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Cake Mix Biscotti To Try Right Now!

A sweet, crunchy biscotti that will rival anything you can get at the bakery! We love the golden color of these yummy cookies and the crunch of sliced almonds and the fact that this recipe is dead easy.

Don’t like cranberries? Then switch it up and add chocolate chips! Or coconut, or pecans…..

Just about anything you could put into a cookie, you can add to this basic biscotti recipe. And they make a wonderful homemade food gift!

Let me show how!

The easy part?  The base for this recipe is a cake mix!  That’s right! So you can pick up the ingredients on your way home today, and whip up some delicious biscotti for a weekend treat.

They are perfect with a big mug of hot chocolate or your favourite coffee.  Need some homemade food gift ideas?  Everyone loves Biscotti!

cake mix biscotti on a white dish, burlap & lace ribbon and a white mug in background

Recently I’ve switched to use a white (or vanilla) cake mix and include cranberries and sliced almonds. All the steps in the recipe are still the same, but I love the crunchy sweetness of this combination!

This post was originally published on August 28, 2017 and updated on December 17, 2020. 

You will need: sliced natural almonds, 1 pkg yellow or white cake mix, eggs, flour, unsalted butter and vanilla extract, cranberries & sliced or whole almonds.

We have lots of easy cake mix recipes! Be sure to try our lemon loaf cake, fudgy brownies, pineapple upside down cake and lemon poppyseed muffins!

pictures of italian almond biscotti, cake mix biscotti and piazza navone in rome

Cake Mix Biscotti!


Mark and I just returned from a glorious 14 day vacation to Italy.  It truly was the trip of a lifetime.

Florence, Rome, Tuscany with so many wonderful places in between!  One of the highlights of the trip?

An outdoor concert featuring Andrea Bocelli in his home town of Lajotica.  The concert was really outdoors in a huge field, but the sound, underneath the stars, in Italy?  Well I’m sure you get the idea.

After several wonderful days in Florence, we took a high speed train to Rome, where we soaked up the amazing culture and enjoyed a Gelato or two – like we did here at the Piazza Navona.

Another highlight of our trip was Cantucci Toscani – Italian Almond Biscotti!  We developed a real passion for these delicious little Italian cookies.  Ok, it was close to obsession.

By the time we were ready to leave our last location, the beautiful Castello del Nero in Tavernelle val di Pesa – we were hooked!  They were bringing us two bowls at a time. 🙂

I was determined I would have to learn to make biscotti when we returned home.  By the way, if you ever want to visit the most romantic and luxurious hotel spa in Tuscany, the Castello del Nero is it!

biscotti standing in a small box with a jute and lace ribbon

We would go back in a heartbeat!  An amazing facility, excellent staff and customer service and well the food makes you think you are in Heaven.  Yes, it’s that good.

This resort is a Michelin One Star, and the Chef even gave me his recipe for these amazing biscotti!

So what is Biscotti Cake?

Now before we get to the fun stuff – making your very own biscotti from a cake mix – just like Betty Crocker! (Ha! Ha!) I wanted to share some very cool information.

A long ago practice was to use leftover cake (who has leftover cake?) and make biscotti. Biscotti cookies are twice baked, so cooks would like their leftover cakes (think stale) into small strips and bake them twice to get a hard crunchy biscotti.

These leftover biscotti cakes weren’t layer cakes, but usually a denser pound cake or loaf style of cake.


  1. Blend the ingredients well, including the almonds.
  2. Follow the recipe instructions exactly.
  3. Mixing up the ingredients, I found the dough to be a bit sticky.  I made sure my board and hands were well floured!
  4. Roll the dough so that you will get a biscotti ‘shape’ when they are sliced – once baked they will look like a biscotti cake.
  5. Make sure the biscotti dough slices are thin enough so that you will get a lovely crunch on the second bake.
cranberry almond biscotti on a white square plate with jute and lace ribbon, coffee mug in background


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Piazza Navone, Rome, Italy


Want more Italian cookie recipes?  They are so many different varieties, like these the Baci di Dama from Natasha’s Kitchen!

Biscotti make excellent homemade food gifts too!  Our other easy cake mix recipe is the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake, everyone loves it!

How Do You Make Biscotti From Cake Mix?

