake off and there isn’t much to begin with, but you can omit it if you are concerned.
can you freeze biscotti
Absolutely! Biscotti freezes really well, actually. To store biscotti in the freezer, place pieces of parchment paper between them and store in an airtight container. If you’ve found they’ve become less crispy when they’ve thawed (and they might!), warm them in a 300°F oven for 15 minutes.
Another option is to freeze the dough and bake fresh biscotti from the frozen made ahead dough.
how to make golden raisin almond biscotti
Making biscotti isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit more time than a batch of drop cookies. Because the biscotti are baked twice, the whole process will take you a little over an hour. It is well worth the time, because these cookies are divine.
You’ll need a couple of mixing bowls, a whisk, a rubber spatula and a lined baking sheet.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, butter, amaretto-soaked golden raisins, vanilla, almonds and eggs.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until combined.
- Let dough chill for 30 – 45 minutes.
- Shape dough into two rectangles, egg wash and sprinkle with sugar mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool, then slice and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
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• I used Maldon salt mixed with turbinado sugar for a crunchy topping full of texture and the sweet/salty combination. DO NOT use iodized table salt and regular granulated sugar – it will not result in the same crunchy texture.
• Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat like a silpat. Amazonbasics has a silicone baking mat set that is a very budget-friendly option. I baked this recipe once with parchment and once with a silpat. Both gave me excellent results, but I might lean ever so slightly towards the silpat.
• I highly recommend this serrated knife for slicing your biscotti. The blade is sturdy, yet thin enough to slice through delicate biscotti dough without breaking it. I use this knife constantly.
• The recipe calls for melted and cooled butter. When recipe testing, I was impatient and didn’t wait for my butter to cool properly. It was almost a disaster – don’t be me. Follow directions.
• As with every recipe, read it through before you begin and make sure you have all of your ingredients! I tell you this because it has happened to me more often that I care to tell you.
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For the biscotti
For the egg wash and sugar/salt topping
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
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Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.