Crunchy Goodness: Make These Pecan-Caramel Biscotti Yours!

Imagine waking up to the sweet aroma of freshly-baked biscotti with the perfect balance of pecans and caramel. This pecan-caramel biscotti recipe is the ultimate indulgence for any breakfast lover or dessert enthusiast. As a baker, I have always been fascinated by Italian cookies, and biscotti has been one of my all-time favorites.

The inspiration for this recipe came from trying to make an even better version of two classic biscotti recipes – pecan biscotti and salted caramel biscotti. The combination of these flavors takes the traditional Italian cookie to new heights, creating a sweet, crunchy texture that is hard to resist.

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the nutty crunch of pecans, the smoothness of caramel, and the delicious taste of freshly-baked biscuits. The great thing about it is that you don’t need to be an experienced baker to make it!

So, whether you want to dip them in your morning tea or coffee or just have them as a snack throughout the day, this pecan-caramel biscotti recipe will satisfy your cravings with every bite. Keep reading as we dive into why you’ll love this recipe, its ingredient list, instructions on how to make it perfect every single time, variations, serving suggestions, and much more. Get ready to indulge in sweet bliss with every crunchy bite of our pecan-caramel biscotti recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pecan-Caramel Biscotti
Pecan-Caramel Biscotti

Listen up, folks! This recipe is sure to knock your socks off. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or someone who’s just starting out, this pecan-caramel biscotti recipe is perfect for you. Let me tell you why you’ll absolutely adore it.

First of all, picture this: a sweet crunchy biscotti with the perfect balance of caramel and pecans. It’s like biting into a piece of heaven. The buttery biscuit combined with the rich flavors of caramel and nuttiness of pecans create an irresistible taste that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. Are you in the mood for some turtle biscotti? Just add some chocolate and drizzle with caramel sauce. Want something classic? Stick to the base recipe and enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Plus, with substitutions and variations outlined in the recipe, there are endless possibilities to customize it according to your liking.

Moreover, this biscotti is perfect for those on-the-go days. Unlike regular cookies or cakes, these bad boys can be stored for weeks without going stale. You can make them ahead of time, store them in an air-tight container, and enjoy them whenever you want.

And let’s not forget about how easy it is to make! With simple ingredients such as butter, flour, sugar, eggs, pecans and more detailed in the ingredient list, it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or hard-to-find products. You don’t need to be an experienced baker to create this masterpiece at home; just follow the recipe guidelines.

So go ahead and give it a try! Trust me, once you’ve tasted these pecan-caramel biscottis, you’ll never go back to store-bought cookies again.

Ingredient List

 A warm cup of coffee and a few slices of our Pecan-Caramel Biscotti are the perfect way to start your morning!
A warm cup of coffee and a few slices of our Pecan-Caramel Biscotti are the perfect way to start your morning!

Let’s take a look at all the ingredients you’ll need for this Pecan-Caramel Biscotti Recipe:

  • Water: This is used to help form the caramel sauce.
  • Eggs: Large eggs will provide structure to the biscotti dough.
  • Unsalted Butter: Room temperature unsalted butter is needed to make the dough.
  • Cinnamon: A small amount of cinnamon adds delicious warmth and depth of flavor.
  • Salt: Just a pinch is necessary to balance flavors.
  • Baking Powder: The rising agent in this recipe. Make sure it’s fresh.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetness is added to the biscotti dough with granulated sugar.
  • Pecan Meal: Ground pecans give these biscotti a lovely nutty flavor and crisp texture.
  • Unbleached All-Purpose Flour: This type of flour creates a tender yet sturdy biscotti.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds depth of flavor and moisture to the caramel sauce.
  • Caramel Candied Pecans: These sweet crunchy nuggets are key in creating that classic pecan-caramel taste.
  • King Arthur Flour Salted Caramel Bits: This shortcut ingredient saves you time from making extra caramel sauce.
  • Chocolate Chips/Turtle Candy Melts: Optional components for when you want to add some extra indulgence to your biscotti.

The Recipe How-To

 Enjoy a little afternoon treat with our crunchy and sweet Pecan-Caramel Biscotti.
Enjoy a little afternoon treat with our crunchy and sweet Pecan-Caramel Biscotti.

