Turtle Biscotti

A homemade biscotti recipe that’s filled with caramel, nuts AND chocolate! Turtle Biscotti makes your morning coffee even better.

Let me just say, biscotti is awesome. Turtle biscotti is better than awesome. Add a cup of coffee and you have complete perfection.

And, like I have said before, homemade biscotti is easy to make. So if you love a good Nonni’s biscotti, try making your own at home!

What is Biscotti

Biscotti are hard crunchy cookies with Italian origins. You’ll find them served alongside espresso at Italian cafes and there’s probably no shortage of different biscotti flavors available at your nearby coffee chain.

These cookies are a little different from the norm because they’re twice baked. You bake the dough first like a loaf, then slice and bake again. This creates a toasted cookie that’s perfect for dunking in coffee!

I used to buy the Nonni’s brand of these by the case full, especially when I had company coming to stay. This copycat Nonni’s Biscotti recipe tastes even better than the store bought ones!

What makes it “turtle”

A treat with the “turtle” moniker is one that includes three of dessert’s tastiest ingredients: dark chocolate, caramel and pecans.

In this Turtle Biscotti recipe, you bake caramel pits and pecans into the dough before baking. A layer of dark chocolate and more chopped pecans sprinkled on the outside after baking, makes these biscotti complete.

If you love Turtle Fudge and Turtle Brownies, this is the biscotti recipe for you!

Ingredient Notes

For the biscotti, you make a dense dough with flour, eggs and butter. I chopped up Kraft caramel candies into little morsels to fold in, too.

Coarse sugar sprinkled over the tops of the Biscotti before their second time in the oven adds a delightful crispiness! Turbinado or demara sugar are awesome for this.

For the melted dark chocolate, use a chocolate bar cut up into small pieces, chocolate chips or melting candy wafers. If you prefer, milk chocolate would taste good on this biscotti too!

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Make the batter

Beat butter and the granulated sugar together until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla then add four and baking powder. Fold in caramel bits and 1/4 cup chopped pecans. The batter will be very sticky.

STEP 2. First bake

Divide the dough in half and form each into a log about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. Put the logs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake the dough in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes then let the logs cool for about 10 minutes until you can handle them.

STEP 3. Second bake

Cut the biscotti logs into inch wide slices, and arrange upright in pan. Bake the sliced biscotti for an additional 20 minutes and let cool completely.

STEP 4. Dip

While the biscotti are cooling, melt your chocolate in the microwave or according to package directions. Dip the bottom of biscotti in melted dark chocolate and sprinkle immediately with remaining cup of chopped pecans. Allow to set until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

  • Melting chocolate – When melting chocolate in the microwave, do so in 30 second increments, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is smooth no lumps remain.
  • Storing – Store Turtle biscotti in an airtight container or ziploc bags for up to 2 weeks. You may want to put a sheet of wax paper between layers to prevent the chocolate from sticking together over time.
  • Make sure to leave some space between biscotti when you lay them on the baking sheet for their second time in the oven. This will help them bake evenly on all sides.

Serve these amazing copycat Nonnis Biscotti during coffee hour and everyone will be your new best friend! Not a coffee drinker? They pair well with black tea or milk, too.

With a layer of smooth chocolate and caramel baked right into each bite, Turtle Biscotti are guaranteed to impress. Brew yourself a big pot of coffee and go make homemade biscotti!

Yield: 20

Turtle Biscotti


  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup caramel bits (Kraft)
  • 1 ¼ cup pecans, chopped, divided
  • 1 Tbsp coarse sugar
  • 2 cup dark chocolate, melted


  1. In mixing bowl, beat butter and ¾ cup sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder. Fold in caramel bits and ¼ cup chopped pecans. Batter will be very sticky.
  2. Divide in half, form each half in a 10inch by 3inch log on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on pan 15 minutes. Cut into 1inch slices, and arrange slices upright in pan. Bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. When cool, dip bottom of biscotti in melted dark chocolate, sprinkle immediately with remaining cup of chopped pecans. Allow to set. Enjoy.

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Posted on June 10, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve never had a caramel biscotti sounds fantastic. I used to let my kids teethe on them. Please share this on my foodie friday party today.

  2. Yes, yes, and YES!!!! I’ve added this to my great homemade gifts list!!! Just perfect and of course biscotti hold up so well when packaged. I’m already picturing these treats with pretty bows and maybe a cute coffee mug for teachers this year. Yup, now just to be on the lookout for the mugs!

  3. I love biscotti! So perfect with coffee or uh, anything 🙂 turtle biscotti sounds like a fun twist!

  4. would you believe I’ve never had biscotti! lol yep, never had. It looks really good. I dont know what’s wrong with me!? 😉

  5. Yum! I love chocolate turtles, but would have never thought to put the same flavors + ingredients into biscotti! I didn’t know how easy biscotti was either. Great recipe!

  6. Yummy turtle biscotti!!! I love it so tasty as well as chocolate peppermint biscotti. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Sounds like a crazy weekend for sure. I hope you had lots of these yummy biscotti bars packed in your purse:-) How was the meet??

  8. I love this recipe! Turtle anything is awesome. How’d the swim meet go? I can’t imagine spending a whole weekend at sports. :/

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