‘Summer time…and the lemon is easy…. ‘ Oh I do love cookies and summertime and lemon and biscotti!
My second Biscotti posting in the last few months – what can I say? I think it’s the perfect cookie! My last shared recipe of Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti left me with a craving for more…more cookies please!
These are low fat, low calorie and pair wonderfully with your favorite tea. They are also super easy to make and totally shareable! So what’s not to love? Cookies + Sharing = Love Love and cookies….rainbows and unicorns…okay, getting schmaltzy now….time to just shut up and give you the recipe!
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- grated rind of 1 medium lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoons almond extract
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- Glaze (optional)
- ½ cup confectioners' or glazing sugar
- 1½ teaspoons lemon extract
- 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) one large baking sheet.
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, lemon rind, almond extract, and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Beat in the lemon juice and eggs; the batter may look slightly curdled. At low speed of your mixer, add the flour, stirring until smooth; the dough will be sticky.
- Plop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Shape it into a log that’s about 13" long x 3" wide x 3⁄4" thick. Straighten the log, and smooth its top and sides; a wet spatula or wet bowl scraper works well here.
- Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool on the pan anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes.. Reduce the oven heat to 325°F.
- Using a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water, lightly but thoroughly spritz the log, making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. Softening the crust just this little bit will make slicing the biscotti much easier.
- Wait another 5 minutes, then use a serrated knife to cut the log crosswise into 1⁄2" slices.
- Set the biscotti on edge on the prepared baking sheet. Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 30 to 35 minutes, till they feel very dry and are beginning to turn golden around the edges. Remove the biscotti from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool. Keep in mind that they will harden while cooling so careful not to cook until crispy!