Cardamom Pecan Biscotti

For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to make homemade biscotti. Now I don’t drink coffee that often, and when I do, I rarely eat biscotti. But, these Italian cookies are so tasty and versatile that I thought making a batch would be fun. And, if I’m being completely honest, I wanted to make my own biscotti for use in a future recipe that I’ll post later in February. I used an amalgamation of biscotti recipes I found online because I couldn’t find one specifically for a cardamom pecan version. Below is an approximation of the recipes mashed together.

Cardamom Pecan Biscotti
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. shelled green cardamom from pods
1 1/3 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
Sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla and both types of cardamom. By hand, stir in pecans until combined.

Place dough onto floured work surface and divide in half. Shape each piece into 12 x 2 inch flattened logs and transfer onto baking sheets. Brush each log slightly with water and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 35 minutes until lightly brown. Cool for 10 minutes and reduce oven to 300 degrees. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2 inch to 1 inch slices, depending on how fat and squatty you like your biscotti. Arrange the slices cut side down on baking sheets. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Take the cookies out, flip them over, and bake for another 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ceciliag
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:07:15

    I love biscotti and am determined to make some very soon, these look great! c

  2. mary
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:16:38

    I’ve never made biscotti but always mean too! I love your flavorings here – really delicious
    mary x

  3. promenadeplantings
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:18:26

    The cardamom flavour definitely appeals to me!

  4. Three-Cookies
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:34:58

    I made biscotti once, loved it, don’t know why I don’t make it often enough.

  5. Eileen
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:49:42

    I never even thought of cardamom biscotti. Ooooooooh! Aaaaaaaah!

  6. kitchen flavours
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:06:32

    Biscotti has been on my list like forever! Yours looks wonderful! Perfect with coffee!

  7. thekalechronicles
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:08:43

    You are living up to your name today, Yummy. I love cardamom — did it work to use the seeds without crushing them? I have always crushed them except for when I put them in chai.

  8. Kristen
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:08:55

    I am sure that those smelled SO good while baking. I really like the flavor of cardamom.

  9. Liz
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:19:35

    Oh, I can’t wait to see what you make with these beauties….perfectly done!

  10. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:31:39

    Biscotti are probably my favorite cookie/biscuits, and yours with the cardamom sound so unusual…and tasty!

  11. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:34:15

    Mmmmmmmm…I just love biscotti paired with a cappuccino!

  12. spicegirlfla
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:45:05

    You know I love my biscotti! And what a fabulous combination of cardamon and pecans!! I’ll be making these very soon for my biscotti jar!!

  13. foodfashionandflow
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:48:50

    I love biscotti and I know the cardamom adds an extra special dimension of flavor. It is such a flavorful spice

  14. Cher
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 10:02:28

    If it has cardamom it has to be good…
    These look great.

  15. Anita Menon
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 10:05:20

    Yay! you posted the biscotti recipe you wrote in your comments on my blog! They look fab. Pecan and cardamom – sounds fascinating.

  16. Alice
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 10:28:56

    I tried to make gingerbread biscotti back in December and it was not quite hard enough and I think it needed to be baked a bit longer at a higher temperature. My temps were a bit different from yours and even after baking mine for a bit longer, they had hard edges and a soft interior and then began to burn. 😦
    Glad you had better luck than me! πŸ™‚

  17. InCucinaDaME
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 10:57:01

    I have a bag of pecans left from Thanksgiving maybe….

    Love your pics too

  18. forgottenbeast
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 11:16:27

    I love the flavor of cardamom, but so few recipes call for it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen green cardamom, but I have a feeling it would be equally delicious.

  19. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 12:12:22

    These look great. I drink coffee but I usually dunk my biscotti in milk. Don’t laugh!

  20. sara
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 12:37:39

    Yum, I’m totally addicted to cardamom, it’s so tasty! These biscotti look so delicious. πŸ™‚

  21. alex
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 12:41:03

    Your food looks more and more delicious all the time, do you feel like you have learnt lots through doing a food blog? I feel like I have. These look amazing.