Mixing the Dough

To begin with, I preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a large bowl, I whisk together 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Next, I cream 1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature with 1 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Then, I add in 2 large eggs, one at a time, followed by 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. To this mixture, I gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are just mixed in.

Finally, it is time to add the star ingredients that give these biscotti their delicious flavor and crunch. I fold in 2 cups of pecan meal or finely ground pecans and about a cup of caramel candied pecans.

Baking Instructions

After mixing the dough well, it should be divided into two portions. Each portion is shaped into a log, approximately 9 inches long by 4 inches wide on the prepared baking sheet.

Next, I bake the logs for about 25-30 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Once done baking, they should be left to cool on the baking sheet for at least ten minutes before slicing.

Afterwards, reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C). Then use a sharp knife to cut the logs at an angle into 3/4 inch slices before returning them back to the parchment-lined baking sheet cut side down. The sliced biscotti should be baked for approximately another 15-20 minutes. Finally, let them cool completely before serving or decorating as desired!

Substitutions and Variations

 Friends are like Pecan-Caramel Biscotti, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all bring joy to your life!
Friends are like Pecan-Caramel Biscotti, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all bring joy to your life!

Ah, the beauty of baking is in the flexibility of recipe design. You can always substitute or add whatever ingredients suit your tastes or dietary preferences. Here are a few ideas to experiment with:

– Gluten-free: You can make this biscotti gluten-free by swapping the unbleached all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. I recommend using King Arthur’s measure for measure gluten-free flour so that we don’t sacrifice the texture and flavor of the original recipe.

– Candies: If you’re big on sweets, try substituting the pecans for another type of nut like almonds or walnuts, then stir in some candied pecan or maple pecan pieces. For a real indulgence, you can also mix in some chocolate chips or chopped chocolate turtle candies.

– Caramel variations: If you enjoy caramel in any shape or form, I suggest drizzling on some bourbon caramel sauce atop your biscotti, along with a sprinkle of sea salt. Or go one step further and swap out the usual caramel bits we use for the filling with salted caramel macchiato pieces.

– Chocolate additions: The biscotti already has pecans and caramel bits, but if you crave more chocolate (who wouldn’t?), you can dip the tips of your baked biscotti into melted chocolate, sprinkle crushed chocolate turtle candies over them, or stir in some chocolate chunks into your dough before baking.

Remember to adjust your baking time/temperature accordingly based on the substitutions and additions made so that your biscotti come out perfectly every time!

Serving and Pairing

 Treat yourself to a little bit of heaven with a plate full of our irresistible Pecan-Caramel Biscotti.
Treat yourself to a little bit of heaven with a plate full of our irresistible Pecan-Caramel Biscotti.

Now that your pecan-caramel biscotti are baked and ready to eat, let’s talk about how to serve them. These sweet, crunchy treats are perfect for pairing with a hot beverage such as coffee, tea or hot cocoa. The strong, rich flavor of coffee or the gentle aroma of tea complements the unique nuttiness of the pecans and the sweetness of the caramel perfectly.

Dipping these biscotti into a warm mug full of your favorite beverage is a delightful way to savor their flavors. If you’d like to take it a step further, consider adding some extra flavors to your cup. For example, if you’re a chocolate lover, try pairing these biscotti with a hot chocolate made with melted chocolate chips or garnished with cocoa powder. If you prefer something more exotic, go for salted caramel macchiato or just a simple latte.

A small plate of these crunchy biscuits also makes a wonderful presentation alongside other desserts and pastries during dinner parties or on dessert tables. You can elevate their flavors by serving them with toppings like candied pecans or drizzling with additional caramel sauce.

For those in search of an alcoholic accompaniment to these sweet treats, consider bourbon caramel or maple pecan flavored drinks that will bring out the nutty and sweet notes of your homemade pecan-caramel biscotti.

However you decide to serve these biscotti, their presence will always be felt like no other Italian cookie (biscotti). Trust me; everyone will ask for another piece!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A little crunch, a little sweetness, and a whole lot of deliciousness in every bite of our
A little crunch, a little sweetness, and a whole lot of deliciousness in every bite of our

When it comes to biscotti, one of the best things about them is that they store surprisingly well. This recipe for pecan-caramel biscotti is no exception. Once your biscotti have cooled and dried, you can store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks. This means you can make them well before any gathering or event without worrying about them going stale.

