Attention, coffee lovers! Caramel Macchiato Biscotti are calling. A hint of espresso is baked right into crunch caramel-covered cookies. You can have your coffee, and eat it too!
What is Macchiato
Today’s homemade biscotti recipe is inspired by the Italian espresso beverage, the macchiato.
A true macchiato is made by topping a shot of espresso with a small amount of foamed milk. Unlike cappucinos or lattes, which also include steamed milk, an Italian cafe macchiato is mostly espresso.
Then, there’s the Starbucks version! The coffee chain’s imagination of a macchiato, adds steamed milk and caramel sauce. Instead of marking espresso with milk, steamed milk is marked by a shot of espresso on top.
Traditional? No. Authentic? Also, no.
Deliciously sweet and creamy? Yes!
This Caramel Macchiato Biscotti recipe takes the flavors I love in a Starbuck macchiato and baked them into a crispy, toasty cookie. It’s perfect for dunking in your espresso–authentically made or otherwise.
- Espresso powder. This is NOT the same as ground espresso beans used for making coffee. It’s a powdered extract used for adding coffee flavor to recipes. I use King Arthur brand.
- Butter. You’ll need to soften the butter for today’s recipe. We have lots of tips and tricks on how to soften butter quickly!
- Caramel bits. These can be found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. You can also use some of our homemade caramels instead for a delicious, creamy texture!
- Vanilla extract. Learn how to make vanilla extract to take all your baked goods to the next level.
Making homemade biscotti isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The only difference between regular cookies and biscotti is that they are baked twice.
First, you’ll make the dough. It’ll be quite sticky. Shape this into two 10 x 3 inch logs and bake them for 25 minutes.
Pro Tip: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper!
Let the biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Now, slice the logs into long slices about 1 inch wide.
Turn the slices upright and bake the biscotti for another 10 minutes and let cool.
For the glaze, whisk powdered sugar with vanilla, heavy cream and espresso powder until smooth. Spread the glaze onto biscotti and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks
- Line your pan with parchment paper before adding the dough. It makes clean up easy and keeps the dough from sticking to the pan.
- This batter should be very sticky before baking. Do not add more flour; they’ll bake to the perfect consistency.
- Serve biscotti with hot brewed coffee. They’re delicious on their own or dunked right into the coffee!
- Store leftover biscotti in an airtight container and enjoy within 2 weeks.
Yes, you can freeze biscotti. They will lose some of their crunchiness when they thaw, though.
To remedy this, bake the thawed biscotti in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes to toast them up again. Add the glaze before serving.
If you can’t find baking bits, you can replace them with regular caramel candies. Unwrap them and cut them into small pieces before adding to your biscotti dough.
You can but then they won’t be macchiato flavored biscotti! The espresso powder adds so much flavor to these biscotti that it’s worth tracking down or ordering online.
More Biscotti Recipes
- Cranberry Orange Biscotti: orange zest with Craisins combine to make this crunchy variety. Topped with white chocolate and sugared orange zest. Great combination!
- Snickerdoodle Biscotti: cinnamon and sugar are sometimes so simple but powerful flavors!
- Pumpkin Spiced Biscotti: delicious any time of year. TRUST me! Pumpkin, ginger, cloves, allspice…it’s like pie in a cookie.
- Turtle Biscotti: Yes, seriously, you can now have turtles for breakfast and it’s OK. Caramel, chocolate and pecans. For Breakfast.
- Chocolate Orange Biscotti– Orange flavored biscotti with a drizzle of chocolate!