Cook with Your Kids: Biscotti

I don’t bake often but when I do, you can bet that it’ll be something I can dip in my coffee. This biscotti recipe comes from The Food Network’s Anna Olson. I really enjoy how her show is structured. She starts with a basic principle or method and then builds more complex dishes from there. She makes it look so easy with her Kitchenaid mixer and double oven that I decided to try her biscotti recipe.

I made these to give to people during Christmas and it’s becoming a household staple. Our little Beast Mode loves eating it as much as she loves helping to make it.

Adapted from Anna Olson’s Classic Cranberry Almond Biscotti


¾ cup granulated sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

2 tbsp orange zest or zest from another citrus

¾ tsp almond extract

¾ cup raw almonds

½ cup dried blueberries

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp fine salt


Preheat oven to 325 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Measure the ingredients and assist your toddler in throwing it in a large mixing bowl.

Take turns whisking the sugar, oil, eggs, orange zest and almond extract with your toddler. Then pour in the almonds and dried blueberries and stir the mixture together. 

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and add this to the wet mixture until it’s completely blended. I let my toddler flip the switch on the stand mixer. I tell her that it’s her job to supervise the mixer and monitor the dough.

Together, we pour out the mixture on the baking sheet to make two logs.

*The original recipe says to shape dough but I found the dough to be so sticky and tough to shape. It didn’t affect the final product. I also skipped the egg wash step because I didn’t want to use the additional egg.

Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.

Cool the logs on a tray then slice the logs into cookies just over 3 cm thick.

Place them back on the baking tray and bake them in the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes until they’re lightly brown.

While the biscotti bakes for a second time, put on a pot of coffee and get ready to enjoy your homemade biscotti fresh out of the oven. Oh and don’t forget a cup of hot chocolate for your little assistant.

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