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Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti makes for the perfectly crunchy baked treat for a hot cup of coffee or tea. Serve it at your next tea party or get together with some delicious Vanilla Sweet Cream Coffee or Mulled Spice Black Hot Tea
These crunchy biscotti feature fresh lemon juice and almonds baked to perfection and iced with fresh lemon zest & sugar.
Easy Lemon Almond Biscotti Recipe
Ever since I was a kid I have always loved biscotti! My Vavo would make s Portuguese version that were so good! I used to buy premade ones at the market, but one day 2 years ago I decided to make my own Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti and they were so good!
Ingredients for Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti
I used a conventional white, unbleached flour for this biscotti recipe. I have not tried this with any flour alternatives and only have experience using traditional flour. Unbleached flour is my baking preference because it is bleached naturally as it ages (no chemical agents).
For the added crunch in these biscotti, I added some almond slivers that I crushed in a plastic zipper bag with a rolling pin. This provides the biscotti with extra flavor and texture.
Fresh lemon juice or extract?
For the most vibrant lemon flavor I like to use both fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon extract. I find the combination of the two really brings lemon desserts depth of flavor.
I also am a huge fan of adding fresh lemon zest to the icing for a delicious pop of lemony goodness.
Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti pairs so nicely with a hot cup of coffee. Get inspired to make this Lemon Coffee Bar which would be the perfect setup for your lemon biscotti.
To Make Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
- In a bowl, add your flour, sugar, and baking powder dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, add the fresh squeezed lemon juice, zest, lemon extract, vegetable oil, and eggs.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until well blended.
- On a floured surface knead the dough until well-combined.
- Separate dough into two balls and roll them on to 1″ thickness
- Place logs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven, allow them to cool and then slice them into 1 1/2 inch strips.
- Lower the oven temperature to 325 and bake each side for 5 minutes.
- Ice once cooled.
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Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti
Iced Lemon Almond Biscotti makes for the perfectly crunchy baked treat for a hot cup of coffee or tea
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 biscotti
Author Amy Desrosiers
- 2 3/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 3 tbsps fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1 1/2 tsps lemon zest
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- 3 eggs large*
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsps whole milk
- 1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
In a bowl, add your flour, sugar, and baking powder dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, add the fresh squeezed lemon juice, zest, lemon extract, vegetable oil, and eggs.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until well blended.
On a floured surface knead the dough until well-combined.
Separate dough into two balls and roll them on to 1″ thickness
Place logs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from oven, allow them to cool and then slice them into 1 1/2 inch strips.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 and bake each side for 5 minutes.
Allow biscotti to cool before icing.
Mix the together the ingredients until thick and creamy.
Once cooled, dip the tops of the biscotti into the glaze.
Place on a baking wrack and allow them to harden for about 30 minutes before storing them in an airtight container.
*Please note, nutritional values are a guide and may not actually represent the facts.
Serving: 1biscotti | Calories: 138cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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You can use 2% or 1%. You need some fat to prevent a dry, cracked biscotti.
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Hi, is whole milk required or can we use almond or another alternative non dairy, or even 1% milk? Would the measurement still be the same as whole milk?
So sorry! It is 3 tablespoons! Thank you for pointing that out! Next time, I should not write posts after bed hours..lol!
The recipe only says lemon extract but the directions say lemon juice and lemon extract. Do we use both?
Sorry, it is 1/4 cup. I have updated the recipe to reflect this. They are of course, optional.
How much almonds do you use the recipe does not say
This sounds so delicious! I would love to have one right now!
These look so delicious! I am planning a garden party this summer and am totally going to serve these.
This is one of my favorite! I am so excited to try this recipe. Yum!
I am going to try to make these delicious treats. Lemon flavored baked goodies are always good and this recipe reminds me of my grandmother who made really good biscotti
This looks so good and not that difficult to make. I am going to try it! It has all of my favorite flavors.
I love all things lemon. This biscotti is just calling my name. Can’t wait to make some.
That biscotti looks amazing. I always thought it would be hard to make, but this looks super easy and delicious.
I really love biscotti and this is definitely a must-make! Thank you so much for sharing!
I bake cookies every weekend. I need to put these on my baking list!
I so want to make these! I love lemon flavored desserts, cookies, etc.
This biscotti sounds delicious. I love lemon anything. I am not sure mine will look as great as yours but it is worth a try.
