Almond Biscotti*

I am starting a support group for anyone who accidentally purchases grocery store items. Sure, it’s not as big a need as say Alcoholics Anonymous, but if you have ever gotten home and realized you bought the wrong item, you know exactly how frustrating it is.

Sometimes I buy items I didn’t really mean to buy. Ok, yes, I put those oreo’s in my cart. …but I totally meant to dump them on an end-cap before getting to the checkout line. But sometimes, it’s really something I didn’t want and didn’t mean to grab. Like instead of condensed milk, I grab evaporated milk. Or I write down canned pumpkin on my list, but instead grab the can of pumpkin pie filling because all I saw was the bright colored pumpkin.

A few months ago, I committed my worst offense yet. Instead of Almond Paste, I grabbed a can of Solo Almond Cake & Pastry Filling. Totally NOT the same thing. Not even close. So after months of it sitting in my pantry, I decided it was time I used it. I opened the can and stared for a good 5 minutes before I decided to try to make a biscotti with it. It’s one of Jorge’s favorite cookies…and really, what’s the worst that can happen?

Apparently nothing that bad, because it was a total success! The biscotti were delicious and full of almond flavor. They were the perfect texture and a fun way to spice up my morning coffee. I may or may not have even had a couple with milk before bed.

Who was surprised? ME! Who loved the biscotti and had one every day with his latte? Jorge! Who’s here for you when you accidentally buy almond filling instead of almond paste? This girl! You’re welcome.


Almond Biscotti

Yield: 28 Biscotti


  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (12.5 oz) can Solo Almond Cake & Pastry Filling
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, optional


Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar for 2 minutes. Mix in eggs and almond filling. Add flour mixture and mix until well blended.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 14-inch (long) by 6-inch (wide) log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheets. Press sliced almonds into the top of both logs.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F. Cool logs completely on cooling rack, about 25 minutes.

Drop the temperature to 300°F and using a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally 1-inch wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Flip biscotti over and bake an additional 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

Serve with a cup of tea, coffee or milk! Stores for over a week in an airtight container.

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33 Responses to “Almond Biscotti”

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    amy @ uTryIt — September 12, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    What a nice way to turn the “wrong” ingredient into something scrumptious. :) Yes, I’m that girl who makes that offense all the time. My hubby always tease me for not reading the labels but just looking at the color and pictures on a product. hehehe…glad to know I’m not the only one out there. Now, I need to go hunt down that almond cake filling to make these biscottis!

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    Cassie — September 12, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    I always wonder how those Oreo’s and ice cream end up in my cart too. Although we never have any trouble devouring them! I love what you made out of your mistake purchase. These are stunning!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 12, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Ive never made biscotti but I sure have bought the wrong product by mistake….all the time! Or things end up in my cart impulse-buy style.

    This looks fabulous!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 12, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    UMMM I just bought sesame oil yesterday instead of PEANUT oil and I’m still po’d. Maybe you should just make me these so I’ll feel better. Coo? Coo.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 12, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    This looks pure fabulous! I love a good biscotti recipe and yours is lovely!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 12, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    I totally need to get my hands on some solo almond cake & pastry filling so I can make this. Biscotti is one of my favorite things ever but I still haven’t had a chance to make them (from scratch) yet!

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    Manderley — September 13, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    It’s perfect!!!!


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 13, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    Ugh I know the feeling. That’s what happened when I bought pistachios and got home to find out they were salted and without shells – not at all what I wanted. I meant to make biscotti last year but never got around to it… maybe this year it’ll happen!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — September 13, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Man I haven’t made biscotti in YEARS! I know no one in my family would go for it but the Mr’s co-workers would love to dunk them in their morning coffee!

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    addie @ culicurious — September 13, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Great recipe. Very creative way to get rid of an accidental purchase :)

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    TheCubanFoodBlog — September 13, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    The best recipes are the accidental ones! Here, In what passes for the Cuban version of a supermarket, I pick up almost everything I can afford to buy, but on purpose. Because you just don’t know when you’ll be seeing it again. I’ve had to become adept at inventing. I dream of being able to find almond paste or almond cake and pastry filling or for that matter even almonds would be good.

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    Annamaria — September 13, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    You certainly made the best of the wrong purchase. The biscotti look awesome.

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    Annalise — September 14, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I so wish I had one of these to dunk into my coffee right now. I bet they made your house smell divine!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 14, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    Biscotti is a family favorite for me. Dipped in coffee, I am just in heaven! I have never used that pastry filling, but it looks like you put it to good use!

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    Joy — September 15, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    The biscotti looks wonderful.

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    sunidhi — September 15, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Hi, This looks very yummy and mouth watering. definitely i will try and let u know. you have described it really good anyone can follow it . thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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    Katie from Katie's Cucina — September 15, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Glad to read I’m not alone in buying the wrong ingredients! I’m sure Jorge is happy you bought the wrong ingredients and made these for him!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — September 16, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    Those sure are some picture perfect biscotti!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — September 17, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Not only did you manage to use up an accidental pantry item, but you also made beautiful biscotti! Seriously, beautiful!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 18, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    While you are at that meeting, I’ll be next door at the support meeting for people who accidentally steal from the grocery. Both times though it was Elliott’s fault. 😉 You see his carseat/carrier is SO DAMN BIG, once it’s in the cart there’s only room for like 5 things. Twice in one week I accidentally stole a packet of cheese slices from Kroger, and a bag of coffee from Target, because they were hidden under/next to him. I didn’t notice until all the groceries were loaded in my car and I lifted his car seat out. But ya know, those two stores get the majority of my money, so it evens out.

    SIde note, this biscotti looks divine! I’ve never made biscotti, but then again I drink iced coffee 90% of the time because that’s what Nathan likes. Occasionally if I get a cappuccino from a coffee shop I might get a biscotti.

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    Rachel @ Following In My Shoes — September 18, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    I adore biscotti — and the photos are absolutely beautiful. I want that little bird!

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    MaryMoh — September 19, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    I’m drooling looking at your picture. I’d have so much fun dunking the biscotti into the coffee. Oh…how I want that now!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 19, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    Now that is impressive – really not sure what I would have come up with that filling. Hate when I buy the wrong thing!

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    Elodie Amora — September 20, 2012 @ 3:45 am

    This is my husband’s favorite but for some reason I’ve always been intimated to make some at home!

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    Pam C — September 20, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I did the exact same thing and bought the almond filling meaning to buy the almond paste. I love biscotti for in the car on the way to school in the morning or a mid-morning snack, will be making these soon.

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    torviewtoronto — September 21, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    looks fabulous deliciously done

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    Erin — September 27, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    oh my gosh I’ve totally done this! I bought a random bag of black rice totally by accident that I still haven’t used. Maybe It’s time I found a use for it.. you have inspired me..

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    Debra — September 29, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Those look perfect!

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    Mary Ann — March 24, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    OMG I do the same thing – I am known for my Biscotti’s for my daughters wedding a couple of weeks ago I had to make 600 and only a few were left, which was great I had them with my coffee in the morning. I have purchased pumpkin in the can for pumpkin pie and always over purchase, well low and behold I made pumpkin biscotti’s and the family loved it. Just substitute the flavor of almond with vanilla and add a little more flour and they are out of this world..

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    Stephanie — April 28, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I recently stumbled upon this recipe, and in an ironic turn of events grabbed almond paste instead of almond filling. I decided to go for it and use it anyway. It’s the oven now…I’ll let you know how it turns out! Novice Chef doesn’t even begin to describe me 😉

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — December 13, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    I made these almond biscotti and they are the best tasting biscotti I’ve ever had! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    I posted about it on my blog today:

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