How To Make Soft Biscotti Christmas Knots

Kimberly Snyder
by Kimberly Snyder
36 cookies
20 min

Need a recipe for a quick Christmas Cookie? Let me show you how to make Soft Biscotti Christmas Knots! You will be amazed how easy these are!

Thyme to get Bakin’

When I was thinking about what kind of cookie to make for the upcoming holiday season, I knew I needed to find one that fit my quick and easy requirements! These Soft Biscotti Christmas Knots are perfect! They look much more complicated than they really are!

They really aren't just for Christmas! By changing the color of the nonpareils, they can be served anytime of the year!

The recipe for the cookies can be found below.

I have also included a recipe for Confectioner's Sugar Icing

Confectioner's Sugar Icing

an icing similar to a glaze for use on cookies, cakes & pastry

Prep Time 5 min icing and decorating the cookies 15 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Servings 2 cups of icing


  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • spatula

Ingredients 1x2x3x

  • 2 cups confectioner's or powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Christmas colored nonpareils can use different colors depending on the season


  • Mix the confectioner's sugar and milk together
  • add vanilla extract, blend well. Icing will be a bit runny, this is ok.

dip the cooled cookies in the icing or use a spatula to ice the cookies.

top with sprinkles and allow the icing to dry completely before storing in an airtight container.


A word of caution: some nonpareils may "run" after the cookies are made. If you are unsure, it is best to make these cookies the day you will serve them. The brand of nonpareils I used did not run. I used Mistletoe Magic Sprinkles that I found on Amazon.

How To Make Soft Biscotti Christmas Knots
Recipe details
  • 36  cookies
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened at room tempuratur
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspooon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats
Using the electric mixer, cream the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy. this will take about 3 minutes with the electric mixer.
After the butter & sugar is light & fluffy, add the eggs, milk & vanilla and mix until all ingredients are combined
Add all the dry ingredients to the batter and blend well
resulting dough will be soft but not sticky
use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the dough
roll the tablespoon of dough into a rope
twist into a knot and place on the parchment lined baking sheet
Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 min. Biscotti cookies will be lightly brown on the bottom
allow to cool, once cool ice and decorate
  • Recipe will make approximately 3 dozen soft biscotti
  • The parchment paper made clean up a breeze!
  • The total time estimate does not include the time for the cookies to cool before icing them. I think it took about 20 to 25 minutes for my cookies to cool before I iced them.
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  • Iammacha Iammacha on Nov 29, 2022

    Not sure why these are called biscotti because they definitely are not any type of biscotti. Not even ‘soft’ biscotti. Biscotti literally means twice baked bread. It’s supposed to be crunchy and is always oblong/rectangular. Although these sound good, I would certainly rename them.