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Lemon Ginger Poppy Seed Biscotti - A Family Feast

Lemon Ginger Poppy Seed Biscotti

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 36 biscotti


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, honey and lemon zest until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add ginger and vanilla extract and mix again. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In another bowl, add flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine.
  4. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix just until combined. Repeat with the other half of the flour mixture. (You may need to use a spatula to stir up and mix any dry batter from the bottom of the bowl.) Divide the batter into 2 equal size balls with your hands.
  5. Lightly flour your countertop. Form each ball of dough into a 12-inch log, then place lengthwise on the prepared cookie sheet, approximately 3 inches apart. Press down on the log slightly to flatten the top so it is about 3-inches wide.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top and slightly firm to the touch. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Lower the oven temperate to 300 degrees F.
  8. Once cooled for 10 minutes, with a large spatula, carefully transfer the logs to a cookie sheet. Line your cookie sheet with a clean piece of parchment paper.
  9. Using a serrated knife, slice the logs into ½-inch slices. (You can cut the biscotti straight across the log for mini biscotti, or diagonally for longer biscotti.)
  10. Place each slice upright and slightly apart onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly dry. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled biscotti. Allow the glaze to set up for about 15 minutes before serving or storing in an air tight container for up to 1 week.