I love biscotti, and this sounds amazing. I’ve never made it myself before though. I’m looking forward to try this recipe. I can’t wait, it looks so yummy!
This looks like it would melt in my mouth. I love anything lemon flavored, going to give it a try.
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These cookies are usually served at the end of the meal together with Vin Santo, a Tuscan dessert wine made from raisins that was historically used to celebrate Mass. Of course, you can choose to eat them with coffee, tea, milk or just enjoy them on their own!What is the secret to making biscotti? ›
- Let the biscotti cool only for 10 minutes after first bake. ...
- Use a serrated knife and cut in a sawing motion. ...
- Flip the biscotti during the second bake so both sides bake evenly.
- Transfer cut biscotti to wire rack to cool completely after second bake.
After the first baking, the biscotti loaves should be firm and very lightly browned, but not hard. Loaves are ready to cut when you can touch them without burning yourself.Are biscotti meant to be dipped? ›
Biscotti is one of the most popular foods to dip in your coffee – especially in Italy. In fact, it's literally designed and baked for dunking in mind. The crunch and density of a good piece of biscotti dipped in a steaming cup of coffee is unmatched.Is biscotti a breakfast or dessert? ›
Biscotti are Italian almond biscuits originating from Tuscany. They are twice-baked, oblong-shaped, dry, crunchy, and are often dipped in a hot cup of coffee before being enjoyed. Giolitti Deli sells homemade classic almond biscotti that you can enjoy as breakfast… an afternoon snack… or dessert!What do Italians drink after dinner with biscotti? ›
Vin Santo (or Vino Santo) is a smooth, sweet dessert wine made in Italy, but predominantly in Tuscany. The wine is cherished for its intense flavors of hazelnut and caramel. For centuries, many Italians cherish the tradition of the perfect pairing of Vin Santo with cantucci (biscotti).Is biscotti a bread or dessert? ›
Biscotti is a sliced cookie made from a long piece of dough that has been baked, cut into individual pieces and finally re-baked to obtain characteristic texture and low moisture. The cookie is long and finger shaped. The double baking dries out the dough, giving it a crunchy texture.Do Italians eat biscotti for breakfast? ›
1. Biscotti (Biscuits) Biscuits are the most popular Italian breakfast food!Is biscotti better with oil or butter? ›
Some recipes call for eggs only, which is the traditional method, while others swear by butter or oil. The choice is yours; just keep in mind that those made with butter or oil will have both a softer texture and a shorter shelf life.
The best thing about biscotti is that they can last longer than other cookies because of their sturdy structure and dense texture. They will remain fresh for over ten days if ever it's stored in an airtight container.Should biscotti be hard out of oven? ›
At its origin, biscotti are cookies with little moisture, especially after the second bake. These twice-baked cookies are supposed to be hard, dry, crisp, providing plenty of crunch. The perfect cookie for dunking!What knife is best for cutting biscotti? ›
Always use a serrated knife (preferably a bread knife) in a sawing motion to cut nice smooth clean slices. If you want long slices like a coffee shop biscotti, slice the logs at an angle. I normally just slice straight, but that is my preference.Should you refrigerate biscotti dough before baking? ›
Chilling the Dough
Because biscotti dough is often soft and sticky, refrigerating it until firm makes it easier to handle and shape into logs. Generally, though, I like to shape the dough right after mixing it and get on with the baking.
The classic licorice flavor comes from the anise extract in the cookie dough and icing. Anise is a flowering herb native to the eastern Mediterranean region and anise extract is a common ingredient in Italian baked goods such as breads, cakes, and cookies, including biscotti and pizzelles.Why is biscotti good with coffee? ›
I love that biscotti are the perfect partner for coffee because they are dry and crunchy, which helps balance the rich and creamy flavor of the coffee. The combination of the two creates a delicious and satisfying combination that I never get tired of.How is biscotti eaten in Italy? ›
Since they are very dry, biscotti traditionally are served with a drink, into which they may be dunked. In Italy they are typically served as an after-dinner dessert with a Tuscan fortified wine called vin santo. Outside of Italy, they more frequently accompany coffee, including cappuccinos and lattes, or black tea.Why do my biscotti crumble when I cut them? ›
A reader has asked: My biscotti crumble terribly when I cut them. What am I doing wrong? A: Overbaking the logs of dough during the first baking can make the slices crumble as you are cutting them. Also, even if the logs of dough are perfectly baked, they will crumble if they are sliced while still warm, so be patient.What do Italians call biscotti? ›
Traditional Italian biscotti. Traditional Italian biscotti are what we Italians called cantucci or, to give them their full name, Biscotti di Prato: they come, in fact, from Prato in Tuscany but they've been adopted in the whole Tuscany under the name of cantucci or cantuccini.Why is biscotti so good? ›
Biscotti cookies have a hard texture and are dehydrated thanks to the second bake. They are also mold-resistant, which is why they became the ideal food for sailors, including Christopher Columbus, who spent months at sea, no doubt munching on biscotti.
