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Gingerbread Biscotti with White Chocolate & Lemon

Yield: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
This is the best gingerbread biscotti with lots of warm spices, a drizzle of white chocolate, and a sprinkle of lemon zest for brightness. The biscotti is absolutely delicious with a cup of hot coffee, tea, or brandy.


Gingerbread Biscotti

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 c white sugar
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs unsulphured molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Lemon White Chocolate Topping

  • 3 oz white chocolate
  • 1 Tbs lemon zest* (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 Tbs coarse sugar or sprinkles (optional)


To make the biscotti...

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the molasses and vanilla extract. Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until thoroughly combined. Add the flour mixture until you have a stiff, but sticky, dough.
  • Using damp or floured hands, divide the dough into two equally-sized balls. Place the balls of dough next to each other on the parchment-lined sheet pan. Then, working one at a time, shape each ball into a smooth rectangular log that is approximately 7x4x1'', leaving a couple of inches of space around the logs. Continue wetting or flouring your hands as needed. The logs should be parallel on the sheet pan.
  • Place the sheet pan on top of another sheet pan so that you have a double pan (this will prevent the bottom of the cookies from burning). **Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through until the top of the logs are dry and the edges are just starting to turn golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Lower the oven to 300°F. Meanwhile, slice the biscotti at a diagonal into 3/4'' cookies using a sharp serrated knife. Discard the very ends or save them for a snack!
  • Place the sliced biscotti cut-side up on the parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the tops are dry, but not burnt. Flip the biscotti, and bake for another 8-10 minutes, until the tops are dry and crisp.
  • Let the cookies cool on a rack. They will crisp up more as they cool.

Drizzle & decorate...

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate in 15-30 second increments, stirring in-between, until it's just melted. Place a piece of parchment paper under the cooling rack topped with the biscotti to prevent a big mess!
  • Using a piping bag or the tines of a fork, drizzle the white chocolate over the tops of the cookies. Immediately sprinkle with lemon zest and coarse sugar. Let the white chocolate harden, 15-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy the biscotti with hot coffee, tea, or brandy!


A note on the lemon zest: *I would recommend zesting the lemons before you begin baking and letting the zest 'dry' while you make the cookies. This will make the zest easier to sprinkle.
 A note on lemon oil: *If you prefer to flavor the white chocolate, you can use lemon candy flavoring (you can find it online or at craft stores). Just flavor the white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle like normal. Do not add lemon zest or lemon extract to the white chocolate, or it will seize.
A note on lemon sugar: *If you do not want to drizzle the biscotti with white chocolate, you can combine the lemon zest with the coarse sugar and sprinkle it over the top of the biscotti before the first bake. Then, once you slice and finish the second bake, you'll have a crunchy, lemony topping!
A note on baking: **I recommend placing your oven rack on the notch above the middle rack of your oven. This will prevent the bottom of the biscotti from burning.
Cuisine: American, Italian
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 181kcal, Carbohydrates: 24.8g, Protein: 2.7g, Fat: 8.2g, Saturated Fat: 4.9g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 130mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 11.8g, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg
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