Coconut biscotti with hints of lemon zest are perfect for spring! Not only are the biscotti delicious and easy to make, but they happen to be vegan as well!
Biscotti is such a wonderful cookie. It’s pretty much the only cookie I can control myself around. I love how crunchy it is, that it isn’t overly sweet, and it’s perfect for dipping in coffee or tea. I’ve made lots of different kinds of biscotti in the past. This Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti was a hit at Christmas time, but since it’s spring I wanted a flavor combination to fit the season. Coconut and lemon were the perfect answer!
Earlier this week I made these Tropical Muffins with Macadamia-Coconut Topping and used coconut sugar for the first time. Since I loved it so much, I thought it would be the perfect sweetener for this biscotti. I also used coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, and coconut extract to give it a great coconut flavor. For the lemon part of the biscotti I stuck to just using lemon zest. I personally find that the zest has stronger lemon flavor than the juice.
If you’ve never made biscotti it’s pretty simple and doesn’t even require a mixer of any kind, which is uncommon when making cookies. It does require more baking time than other cookies, but that just means the smells of cookies baking will be in your house longer. Biscotti is an Italian cookie or biscuit that is twice baked. You form the dough into a log, bake it once, remove it from the oven and let it cool briefly, cut it into oblong pieces, then bake the individual cookies a second time. Double baking the cookies is what gives them that dry, crunchy texture.
To finish off these Coconut Lemon Biscotti I drizzled them with a coconut lemon glaze. The glaze is optional, but I love the little bit of extra sweetness and punch of coconut lemon flavor that it gives the biscotti and it makes them look extra pretty! Biscotti is not only delicious as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea, but equally tasty in the morning with a cup of coffee. I bet mom would love a couple of these Coconut Lemon Biscotti with her morning Mother’s Day coffee!