Butter Pecan Biscotti

star rating (3) rate this recipe »
Recipe photo
Hands-on time:
Baking time:
Total time:
Yield: 60 biscotti

Recipe photo

This recipe makes use of a favorite American baking ingredient — chips, in this case butterscotch. Use this recipe as a jumping off place for variations ranging from chocolate chips and walnuts; to mint chocolate and white chocolate chips (no nuts); to butter brickle and almonds — let your imagination be your guide.

Butter Pecan Biscotti

star rating (3) rate this recipe »
Hands-on time:
Baking time:
Total time:
Yield: 60 biscotti
Published: 02/03/2014


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted*
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • *See "tips," below.

Tips from our bakers

  • Toast pecans by placing them in a single layer on an ungreased pan and baking them in a preheated 350°F oven for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they smell "toasty" and are beginning to brown.


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

2) In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, shortening, and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl midway through.

3) Beat in the vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until you have a cohesive, well-blended dough.

4) Add the nuts and butterscotch chips, mixing until they're well-distributed throughout the dough.

5) Transfer the dough to a work surface. Divide it into three fairly equal pieces, and shape each piece into a rough 10" log.

6) Transfer the logs to the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 3" between each log; you may or may not need to use both baking sheets. Wet your fingers, and pat the logs into smooth-topped rectangles 10" long x 2 1/2" wide x 7/8" thick.

7) Bake the logs for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're beginning to brown around the edges. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool for 30 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 300°F.

8) Gently transfer the logs to a cutting surface, and use a serrated knife to cut them on the diagonal into 1/2"-wide slices. Because of the nuts and the nature of the dough, the biscotti at this point are prone to crumbling; just be sure to use a slow, gentle sawing motion, and accept the fact that some bits and pieces will break off. (It's the privilege of the cook to eat these warm, tasty bits and pieces as they're created.)

9) Carefully transfer the slices, cut sides up (and down) to a parchment-lined (makes cleanup easier) or ungreased baking sheet. You can crowd them together, as they won't expand further; about 1/4" breathing space is all that's required.

10) Return the biscotti to the 300°F oven, and bake them for 20 minutes. Remove them from the oven, quickly turn them over, and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until they're very dry and beginning to brown. Remove them from the oven, cool completely, and store in an airtight container.

Yield: about 60 biscotti.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 biscotti Servings Per Batch: 60 servings Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78 Calories from Fat: 37 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 44mg Total Carbohydrate: 9g Dietary Fiber: 0g Sugars: 5g Protein: 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.


  • star rating 11/24/2012
  • Marsha from San Antonio, TX
  • Delicious! I made them in the Chicago Metallic biscotti pan I bought from KAF several years ago. That recipe is 2/3 the ingredients of this recipe, but otherwise the same. Next time I make them I will cut the baking time at 300 degrees to about 15 minutes (instead of 20) each side, as they brown more quickly due to the brown sugar.
  • star rating 10/21/2012
  • from
  • I made this recipe with 1/4 cup apple sauce in place of shortening. I twice-bake them until they are firm but not completely dried; leaving a bit of moisture in the biscotti. I brought it to work and everyone raved about it, asking for the recipe!
  • star rating 12/10/2009
  • Amanda from Austin, Texas
  • Delightful - not too sweet with a good crunch. I found it a little easier to make two slightly wider logs than three. You do have to be more careful flipping slices through to keep from breaking them that way though. Parchment paper is essential, making it easy to transfer the logs out of the pan, slice and put right back in again.

Related recipes