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Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti Recipe
Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Rating: 4.0 (3 reviews)

This gargantuan coffee chain has local bakers whip up many of the pastries and baked goods you see displayed behind the glass. That means everything gets to the stores real fresh, but we also find slight variations in many of the products at Starbucks in different cities. These crunchy biscotti cookies, however, are the same at every location since they have a longer shelf life and can be made in bulk at a central bakery, then individually wrapped in plastic and shipped to each store. "Biscotti" is Italian for "twice baked." The dough is first baked as one giant rectangular cookie loaf, then the loaf is removed from the oven while it's still soft, and it's sliced. These slices are arranged on a baking sheet and cooked once again until crispy. That's how the cookies get their thin profile and crunchiness that makes them the perfect coffee-dunking pastry. These homemade biscotti cookies are actually best the next day after they completely dry out, as long as you live in a dry climate. If your weather is more humid, be sure to seal up the cookies in a tight container after they cool so that they stay crunchy.

3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Submitted on: 03/07/06
My family and friends all love this. It is easy to make and I like being able to keep some on hand for my coffee drinkers.
Submitted on: 08/23/05
There seems to be something missing in the flavor of these. It almost seems that the packaged ones you get at Starbucks are just a bit sweeter. The ones I made, following the recipe exactly just taste a little "flat". I can't even really taste the vanilla. Maybe it could use some almond extract?
Submitted on: 07/18/05
I actually made these yesterday as I was really craving biscotti and was too cheap to pay $8 a tub for them at Sam's Club. My husband thought they were terrific and better than store bought. This recipe is not expensive to clone at all and most ingredients are already in your home. I loved it!