Caramel Macchiato Biscotti

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!

While we’re talking caramel, why not also add a splash of Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer to your cup this morning?

Caramel Macchiato Biscotti: delicious caramel and vanilla flavors combine to create a perfect breakfast treat #biscotti @shugarysweets

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.

Caramel Macchiato Biscotti: delicious caramel and vanilla flavors combine to create a perfect breakfast treat #biscotti @shugarysweets

Ingredient Notes

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.

Caramel bits. These can be found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.

Vanilla extract. Learn how to make vanilla extract to take all your baked goods to the next level.

Easy Instructions

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.

Let them 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.

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze biscotti?

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.

What can I use instead of caramel baking bits?

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.

Can I make this without the espresso powder?

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.
Yield: 16-20 slices

Caramel Macchiato Biscotti

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Homemade Caramel Macchiato Biscotti recipe!


For the biscotti:

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup Kraft caramel bits

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp espresso powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, espresso powder and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder. Fold in caramel bits. Batter will be sticky.
  2. Divide dough in half and form two 10x3 inch logs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cool about 10 minutes. Cut into 1 inch slices and arrange slices upright in pan. Bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove and cool completely before glazing.
  3. For the glaze, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Spread onto cooled biscotti. Allow to set, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container up to two weeks.
  4. ENJOY

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 biscotti

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on January 30, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee
    Came back today and read more comments.
    So I saw that someone also from Ontario already asked the question.
    Asked and answered.

    Merry Christmas 


  2. Hi Aimee
    Came back today and read more comments.
    So I saw that someone also from Ontario already asked the question.
    Asked and answered.
    I’m going to try the Skor bits.
    Merry Christmas 

  3. Hi Aimee
    I see this recipe has been on here for years but I just found it?

    If I can’t get Kraft caramel bits can I just chop up some regular sized caramels.

    Are they the same product?

    Or…could I substitute Skor toffee bits?  I have lots of those.

    I had to spend $10.00 on instant espresso to get 2 1/2 teaspoons so I hope this works?



  4. Made these today! They are perfect! I had extra glaze, so of course I had to eat it with a spoon. So good!

  5. Making these today for breakfast tomorrow at work 🙂
    It’s Perioperative Nurses week and I hope they love them!
    My only change is the glaze – going to melt some of the caramel bits with a little cream and use that instead 🙂

  6. I know this is an older post but I made these today and they are delicious! Turned out perfect and I followed the exact recipe. Thanks for sharing this. Next, your red velvet biscotti ????

  7. when I first tackled biscotti several Holidays ago, I started w/ almond biscotti (still my fav.) and have moved on to a couple diff. ones since. Believe me, it is very easy to make.
    Almost to the point you are asking “is that it?? ” . They are delicious with tea, coffee or
    any beverage you favor. Try it, you will be surprised. And it makes nice little gifts at
    Christmas instead of the usual cookies. I always add some on the gift plates now.

  8. These look amazing! Can you substitute instant coffee granules for the espresso and if so, how much would you suggest to use? TIA

    1. That’s what I’m going to use…..I use the toffee bits in a specialty cake I make and they melt down. I think it will work. Just my opinion though since I haven’t tried it yet.

    2. I would lean towards using a soft caramel. Do you have wrapped caramels? You can dice them up for this recipe. In a pinch though, the toffee bits would totally work, you just wouldn’t have that little bit of “chewy” in your biscotti!

  9. Wow. I love these! My favorite Starbucks drink is the Caramel Macchiato! And I LOVE biscotti, especially dunked in coffee.

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Aimee,
    I’m SOOOO glad I stopped by today, now I can finally make these biscotti I’ve been drooling over since seeing them on Instagram! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    1. So glad you stopped by too! I hope you try them, especially since you practically guessed what they were 🙂

  11. I wanted to let you know that I featured this deliciousness today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

  12. I am crazy in love with these! I love caramel macchiato…now I should have caramel macchiato biscotti with my caramel macchiato drink =)

  13. I don’t make enough biscotti…and caramel macchiato is my go-to Starbucks drink. These are perfect!

  14. Wow!!! That glaze alone looks SO AMAZING. I love making biscotti when it’s cold out (not sure why?) so this is the perfect time to make a big batch and enjoy with hot coffee

  15. Iced Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel is my favorite drink at Starbucks. I think these biscotti are the start to a beautiful friendship!

  16. I have tried biscotti only once and wasn’t really impressed. But these! These could change my mind! I LOVE caramel macchiato! Pinning!

  17. Oh my! I love biscotti and these Caramel Macchiato ones look so decadent! I’m craving for some now. I guess it’s time for me to get into the kitchen and make a batch.

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