A yellow cake mix, plus delicious raw unsalted almonds, butter and vanilla.  Save a little time, enjoy the convenience of a cake mix and still have that exquisite crunchy vanilla flavour. And voila! Cake Mix Biscotti was born. Delizioso!  I’ve set out the steps here for you. 🙂


These amazing Cake Mix Biscotti baked up like a dream, and my family raved about them at a recent Brunch we had together.

And they all went home with little bags of biscotti!  Of course I kept a few back for us!  You can be creative here too, maybe add some dried fruit like cranberries, or some mini chocolate chips?

The possibilities for you to make exquisite biscotti too are endless.  So here is my Cake Mix Biscotti recipe just for you.  And if you don’t have time to print out the recipe right now, why not Pin It for later?

If you like the recipe, please give it a 5 star rating.

xo Judy

biscotti standing in a small box with a jute and lace ribbon
Yield: 36 pieces

Quick Cake Mix Biscotti

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

You won't believe this amazing Cake Mix Biscotti recipe is just like Italian Almond Biscotti you get in Tuscany! An easy dessert recipe, and oh those rave reviews!


  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix, 15.25 oz/432g
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced or whole, raw
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or chocolate chips)


Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

  1. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl. Stir in sifted all purpose flour.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, margarine and vanilla extract. Stir in the almonds.
  3. With an electric beater mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until the dough does not stick to the sides of the mixing bowl. It will look and feel like play dough!
  4. On a lightly floured board, divide dough into two halves.
  5. Roll each half into a log about 1" in diameter.
  6. Roll each log gently to the edge of the board and then continue rolling it onto a lightly sprayed 11” x 15” baking sheet.
  7. Flatten the top of each cookie log until it is about 3" wide.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove baking sheet from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and do not turn off.
  11. Gently slide one cookie log onto the board that you rolled out the dough on.
  12. Using a serrated knife or better still an electric carving knife, slice each log across the width into 3/4" slices.
  13. Place cookies cut side down back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  14. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  15. Enjoy!


The crispy and hard crunch of a biscotti comes from double baking. In this recipe 20 minutes, slice and then bake another 10 minutes. These are so easy to make!

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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Hi there, I'm Judy, it's awesome to meet you! I'm a writer, master pie baker and I've been helping people reach their personal and career goals for over 30 years.   I believe everyone should experience the joy of creating old fashioned recipes, just like Mom or Grandma used to make. And I also help you to create those memories for you and your family with Simple, Delicious, Wholesome recipes that you can learn to make. We also help you discover that Simple Living isn't just a concept.  It's a state of mind. Comforting food and Simple Living. It's all here. You can read more on my About page!


Sunday 14th of November 2021

If I don’t want to do almonds but want both cranberries and chocolate chips which should I sub the almonds for ? More heavy on the chips or the cranberries? And would it be for the full amount of both listed ingredients in original recipe ?

Kathleen Gross

Sunday 11th of July 2021

How can I incorporate marzipan into this biscotti recipe? Thank you

Judy Kahansky

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Hi Kathleen, I haven't tried including marzipan in this recipe. You could experiment by chopping it into bite site pieces and coating it with powdered sugar. Just remember that this is a cake mix recipe, and the result might be too sweet. But the fun is in trying different ideas out right?


Friday 14th of May 2021

So excited to try this! In this recipe it says 1 cup of whole almonds. Can I sub with 1 cup of sliced almonds? Also, if I did want to add dried cranberries or try out mini choc chips- how much would I add? Thanks in advance!


Friday 14th of May 2021

@Judy Kahansky Ok I don't know if I am blind, but I cannot find the amount of cranberry to use? LOL I was thinking of using those almond slivers and dried cranberries! This will be my first time making bisotti. Do you think that would work?

Judy Kahansky

Friday 14th of May 2021

Hi Shellbee, thanks for reaching out! Yes absolutely change the almonds to sliced if you wish and chocolate chips are fine. Just add the same amount as the cranberries. Enjoy!


Saturday 24th of April 2021

Hi Judy. Quick question,

Can I use a chocolate cake mix? The yellow is delicious.

Judy Kahansky

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

HI Sharon! Absolutely, that sounds delicious.


Sunday 30th of August 2020

I have a question in the ingredients list it says butter in the process it says margarine, can I use either one?

Judy Kahansky

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Hi Sophia! I've used both butter and margarine - either one is fine. Thanks.

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