Besides, biscotti is also famous for its characteristic of 0% cholesterol - 0% transfat, so it will be a "high-recommended" choice to help lower cholesterol, protect the heart, and prevent heart attacks and strokes.Do they eat pizza with a fork in Italy? ›
Italians eat pizza with a fork and knife. Pizza is to be enjoyed straight from the oven and piping hot. Waiting for your dinner to cool down is just not an option – protocol says it should be enjoyed straight away. Therefore, if you grab a hot slice you're begging for a burn.Why is pizza not cut in Italy? ›
Pizza at the restaurant in Italy is served unsliced in the great majority of cases, because this helps its presentation and flavour, preventing the runny pizza topping from leaking off the pizza base and wetting the edges. Not slicing the pizza for customers also minimizes the risk of it cooling down.What is the yellow drink in Italy? ›
Italian digestif: Strega
This digestivo is one of the most colorfully named Italian drinks - strega is Italian for 'witch. ' This yellow liqueur originates from Benevento, Campania, a city in Italy famous for its many legends about witches.
In a world where every single cookie is called a biscotto (the singular form of the word) there needs to be a word for what we know to be biscotti. That word is - yes, you guessed it - cantucci!What does biscotti literally mean? ›
Etymology. Italian, biscuit, cookie, from (pane) biscotto, literally, bread baked twice.What is the most famous breakfast in Italy? ›
Pane, burro e marmellata (bread, butter and jam)
The most traditional breakfast food in Italy is brad butter and jam or, in Italian, pane, burro e marmellata. The type of bread used varies from region to region and each family has its favorite kind.
Yoghurt and Fruit
Italians also love to have breakfast with yoghurt and fresh fruit. In order to be even more healthy, you may choose low-fat yoghurts and seasonal fruit. To have a complete meal you can add some dried fruit – highly satiating – and a teaspoon of honey.
The most common classic breakfast food in Italy is the “cornetto”, or croissant. A cornetto is often filled with some kind of cream, custard, jam or chocolate spread, and accompanied by a coffee.What is the best way to eat biscotti? ›
chocolate, hot tea or any other hot drink, to get it nic. and soft, and enjoy!!
Exploring The Traditional Italian Cookie Biscotti cookies, also known as cantucci, are traditional Italian cookies. They are known for their long shelf life and crisp texture. They can be enjoyed with coffee or tea, dipped in wine, or used as a dessert topping.How crunchy should biscotti be? ›
Biscotti cookies bake up crunchy and sweet, and traditionally they can be a bit hard. But I find this particular recipe to be more crisp than hard. They are good by themselves, but even better when they're dunked in coffee, tea, or a sweet wine such as vin santo.Can you freeze almond biscotti? ›
Yes, you totally can! For best results, allow biscotti to cool completely, then arrange them in a single layer (without touching) on a baking sheet or large plate. Freeze the biscotti first, then once completely chilled, they can be transferred to a sealed container or freezer bag of your choice.Why didn't my biscotti get hard? ›
If your biscotti are too soft then it is likely that the cookies were not baked for long enough second time around. If your biscotti slices are around 1/2cm/1/4 inch thick then they should only need around 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 180c/350F to dry out sufficiently.How do you keep homemade biscotti crisp? ›
Cool and store: Cool biscotti on a rack. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for several months.Should biscotti dough be sticky? ›
Biscotti dough is dense and sticky; using a sturdy stand mixer with the paddle attachment makes mixing easy. If you don't have a stand mixer, try the traditional method: mound the flour on the countertop, make a well in the center, add the remaining ingredients, and use your hands to mix the dough.What is the difference between American and Italian biscotti? ›
American style biscotti are softer and generally sweeter than the classic Italian style. They're crunchy but not as hard as the Italian.What does baking soda do in biscotti? ›
Yes, baking soda is often included in recipes because of its ability to promote browning, when most of the actual leavening is via baking powder. You are lucky the biscotti didn't taste bitter/metallic.Why do my biscotti crack on top? ›
if you make the batter without stirring well and the butter is not well distributed in the 'mix the points where the butter is too much becomes break down points during cooking. It can also happen that they break for a too high a temperature.How do you cut biscotti without breaking them? ›
For crumble-free cutting, spray baked biscotti logs with water. Once your biscotti logs are baked it's time to slice them — hopefully without crumbling! I like to mist the logs with water and wait 5 minutes, then cut.
