Brown Butter, Cherry & Hazelnut biscotti

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Crunchy cookie lovers of the world, raise your hand! If you’re after a nice crunch, biscotti are your answer. Brown butter and Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) flavor the gloriously golden cookies, transforming ordinary biscotti into something more sophisticated.

Brown Butter, Cherry and Hazelnut Biscotti | Tutti Dolci

Sweet-tart cherries and roasted hazelnuts up the crunch factor, and since I live by “When in doubt, just add chocolate,” I went all in with a chocolate drizzle. Chocolate is always the answer.

Brown Butter, Cherry and Hazelnut Biscotti | Tutti Dolci

Brown Butter, Cherry and Hazelnut Biscotti | Tutti Dolci

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Brown Butter, Cherry & Hazelnut Biscotti

  • Yield: 30 biscotti


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Frangelico
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate


  1. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour brown butter in a large mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature. Whisk in sugar and Frangelico; whisk in eggs one at a time until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until incorporated; fold in cherries and hazelnuts. Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using moistened hands, shape dough into 2 (10-by-4-inch) loaves on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 24 minutes, until pale golden. Transfer loaves to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Using a serrated knife, cut loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheet; bake 9 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 9 minutes more or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.
  4. Place chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Transfer chocolate to a small piping bag and drizzle over biscotti; let set before serving. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


  • Calories: 140


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  1. I love a good crunchy cookie for dunking in tea or coffee! I haven’t made biscotti in years and this looks like a great flavour combination to try!

  2. I need to make them. It sounds like something I could have with my coffee each day.

  3. Now I’m usually a chewy cookie fan but for cherries, hazelnuts and chocolate I’ll do crunchy any day… with a cup of tea for dunking of course ;D

  4. I believe I just found my first Christmas cookie for this year! I LOVE everything about these biscotti, so excited to have them this Christmas!! Gorgeous photos, Laura. 🙂

  5. I’m not sure why but I love biscotti in the weeks before Christmas. After that I rarely think about it. These are lovely.

  6. I love biscotti and don’t know why I don’t make this more often!!! love love love and yes! Chocolate is always the answer!! 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving, Laura!!!

  7. I think I’d be drinking so much coffee I’d get super hyper by the time I got my fill of these wonderful looking biscotti!