Lemon Biscotti with Almond and Vanilla

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Dunkable cookies, familiarly known as biscotti, as you know, are coffee cafe favorites. Lemon Biscotti with Almonds and Vanilla is a seasonal favorite I love to make this time of year.




“The biscotti found in stylish cafes today have utterly common origins. The first biscotti, often referred to as Biscotti di Prato, were created in 14th-century Tuscany in the city of Prato and were made from almonds, which were abundant in the region.”

The dough, formed into logs, baked, cooled, and re-baked is a coffee lover dream cookie. “Whereas Italians use the word ‘biscotti’ to refer to various cookies, Americans use the term to refer to the singular long, crisp, twice-baked Italian cookie.”

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I came to my love of coffee late. Well, to be honest, I’m still not all the way to coffee. I have a latte… every day, without fail. And sometimes at night when the house quiets and the dark settles in like a warm hug, I think about that latte. Anticipating the next sunrise. And that first sip of warm goodness. It’s bad — I know.

While I’m sort of a purist when it comes to that latte, meaning I take it straight without any frills or flavors, I do sometimes like a little treat along side.

Biscotti is one of my favorite treats to pair with that oh-so-delicious latte.

And seasonal biscottis… I almost can’t pass up.

This biscotti recipe is one of those. Lemon and sunshine just go together. Add a little vanilla and almond, and to me… it’s perfect.

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By the way, it’s just as delicious with tea as it is coffee. And yes, that’s my nighttime, every night, warm beverage of choice. With lemon, of course.

Lemon Biscotti with Almonds and Vanilla

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Lemon Biscotti with Almonds and Vanilla

Lemon Biscotti with Almonds and Vanilla | 31Daily.com

Dunkable cookies, familiarly known as biscotti, as you know, are coffee cafe favorites. Lemon Biscotti with Almonds and Vanilla is a seasonal favorite I love to make this time of year.

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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and juice until soft and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, until mixed.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until smooth. Fold in almonds. The dough will be sticky.

Drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Divide in half and shape into two logs, about 2-inches in diameter. Smooth the tops and sides of each log.

Bake in 325°F oven for about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Using a serrated knife cut the log crosswise into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch slices. (If you like longer slices, cut loaf on the diagonal).

Turn each slice to its side and return to the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, flipping each slice halfway through.

The biscotti should feel dry to the touch and be a light golden brown. They will continue to dry as they cool.

Store at room temperature.


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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.