I love all kinds of Biscotti, but knowing the Lemon Obsession I have, I knew I had to make these Lemon Almond Biscotti recipe from my friends at King Arthur Flour. Italian cookies are really my weakness. They’re not overly sweet, and most are perfect for any time of day. Even breakfast! I searched for years for a recipe for Frosted Lemon Anginetti Cookies that would mimic those at my favorite Italian bakery. They are called Lemon Totos at the bakery. I finally found a recipe that was close if not better. Sometimes it takes years to find the perfect recipe!
I found this recipe without even looking. And I know its as much of a keeper as is my Lemon Anginetti Cookie recipe. And it’s very similar. Not too sweet, and that wonderful lemon flavor, with the perfect balance of almond. I even think they would be excellent with pistachios in them. Just don’t be like me and burn your cookies on the second bake, because you were on the computer and not paying attention. That only leads to re-making the recipe. Yes, they were that good!
Like the Lemon Anginetti cookies, you can glaze them or not. It just depends how sweet you like things. Either way, they’re a keeper.
I did use the European Lemon Zest which added a subtle lemon flavor to these cookies. This lemon zest would be excellent to sprinkle on top of cupcakes, cookies, etc as well.
I used lemon juice powder in the glaze. What a difference between using fresh lemon juice! Fresh lemon juice makes the icing have a “tin” taste, and can be very offensive. As the Lemon Juice Powder is pretty potent, it has a smoother and brighter lemon flavor.
I didn’t use the Glazing Sugar. I wish I had. It was at my office and I didn’t feel like driving to go get it. So I used regular confectioner’s sugar. The only problem is, the glaze tends to “sink in” and although it taste’s pretty good, it doesn’t show very well. I even tried coloring the icing yellow to make it stand out, but still not much better. The Glazing Sugar dries firm, fast and shiny, and looks white when it dries. I will definitely use it next time!
*European Lemon Zest is a lightly sweetened, very finely grated, unsulphured peel that is perfect in these cookies.
** Glazing Sugar is specially formulated to dry firm, fast and glossy.
***Lemon Juice Powder is a concentrated lemon powder for icings and baked goods.
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