Homemade Cantuccini Recipe

Pistachio and cherry cantuccini

  • makes 60
  • Easy

These Tuscan biscuits are a perfect Christmas gift as they keep well. Traditionally, they’re served with glasses of vin santo, into which they’re dipped before eating



  • plain flour 500g
  • caster sugar 250g
  • baking powder 1 1/2 tsp
  • shelled pistachios 200g
  • dried sour cherries 150g
  • medium eggs 4, beaten together
  • amaretto 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the eggs and amaretto. Mix until a dough is almost formed, then bring together with your hands. The dough will be pretty stiff.

  • Step 2

    Divide into 4 equal pieces, and with damp hands roll into 20cm long sausage-shapes. Put 2 sausages on each baking sheet, well spaced apart, and press down to flatten.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 30 – 35 minutes then remove from the oven and once just cool enough to handle, slice into 1.5cm thick pieces (use a serrated knife for this).

  • Step 4

    Arrange on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 6 minutes, turning them over halfway through. The biscuits might still feel quite soft, but they’ll crisp up as they cool.

  • Step 5

    Once cool, package into cellophane bags and give with a bottle of vino santo.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 81
  • Fat 1.9g
  • Saturates 0.3g
  • Carbs 13.1g
  • Sugars 5.5g
  • Fibre 0.8g
  • Protein 2g
  • Salt 0.1g