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Mom and Great Grandma’s Biscotti Milk Biscuits

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Rachel has thankfully recovered from vertigo, and as promised we are sharing with you a very special family recipe today; my Mom’s (and her Grandmother’s) Milk Biscuits.

This recipe has been with our family for a long time. My Mom and Nana know it as my Great Grandmother’s recipe, but it could possibly be from an even older family member. Who knows for sure – it seems most family recipes were passed down by mouth and not writing, so it’s hard to know for certain.

My Mom has been baking these cookies for years. This, and her Cheese Pie (also originating with my Great Grandmother), are a part of my family’s tradition and history. I remember growing up my Mom would make big batches of these milk biscuits to give to my cousins, aunts, and uncles. I know these biscuits are extra special for Nana, because she says my Mom makes them just the way my Great Grandmother did.

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In my Mom’s worn and well used family cookbook, she has this recipe labeled as Grandma’s Milk Biscuits. But our family has always called these cookies biscotti. And that isn’t biscotti pronounced bis-scott-e, it’s with the NY/NJ Italian pronunciation bis-caugh-tchya.

Looking at these pictures and the recipe, I’m sure you’ll question why they are called biscotti when they aren’t. I asked my Mom that question. She doesn’t know. Somewhere along the way family just started referring to Great Grandma’s Milk Biscuits as “biscotti” and it’s kind of stuck. Funny how that happens huh? Well, like biscotti, these milk cookies are great to have with a cup of tea for dunking.

We started this blog (over two years now!) with the purpose of digitally archiving our family recipes. We’ve expanded on that idea by adding our own creations and the recipes of others, but it’s core purpose is still the same; to store and share our family recipes.

Today we share with you this very special recipe, passed down over 4 generations in our family. From our table to yours, enjoy!

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Mom and Great Grandmas Biscotti Milk Biscuits


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 heaping tablespoons Crisco
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • About 2 cups whole milk


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the milk. Warm the milk, being careful not to scald it. Add the milk a little bit at a time to the mixture, working it together with your hands to incorporate with each addition. (Mom recommends using your hands so you can feel the texture to know when it's just right) Keep adding milk and mixing until reaching a smooth, satiny consistency in the dough. You don't want it wet and soggy or dry.
  3. Pull off about a handful of dough, roll out on a floured surface to 1 inch thickness.
  4. Make diagonal cuts at 6 inch lengths. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Brush cookies with milk.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes - until lightly golden on top.

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We’d love to hear what family recipes you have had passed down. Share the name, and recipe or link if you like, in the comments below!


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