Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti
I really like lemon in baked goods.

Lemon bread, lemon coconut donuts, lemon poppy seed muffins, lemon sweet rolls, and now lemon poppy seed biscotti.

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti
I always thought I was a chocolate person, but lemon is becoming a contender.. which is strange for me to say because I really am one of those people who could eat (or does eat!) chocolate everyday.

Mmmm, I suppose I could dip this biscotti in chocolate :-)

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti
Biscotti is really easy to make, easier than making homemade cinnamon rolls. Simply make the dough and put it on a baking sheet. The oven is going to do most of the work to get the biscotti to have its traditional biscotti texture.

Besides your family or coworkers may think you’re super fancy if you serve them homemade biscotti this week instead of brownies.

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: One 10x4 inch loaf of biscotti


  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 tbsp lemon juice from lemon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup and 6 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Combine the lemon zest and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the melted butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and poppy seeds, combine. Whisk in the eggs.
  2. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined.
  3. Gather the dough into a ball inside the bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  5. Shape the dough into a 10 inch by 4 inch loaf with rounded ends. Bake for 22 minutes or until golden in color. Remove the loaf from the oven and let it stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Use a bread knife to cut the loaf into 1 inch slices. Put the slices back on the baking sheet, cut side down. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Turn the slices onto the other side, bake for 7-9 minutes.
  7. Cool the biscotti on a wire rack. Enjoy and store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from Tutti Dolci.


Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti
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41 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti”

  1. I love biscotti, and this lemon poppyseed version is so perfect for spring!

  2. Beth, I love lemon and chocolate equally, too. Have you tried a gluten free biscotti? Oh, please say ‘yes.’

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      This biscotti I made gluten free! Using Andrea’s Gluten Free Flour.

    • Yay!!! I’m not familiar with Andrea’s products. I’ve not seen in our grocery store. Maybe my trusty natural food store carries it. Is that the gf flour you mentioned closed, and only sells online?

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Andrea’s Gluten Free Flour is more local to the St. Louis Area. Here is there website: http://www.andreasglutenfree.com/

  3. Katie @ Made to be a Momma — April 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    This looks delicious!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you friend!

  4. I love lemon – especially this time of year! I’m betting this would be great with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Great minds think alike!

  5. Amy | Club Narwhal — April 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Beth, I don’t know how it happened but I also became a citrus/lemon person (though my first love will always be chocolate). Biscotti is just the best, especially since it makes such a good dunking vehicle :) These look fantastic!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Haha, love it – good dunking vehicle!

  6. Ok, seriously … why did I not think of this. Love this recipe Beth! We are huge biscotti fans over here, mostly because we LOVE coffee and well biscotti and coffee just are the perfect pair. Pinned this and can’t wait to try.

    PS your photography lately has been looking all kinds of awesome!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I totally agree about pairing biscotti with coffee! Ha, thank you Krista!

  7. thisnortherngirl — April 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I had not realized biscotti is so easy to make. This one looks delicious. It’s also nice to see a biscotti without any nuts in it – dh is allergic. I think lemon beats chocolate too.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I am so glad this one is accommodating for your family!

  8. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon — April 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I pinned this recipe. I love biscotti just for a nibble, but I also like them crumble into whipped cream and fruit. Delish.


  9. Natasha In Oz — April 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    That looks amazing! Great pictures too.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Natasha!

  10. Anne — April 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Lemon biscotti sounds so good! Lemon is a great flavor this time of year. Can’t wait to try it! Visiting from Make Bake Create Wednesday link party.

  11. Terri@Timeless Treasure Trove — April 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I have some beautiful big lemons and I love anything that has poppy seeds in it, Definitely making this one over the weekend! Found you on Work it Wednesday!

  12. jeanetteann — April 11, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Beth,I think this is a must try. I wouldn’t mind it dipped in chocolate either. :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Hahaa! Me too!

  13. Great recipe to share at the Foodie Friends Friday Copycat Recipes Party
    Cheers! Joanne

  14. Winter — April 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my heck! You had me at lemon! Beautiful photography and I gotta try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the SITS Girls!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Winter! We appreciate you letting us know where you are coming from!

  15. Mallory — April 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I’m with you. I’m loving lemon this spring! can’t get enough of it! Looks delicious!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you Mallory!

  16. ashortblonde — April 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    These look great! I have yet to try biscotti but I have a few lemons that need to be used and quickly.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Perfect timing!!

  17. Thanks for linking at MM tonight! Love this recipe – pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      You’re the best Deb!

  18. Nibbles By Nic — April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    CONGRATS on being this weeks Most Viewed Feature at WONDERFULLY CREATIVE WEDNESDAYS!!! Can’t wait to see you this week and hop you share the wonderful news :-) Warmest, Nic

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you Nic!!!

  19. eva — April 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Looks yum yum, Would this work with no sugar? I am allergic to it.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      You would definitely want to find a replacement for it, opposed to just omitting it.

  20. Priyam — June 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    That looks soooo good. I love lemony flavor too…:)

    -Priyam @ http://priyam-simplejoys.blogspot.com

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      So glad to have another lemon loving friend!

  21. Rachel Rockwell — June 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This is on my list of must trys! Looks sooo good!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you Rachel! I hope you find time to make it!


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