The Problem: Your Oven Is Too Hot
If your cookies repeatedly turn out flat, no matter the recipe, chances are your oven is too hot. Here's what's happening. The butter melts super quickly in a too-hot oven before the other ingredients have firmed up into a cookie structure.
Are biscotti supposed to be hard? Yes! Because they are baked twice, biscotti are hard and crisp. They're great for dunking in a hot cup of coffee (cookies for breakfast ❤).Are biscotti healthy for you? ›
Overall, biscotti has some positive effects that make it a healthy snack option. It is low in fat, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and its crunchy texture can help satisfy hunger without overindulging.What to eat with biscotti cookie butter? ›
- Spread it on toast.
- Drizzle it over pancakes.
- Dollop it on waffles.
- Smear some on a cookie and add another cookie on top to make a cookie sandwich.
- Pour some over ice cream.
- Make Biscoff and banana sandwiches.
- Eat it by the spoonful!
Vin Santo & Biscotti Pairing
In Italy, Vin Santo is often served as a digestive at the end of a meal after espresso and considered a vini da meditazioni (meditation wine), which means it is meant to be sipped slowly. Vin Santo and Biscotti is a 'holy grail' of a pairing as the dry biscotti is less sweet than the wine.
Store biscotti in an airtight container, preferably a tin, which helps keep them crisp. Place parchment paper or waxed paper between layers of cookies to protect the icing. Stored properly, these biscotti will last up to 2 weeks. After that, the icing may begin to appear chalky.How do you eat Cantuccini? ›
In Italy, however, the traditional way to eat cantucci is to dip them in a sweet dessert wine called Vin Santo. Cantucci are not especially sweet, particularly compared to modern cookies, and dipping them in sweet wine instead of bitter coffee adds a whole new layer of deliciousness.What is the best snack to eat with cookie butter? ›
1 - Snacking
Spread it on a graham cracker, scoop up with pretzels, or slather on apple slices. I love the crunchy variety of cookie butter on apples.
Overall, biscotti has some positive effects that make it a healthy snack option. It is low in fat, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and its crunchy texture can help satisfy hunger without overindulging.Why is biscotti so popular? ›
Dubbed the "timeless cookie" because of the long history of the cake from Italy, because of its ability to preserve for a longer time than other cookies, and obviously 100% say no to preservatives, biscotti cake supplement this ability.
Vin Santo (or Vino Santo) is a smooth, sweet dessert wine made in Italy, but predominantly in Tuscany. The wine is cherished for its intense flavors of hazelnut and caramel. For centuries, many Italians cherish the tradition of the perfect pairing of Vin Santo with cantucci (biscotti).What does Vin Santo taste like? ›
Vin Santo is a full-bodied, typically very sweet dessert wine with aromas of hazelnut, caramel, honey, tropical fruit, perfume and dried apricot. It's one of those wines that sticks to the side of your glass and yet, when you taste it there's this crazy balance between its delicacy and its intensity.What alcohol is Vin Santo? ›
Vin Santo [vin ˈsanto] ("holy wine") is a style of Italian dessert wine. Traditional in Tuscany, these wines are often made from white grape varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia, though Sangiovese may be used to produce a rosé style known as "Occhio di Pernice" or eye of the partridge.What is difference between cantucci and biscotti? ›
Cantucci and biscotti are both Italian words. Cantucci is a specific type of biscuit (cookie) while biscotti is a general term that Italians use to refer to ANY and ALL kinds of cookies.What do Italians call their cookies? ›
Italians use the word biscotti when referring to products that Americans call cookies. The word cantucci is used by Italians when referring to the product Americans call biscotti.