  22. Andi Winslow
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 15:09:02

    Oh my gosh, look so good. I have that same idea, I have never made them before and I think I should give it a try. Nice post I am not a coffee or tea drinker either, so I’ll have my dunked in milk…………………andi

  23. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 15:31:35

    I love that you used cardamon in biscotti. Just something a little bit different. I do love my coffee and biscotti always fits the bill perfectly as it’s not overly sweet and perfect for dunking. These look marvellous!

  24. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 16:17:21

    I am not a huge biscotti person, but with all these wonderful biscotti photos and recipes, I think I may turn into a biscotti lover FAST lol. Love how these turned out

  25. bakingaddict
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 16:42:05

    These look great. Perfect with tea or coffee πŸ™‚

  26. thebigfatnoodle
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 17:34:58

    I’m not a big biscotti fan as I find them a bit too dry but these look amazing!

  27. Simply Life
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 19:41:38

    oh these look amazing- what a great flavor!

  28. JasmyneTea
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 19:43:22

    Lol, fat and squatty, I like it! Great flavor combo, I’ve always loved cardamom in sweets πŸ™‚

  29. Kathy
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 19:49:17

    YC, Your biscotti came out perfect! Looks like your enjoying your new kitchen! I love the flavor of Cardamon…these have to taste wonderful!

  30. saffronandhoney
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:12:24

    Oh, these look just beautiful! It’s definitely tea time (I am still on Aus time haha)!

  31. Elaine
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:14:50

    These look so good! I haven’t made biscotti in awhile mostly because John keeps bringing home the big box of Nonni biscotti from Costco. They are good, but homemade is so much better.

  32. Ronda
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:28:59

    Those look so decadent! I adore cardamom.

  33. Sue/the view from great island
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:59:57

    Cardamom is such an under appreciated spice, Your photo makes me want to sit down right now with a few of these and a cup of tea.

  34. Bright and Sassy
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 22:13:23

    this looks delicious! and the red pepper hummus below looks amaz too!

  35. Asmita
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 22:22:54

    This biscotti looks perfect! Wish I could have some with my morning coffee.

  36. Bizzy
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 22:25:31

    Beautiful biscotti. You did a good job taking from here and there to make your own cookie.

  37. Terra
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 23:26:46

    I adore cardamom, it is one of those spices not used nearly enough:-) Your biscotti looks fantastic! Hugs, Terra

  38. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:49:43

    hi yummy chunklet… wow! a spicy biscotti…thats great, sure would love to share your innovative recipe.. they look cool too. thanks, i bookmarked. have a nice day

  39. hotlyspiced
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 04:10:31

    What beautiful biscotti. And I love the way you have styled it. I think that would be absolutely delicious.

  40. peachkins
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 08:01:57

    I’m sure this is very fragrant

  41. sally
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 08:30:12

    I love the flavor of cardamom, but don’t use it in enough recipes. I’ll have to try these biscotti.

  42. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 09:58:24

    I like the combination of cardamom and pecans – what a great idea for biscotti!

  43. katyarich
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 15:48:03

    wow, beautifully done!… inspire me, have a great weekend, katya

  44. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 19:30:10

    I love cardamon and need to buy some now! You have been baking up a storm with the cookies, motivating me to bake something special!

  45. Ryan
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 19:50:38

    Ooo these look so good– you can just tell they are good and crunchy. I’ve always wanted to try making biscotti but have yet to try. This combination of flavors sounds great!

  46. Betty
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 21:35:40

    Mmm…Biscotti are so good with a cup of coffee! I love the sound of the pecans and cardamom- I wish I had some of them for my breakfast tomorrow! πŸ™‚

  47. cindyrina
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 01:27:15

    ah! so nice to eat it with my favorite latte

  48. Jay
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 07:20:36

    lovely recipe …very tempting..
    Tasty Appetite

  49. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 18:22:58

    Oh – these look terrific! I am really enjoying cardamom lately and I bet these are delicious!

  50. Baker Street
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 01:33:43

    You know I am yet to bake biscotti. Just never got around to baking any! Cardamom and pecan are an excellent combination, I’ve tried it with shortbread bet the biscotti tastes just as delicious.

  51. Janet Rudolph
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 18:17:30

    Heaven. I’ve never met a biscotti I didn’t love, and these sound heavenly!

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