If you want to be even more efficient, you can make a large batch of dough and freeze it for later use. Simply shape the dough into logs as instructed in Step 5 of the recipe, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to bake, simply let the logs thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

To reheat your biscotti, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place your biscotti on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly crisp again. These sweet crunchy treats are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea, or as a quick snack any time of day.

Additionally, you can use this recipe for variations such as bourbon caramel pecan and chocolate turtle biscotti. The caramel bits and candied pecans add crunchiness and sweetness while giving a unique touch to your biscotti. Remember that these variations can also be stored using the same method as the pecan-caramel biscotti variation.

In summary, this pecan-caramel biscotti recipe is perfect for those who want to approach baking with time efficiency. Both make-ahead and storing can give you more than enough time if you’re planning on making larger batches for future consumption. And if you need to reheat your biscotti – no worries – they will still taste like they have just come out of the oven!

Tips for Perfect Results

When making pecan-caramel biscotti, it’s essential to follow the recipe instructions precisely to achieve perfect results. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Firstly, make sure your butter is at room temperature. Softened butter is easier to mix and blend with other ingredients than cold, hard butter. Also, while preparing the caramel sauce, mix the sugar, salt and water thoroughly in a pot before heating. This helps to prevent crystallization and ensures a smooth caramel consistency.

Secondly, take care when adding eggs to your mixture. Adding one egg at a time keeps your dough intact and helps you incorporate all ingredients for a uniform texture.

Thirdly, use fresh baking powder. Pay attention to the expiry date since old baking powder can cause biscotti to be flat or heavy.

Fourthly, toast pecans before using them if possible. Toasting brings out their natural oils, which elevates their flavor profile.

Fifthly, stir unbleached all-purpose flour before measuring it out. Sifted flour has more air in it and may result in measurement inaccuracies.

Finally, don’t overmix your dough. Overmixing leads to a tough dough that produces hard biscotti pieces. Remember also that biscotti will become crispier once they cool after their second baking stage. Therefore, it should take you no longer than two minutes each side during the second baking process.

With these tips in mind, get ready to enjoy sweet crunchy caramel biscotti with toasted pecans dipped in more culinary fantasies like bourbon caramel, maple pecan or chocolate turtle!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are a fan of sweet and crunchy treats that pair well with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea, you absolutely must try this Pecan-Caramel Biscotti recipe. With its caramel candied pecans and salted caramel sauce, this biscotti exudes decadence while still remaining humble and simple. Plus, it is incredibly versatile—you can switch up the nuts or add chocolate chips to create flavor combinations that work best for you. And with our detailed step-by-step instructions and helpful tips and substitutions, even if you are a baking novice, you can confidently make this recipe at home. So go ahead, grab your apron and your mixing bowls, and get ready to indulge in some truly delightful biscotti. You won’t regret it!

Pecan-Caramel Biscotti

Pecan-Caramel Biscotti Recipe

Biscotti is sturdy enough to take to a picnic, but elegant enough to serve at a buffet. This yummy version has the rich taste of caramel. Adapted from the King Arthur flour people.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Breads, European, Fruit, Nuts, Quick Breads
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5 dozen
Calories: 450.4kcal


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan meal (or grind up pecans to a fine meal)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 2 large eggs (use 1 whole egg and 1 yolk for the dough and save the remaining white for the glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup caramel-flavored bits (or butterscotch chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add the butter and mix until evenly crumbly. Beat in the egg, egg yolk and water. Add the chips and stir just until they're evenly distributed.
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface. Divide the dough into three portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough into a log about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the logs on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly, leaving 2 inches between them.
  • Lightly beat the egg white with 2 teaspoons of water. Brush this glaze over the tops of the logs.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until they're lightly browned. Remove from the oven, and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Slice them into 3/4-inch thick slices on the diagonal, place them cut-side down on the baking sheet, and return them back to the oven to bake for 10-15 more minutes, until they're crisp and lightly browned.
  • Allow to cool, then dip an end in melted chocolate, if desired.
  • Yield: about 5 dozen.

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Serving: 608g | Calories: 450.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.6g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 16.3g | Saturated Fat: 9.4g | Cholesterol: 121.2mg | Sodium: 316.1mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 30.3g

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