Romano-Black Pepper Biscotti

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This year, I wanted to include something savory in my treat bags, and I remembered  this parmesan-black pepper biscotti I had bookmarked a while back.   Savory biscotti is a nice switch from your standard sweeter biscotti, and something I don’t make nearly enough.  The added bonus is that biscotti is very shelf-stable, making it a good option for treat bags and mailings.  This time of year, everyone has tons of cookies to eat, so it’s  nice to give them something that is a) not sweet and b) doesn’t have to be eaten in the next day or two for optimal flavor.

The only change I made to this was using Pecorino Romano over Parmesan (just a preference, and what I always keep in my fridge) and a peppercorn blend rather than just black pepper.  In theory the peppercorn blend was a good and tasty idea. In practice, there were some flecks of green in the biscotti which alarmed me at first, until I realized they were pieces of green peppercorn.  So you may want to warn people their biscotti isn’t spoiled or anything when you give it to them.  🙂

I did make the biscotti larger than the recipe suggested, and as a result I definitely got fewer biscotti (around 40).  Originally, I grated twice as much cheese (in ounces),  thinking I was going to double the batch (I didn’t).  But, I definitely used quite a bit more than half my mixture when I was making the biscotti and measuring the cheese in cups.   I know that normally weight measurements are far more accurate but in this case I think there would not have been enough cheese had I gone by the amount of ounces.

You really can’t go wrong with these biscotti – cheesy, buttery, and spicy. Great to eat with coffee in the morning, as a mid-day snack, or even with your soup at dinner.

Romano-Black Pepper Biscotti

  • Cat

    This sounds and looks delicious! I’m not sure why I haven’t made a savory biscotti since I often remark that a savory energy bar is a good idea.

  • What a wonderful idea Elly! I think this is a great option amongst all those sweet offerings…all the best for Xmas and New Year!

  • Elly, I am amazed. I never would have thought to make a savory biscotti, as opposed to a sweet one. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  • I love the idea of savory biscotti! These look fantastic!

  • Great idea to include a savory treat too! They look fabulous.

  • Savoury biscotti – brililant. A friend of mine was looking for a recipe for savoury biscotti and I think this should suit her needs (and mine) 🙂

  • Ivy

    Oh, I love savory biscotti and I can imagine that these would taste wonderful.

  • travelingsisterhood

    Lucky recipients of that treat bag! Looks delicious and I like the idea of the mixed peppercorns – very Christmas color looking. Great job.

  • Looks delicious, I have yet to make Biscotti, but I plan to, thanks for a great recipe!

  • I hate to admit I’ve never made biscotti. They really don’t sound too hard, just a little time consuming. I love this idea of savory biscotti. There is sooo much sugar being shared this season, so a savory alternative is a nice idea. Did you label them some how, so people you gave them to knew what they were eating? I imagine it as a surprise if they expect sweet and get a cheese and pepper flavor instead!

    • The most time consuming part is definitely the baking, which is inactive obviously. Otherwise, I find they are super quick to whip up, which makes them perfect when you are making a lot of things! I did put the biscotti in individual cellophane bags and label them so people knew what they were eating. 🙂

  • I’ve used this recipe before and really liked the savory biscotti. great idea to give out as opposed to all sweet edible gifts.

  • Merry Christmas, Elly!
    I wish you all the best for you and your family!

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  • Ria

    Thank you so much for this recipe, I have been making biscotti for years and give them as gifts at Christmas. Now I will make these for all the men, I am so happy I found this site. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • elly

      I love those biscotti, Ria. Glad you found something you enjoyed, and Merry Christmas! 🙂