The Recipe ReDux: Iced Lemon Biscotti Bites

Iced Lemon Biscotti Bites

Happy 1st birthday to The Recipe ReDux! In early 2011, Serena & I were fortunate enough to have our dietitian colleague and friend, Regan Jones of The Professional Palate, approach us to collaborate on an idea she was kicking around – a monthly recipe challenge that emphasized delicious, beautiful AND healthy recipes. After a few months of planning, with about 20 dietitian and healthy food bloggers willing to take the plunge, we all shared our favorite healthy grilling recipes on June 21st, 2011 and we haven’t looked back. With over 70 members from across the U.S. and around the world actively participating, we continue to be inspired by the creativity and healthy inspiration that comes around on the 21st each month.

So appropriately, this month’s theme is “Small Bites to Celebrate Big” where members share their favorite mini-portion sweet treat. Now I’ve been blogging for a year and surprisingly, I have yet to share a biscotti recipe. Biscotti has always been my go-to baked good for many years, whether it be for a hostess gift, a potluck dinner or a holiday cookie tray. I’ve made my share of Baby Biscotti and Bridal Biscotti for shower favors (and even Boo Biscotti for a Halloween party at one time.)

I’ve baked many combinations (my favorite is a toss up between snickerdoodle and pistachio/cherry) but I wanted to come up with a special flavor for ReDux’s 1st birthday. Brainstorming at my kitchen counter, I glanced my bowlful of lemons and that was it. I used some homemade lemoncello in the batter for an extra kick. Another tweek was to roll the dough into shorter, smaller loaves for more of a bite than a whole cookie to fit into the theme.

The Recipe ReDux: Iced Lemon Biscotti Bites

Makes 2 1/2 dozen biscotti


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons limoncello (or fresh lemon juice)
  • Zest from half of a small lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from half of a small lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix together oil, limoncello, lemon zest and eggs. Pour wet ingredients into flour mix, mixing until batter just holds together. Divide the dough in half.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch long x 2-inch wide x 1/2-inch thick log. Repeat with other dough half.
  5. Place logs onto a greased cookie tray and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and transfer logs to rack. Cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F.
  8. Using a serrated knife and cutting board, slice logs into 1/2-inch wide cookies.
  9. Place back on cookie tray and bake for 20 more minutes, turning cookies over half way through baking.
  10. Remove from oven and place on racks.Cool completely before icing.
  11. While cookies cool, whisk together powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and zest.
  12. Once cookies are cooled, drizzle icing over all cookies. Let icing harden for about 30 minutes before serving. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

Iced Lemon Biscotti Bites for The Recipe ReDux 1st birthday

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  1. Ooooh a biscotti that is nut free! Thank you!!

  2. These look great and I’m surprised by how easy it sounds to make them. I have to try it! Happy Birthday to the ReDux! Wish I could have celebrated, but didn’t get a chance this month.

  3. Biscotti cookies are my favorite cookie. I make them every year around the Christmas holidays and give them to family and friends. My favorite is chocolate with pistachio nuts (then dipped in dark chocolate). Like your idea of making them smaller and petitie. Sometimes all you want is a bite or two.

  4. Oh biscottis are definitely a favorite of mine and yours look so delectable…and professional looking! Thank you for creating Recipe Redux! I love being a part of it. You ladies are amazing!:)

  5. I’m imaging one of these {made gluten-free} with a nice cup of green tea for an afternoon treat. Delicious! I’m so happy you, Serena, and Regan came up with the Recipe ReDux. What a fun year it has been. Happy Birthday!!!

    • I’m sure you could whip up a delectable gluten-free version (would be tasty with almond flour :) So love having you as one of our original ReDuxers!

  6. aww. i love biscotti… close to my heart too. though i’ve never made a lemon version. i love it… so perfect for the summer. and so grateful for the work and interest you, serena & regan have put into the redux. so glad for all the delicious recipes the year has brought, but especially grateful for the friendships that have come out of it too!

  7. This looks fabulous!
    You know, I have never made biscotti! But I love the idea of serving at parties and showers.

  8. Love the new look of the blog, by the way! :)

    • Thanks much Kristen – it’s been a wonderful year and so fun that you’ve been along for the ride since the start – thrilled to have you as an original ReDuxer :)

  9. Awww, you have a candle, too! 😀 Your biscotti recipe sounds so good with lemon! I haven’t made biscotti in a very VERY long time, I think this would be a nice summery flavor.

  10. Love your photos!! And your recipe looks so yummy. Thank you for letting me be a part of your celebration! And the graphics on your new webiste – wow!

  11. Happy 1st Birthday to Recipe Redux! This recipe is perfect. Biscotti is my favorite go-to treat as well. And lemon biscotti…well that just makes me happy. :-)

  12. Mmmm… I’ve never made biscotti but this looks like a great recipe to start with!

  13. These look wonderful. I LOVE lemon. That is a great idea to be able to make healthy biscotti cookies. I will have to give them a try!

  14. I think these would go great with my morning coffee!! So refreshing!

  15. Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. These biscotti look wonderful, and such an unique idea for a celebration dessert- great photo!

  16. What a great recipe! These biscotti must be delicious with all the lemon flavor. And I love the fact that you are using canola oil. It’s been a while since I made biscotti, I think this is the recipe I’ll be trying next time. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Love biscotti too and like the smaller size since I just want a bite or two usually… Happy Birthday to Recipe Redux… glad to finally be part of it :)

  18. Your photos are beautiful and the candle is a nice touch! Happy birthday Recipe Redux!

  19. Ooh, those look delicious! I love lemon *anything* and my stepbrother just made some homemade meyer lemon limoncello!

  20. Hannah Gilbert says:

    Oh Deanna, these look absolutely delicious. I adore biscotti and love the touch of lemon. Beautiful photographs too!

  21. Deanna, these look amazing! Every summer I host a luncheon at my home for friends, friends of friends and clients…it keeps growing! Anyway, I am definitely including your biscotti! Thank you

  22. Happy Birthday ReDux! Being Italian I LOVE biscotti and lemon – especially limoncello. Your pics look great…do you take them yourself? They look professional!

    • I’m part Italian too, so it’s definitely in the genes. Glad you like the photos – I actually take them on an iPhone! Have learned a lot – still have a lot to learn when it comes to phone photography :)

  23. Perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Deanna, that biscotti looks delicious! I am interning with Regan and love seeing all of the ReDux posts. It looks like it has been a great year!!

    Molly Jones
    Intern for ReganMillerJonesInc.

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