When I picked up my food co-op basket this weekend, I was happy to see a few ripe lemons inside. I wanted to put them to good use so I made lemon almond biscotti. The word biscotti is the plural version of biscotto which comes from bis and cotto, the Italian terms for twice-cooked. Biscotti is also the generic term for cookie in Italian. This type of cookie originated centuries ago as an ideal food for soldiers, sailors and travelers, who needed sustenance while on long journeys. Today, biscotti are usually enjoyed with wine or coffee.
I wanted my biscotti to have a noticeable lemon flavor so I added both lemon juice and zest to the dough. This definitely had the desired effect as the cookies are slightly tart yet sweet. The lemon icing adds a little extra sweetness and a nice texture.