Best Biscotti

Told you I would be back for biscotti! I just enjoyed two biscotti with a shot of decaf espresso…Italian style! The biscotti were SO good….I think they were the best I’ve ever made. Something about the texture made them really really good and addicting! I highly suggest you all try this recipe! If you are in the cookbook buying mood, I can’t say enough about “The Vegetarian Times Cooks Mediterranean”, the book I found the original recipe for the biscotti in. This is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks and everything I’ve ever made out of it has been fabulous. I have made the Olive Oil Cake out of it like 10 times now and it always gets rave reviews! My favorite dessert to bring when I’m invited anywhere!


I used real cane sugar to sweeten my espresso tonight because I realized I have already had 2 (!!!) splendas today. I really only like to have one a day, if that. Here’s my cute little sugar bowl I bought at a thrift store in Charleston…a great find!


I’m guessing my dessert was about 140 calories…could be a little more or less though, not exactly sure!

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  • Victoria
    February 1, 2008 at 12:33 am


    I’m so excited about making the biscotti. I’m going to make it tonight. We’re in the middle of a huge snow storm and I feel like baking something. How much sugar is in the recipe? I didn’t see that on the recipe page. Thanks!

  • JJ
    February 1, 2008 at 12:50 am


    I don’t see the recipe in the recipe section – I’ve actually looked for it before…am I missing it? Looks so tasty!

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 12:50 am

    SO sorry! Its 1/3 cup ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Nope its there! The first one!

  • Susan
    February 1, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Jenna, do you know if sugar alcohols can cause headaches? I know they can cause bloating.

    Also, what is meusili (sp?), it looks like cereal to me, is it more filling?

  • Mandy A
    February 1, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Hey Jenna or ladies –

    Do you possibly know any good recipes or have any thoughts of what to do with chicken cutlets? They’re the main meat on sale this week and i have to stick with sales… so looking for ideas ๐Ÿ™‚


  • VeggieGirl
    February 1, 2008 at 1:30 am

    ooh that biscotti looks sensational!! yum!! cute sugar-bowl as well :0)

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:34 am


    Yes, sugar alcohols can cause headaches in some people. If you think its what is causing your headache then I would stop using them! Some people are more sensitive than others to them. Muesli is a cereal including dried fruit, oats and sometimes nuts. Its more of a european thing I suppose but you can find it readily available here in the states, too. I think its more filling than cereal because of all the fiber thats in it…oats, fruit, nuts…a pretty filling and nutritious combo..just be careful because it does have more calories than “normal” cereal. 1/2 cup usually is about 200 calories or so.

  • ashley
    February 1, 2008 at 2:30 am

    hey jenna,
    just wondering does it really matter what time of day you eat your calories? I know it speeds up your metabolism to eat them spread throughout the day but if you ate half your daily allowance at one meal and the other half throughoul day would it make you gain weight? also what do you think of the net calories theory? where the calories you ate today are the calories ate minus the exercise calories burned, it that an accurate way to keep track of calories?

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Science has proven that it DOES NOT matter what time you eat, its WHAT you eat that matters. I don’t keep track of “exercise calories” because I dont exercise to merely burn calories…I exercise for so many more reasons than that!!!!! A lot of why I exercise is mental…I need to clear my head! Kath’s blog shows a great example of eating with net calories in mind….I would turn to hers if you want more of that. There’s not a “right” way to eat (focusing on calories or not) and different people do things differently. I focus on eating when my body is hungry and giving it what it wants in the proportion that is right for me. I only count calories on meals to show YOU all so you can get an example if you want to recreate something at home and are counting calories. If you are interested in counting calories, though, there are some websites that can do it for you (like mypyramid or I don’t really recommend that people count every single calorie from every single morsel that enters their mouth because in my experience that is a very slippery slope to not only disordered eating but also too much anxiety and stresss when food should be joy! I am not in any way saying people that count calories all have eating disorders–no way! I’m just saying you have to find out what works for you and if its counting calories, please do it with the right intention and don’t become “obsessed” as one might say. You only live once!

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I really like your view on exercise! I don’t count how many calories I burn during my workouts but the days I do work out I try to add some extra calories/snacks in there somewhere so I’m not losing weight. Counting calories for me (calories burned/eaten) would not be a good idea but for some its not a prob! Thanks again for sharing with us how you balance everything!

  • Marsha
    February 1, 2008 at 4:40 am


    I have a major sweet tooth (part of the reason I love your blog!). My problem is no matter how full I am I want dessert right after lunch and/or dinner. When I try not to eat it, I think about it until I cave and eat it anyway. My problem is, I then also want an evening snack and donโ€™t have room for both. Any suggestions? How are you able to wait a couple hours after lunch or dinner before eating dessert? Thanks!

    Iโ€™ve never seen horse whisper- Iโ€™ll put it on my to watch list!

  • Cassie
    February 1, 2008 at 4:49 am


    Often at the gym someone will be waiting behind me to use the machine I am on. I always feel so awkward and rushed because they usually are just staring at me (I donโ€™t really take rests between sets, I just donโ€™t move fast either, I used pretty controlled movements). Also, at my gym there is a small area at the gym to do push up, bosu ball, etc and barely any space. How do you deal with these gym situations?

  • Danielle
    February 1, 2008 at 4:50 am

    I love your previous response. That is a wonderful philosophy which I hope to adopt right away! How was the Horse Whisperer? I <3 that movie so so much!

  • Ruby Red Vegan
    February 1, 2008 at 5:13 am

    I have espresso every day – in the form of a soy mocha or a soy latte (I love my espresso machine, haha) – but I need to get with the program and try some homemade biscotti with it! It would greatly enhance my espresso experience, I’m sure. Your biscotti looks so golden and crispy and crunchy and perfect.

    I LOVE your sugar jar! I need one of those! I keep my sugar in those bulk bags you get at Whole Foods, and that gets so messy. I took a bag of sugar on an airplane with me during the winter break, and the jars of spices in my lunch box ripped open the sugar bag and made the biggest mess. ๐Ÿ™

  • Jill
    February 1, 2008 at 5:34 am


    I know some people who swear by splenda and believe using a whole ton of it is just fine. I have no real points against this, but find so much artificial chemicals to be a little frightening. What is your personal reason for it?

    I wish I had more time to bake! I’m always so inspired by your baking!

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm


    I always have a tiny piece of dark chocolate after every lunch and thats enough to cure my sweet tooth…after dinner I always have tea, then a light dessert about an hour later. It takes discipline!


    haha that’s funny! my advice is to just plug in your earphones and tune everyone else out! ๐Ÿ™‚


    I love tearjerkers like the horse whisperer! the book is really good too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm


    I try to limit my splenda usage to once a day because …well it is artificial and too much of it cant be good. not enough studies have been done on splenda to show if its “bad” or not…but since it isnt pure sugar and has gone through a chemical process, it isnt the best thing for our bodies.

  • Victoria
    February 1, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for posting the biscotti recipe. They turned out great! I had one with hot cocoa after shoveling this afternoon. Thanks again.

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Shelley
    February 5, 2008 at 2:16 am

    lol when I first read the title of this post I thought it said “beef biscotti” and I was SO CONFUSED. ok well more curious b/c I thought it could be some new delicious dish, but I’ll admit “best biscotti” makes much more sense. looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