It's National Cookie Day! I stocked up for this day and for the season! I bought 6 pounds of butter a couple of weeks ago and I'm afraid it won't last through this season of cookie making!
My instagram profile states that I love cookies – hehe, it's just that simple. That's why it's not a reach that Lindsay and I organize the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! OXO® asked the both of us if we’d like to help make a holiday cookie video in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I got really excited, said yes and then realized what I said yes to (me on video haha). Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, it is a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. How heartbreaking and at the same time so inspiring, they are raising money for children's cancers one cookie at a time.
Curtis and I visited Lindsay and her husband, Taylor, in October and thought it would be perfect timing for us to film this video. We had a lot of fun and Lindsay did an amazing job of editing tons of video down to less than 4 minutes! And to mention, we have no foreheads in the video…to Taylor's credit, he did mention that to us and we kinda ignored him. Hehe If you can't see the video above, check it out here.
I'll be completely honest with you, I have never been a really big fan of biscotti – but making it at home is much better. I'm a soft and chewy cookie fan, crunchy cookies I'm not too big on so when Lindsay suggested we try biscotti, I wanted to try it. What I didn't count on was liking them so much! Since they are homemade, they aren't as hard a cookie as I recalled biscotti to be. Lindsay is sharing her version which is an orange and dark chocolate biscotti.
Mix the butter and sugar until it's fluffy and then add the eggs, one at a time. Be sure to mix thoroughly between each egg.
Bottom corner: add the vanilla, Meyer lemon zest and Meyer lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and then add the dry ingredients in batches. Then add the white chocolate!
Form the dough into two logs. But first, wet your hands or spray them with non-stick cooking spray. When they're done, let them cool a little and then cut them into 1.5 to 2 inch cookies and bake them once again for 15 minutes.
Biscotti makes great gifts for your family and friends. They are a stronger cookie than most and ship really well. I used a cute Martha Stewart ribbon and these Wilton bags to wrap them up.
You'll love this recipe. I'm obsessed with Meyer lemons and am so excited since they are in season! They aren't as tart as a regular lemon and I think that's why I love them so. They smell so good too…they make my entire kitchen smell so light and fresh when I cook and bake with them.
I added a cup of Cafe Escapes Chai latte (K-Cup) and enjoyed the biscotti and the chai when I was done…yummy! And I'm just a little obsessed with Cafe Vanilla flavor. I love that the biscotti goes with both coffee and tea!
Meyer Lemon and White Chocolate Biscotti Recipe
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest, from 2 Meyer lemons
- 2 Tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl or using a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in Meyer lemon zest, Meyer lemon juice, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In batches, add the flour mixture, and mix until incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips.
- Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a 2-inch-by-13-inch log. Grease or wet your hands as the dough is pretty sticky. Repeat with remaining dough, leaving about 3 inches of space between logs. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- When cookies are cool enough to handle, cut them into slices using a sharp serrated or bread knife. Arrange slices, cut sides facing up, on the cookie sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to an airtight container or zippered plastic bag for up to 1 week.
Disclosure: I have a working relationship with OXO and I'm a compensated K-Cup Ambassador. I only work with brands that I love and all opinions are always my own. There are affiliate links in this post.
This recipe is amazing l have tried to make biscotti forever this is the easiest and very delicious recipe. I’m thinking about dipping them
In white chocolate with lemon zest. Nom nom
Louise M. says
Made this recipe , very good except should have turned the biscotti over half way baking 7 1/2 mins each side
These are beautiful, Julie! I didn’t get to be in the cookie exchange this year, but I can’t wait for next year. I’m going to be all over that!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
You guys are just too cute! And this biscotti – amazing! I’m thrilled that it’s meyer lemon season (I actually have a costco-sized box) so I know what I’ll be making this weekend! 🙂
addie | culicurious says
Looks like ya’ll had a fun time. And your recipe looks super tasty 🙂 I love Meyer lemons!
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Biscotti and lemon is such a delicious combination! And I have about 30 lemons in my pantry from my lemon tree!
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
What a great cause! And cute video. 🙂 Even cute packaging. Everything here is just so darn cute. I like this post. A lot!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
I am with you on store-bought biscotti–I never understood what the big deal was about that. But these I would totally try. Love Meyer lemons! And love your video too! 😀
Linda | The Urban Mrs says
Aww Julie, you both look so adorable and the video is fun to watch.
Carla @ Carlas Confections says
I have to agree with you that Im not a huge fan of biscotti, but I would definitely love to try these! The video is so cute! I love it, and what a great cause too. Im so glad that I got to be a part of the FB cookie swap this year 🙂
Great video for a worthy cause. You all are too cute. 🙂
Sydney @ Crepes of Wrath says
So pretty! I bought all the stuff for packaging cookies earlier this week – now I just need to decide what I’m baking! I love that you already bought 6 pounds of butter. It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not, is it? Especially when you’re making roll-out cookies or anything that require a bit of density in order to stick together. The video is adorable and I love her lime green mixer!
Robyn | Add a Pinch says
Love this video! Y’all are great!!!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
Great video, pshh who needs a forehead anyhoo 😉 I love Meyer lemons and in my next life want to be a bar of white chocolate!!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
You two are great in the video, and I love the end blooper!! Biscotti is great for the holidays and to give as a stocking stuffer.
Jess @ OnSugarMountain says
Oooo I love these ! I’ve just recently become a fan of biscotti as well, I always have trouble finding meyer lemons though :/ Do you find yours right in your normal grocery store? Or should I try Whole Foods?
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
This is SO pretty! I love lemon. Homemade biscotti is way better!
Cassie | Bake Your Day says
I love the video, you are aweome! And so are the biscotti!
claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
Oh I’ve never had lemon biscotti!!! What an awesome recipe 🙂
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
these look excellent Julie!
[email protected] says
What a fun video of you and Lindsay! Funny about the heads being chopped off – we made a video over the summer and my son cut off our heads too 😉
I can’t decide whose I like better, yours or Lindsay’s!
Yum, what great flavours! And I am already into my 3rd or 4th pound of butter…it’s just never enough!
Diane (createdbydiane) says
LOVE your video and the biscotti looks wonderful!
Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas says
Your video turned out great! I’m so glad you have been involved with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, I think we as food bloggers can all make a big difference.
Adam @ Inspired Taste says
You two are so cute together 🙂 Great video and the biscotti looks out of this world.
great video girls! I love Meyer lemons as much as you do 🙂 And I honestly LOVE biscotti…they remind me of childhood and dipping them in coffee (that’s how you get rid of the hardness 🙂 )
These sound so fresh and citrusy, love this Julie.
Kelly Senyei says
So cute! You girls look gorgeous!
Ahhh I love your video! You too are so cute. Lindsay did a spectacular job editing the video! And of course the recipe looks awesome!
elizabeth @ chronic venture says
mmm love this! lemon anything is usually my fave choice for cookies and baked goods! i might have to make some of these for gifts. Loved watching you 2 cook as well!
[email protected] says
Love those two cute girls!! What a great clip. 🙂
This is a gorgeous recipe.
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
I love that meyer lemon and white chocolate combo! And great video! 🙂
shelly (cookies and cups) says
awww! I love the video! You both did great! My favorite part was when the timer was going off 🙂
Love you girls!
Kathy - Panini Happy says
You’re making me wish I had a cup of coffee right now!
Lisa | With Style and Grace says
you two are so adorable! I love a biscotti, especially with my coffee or hot chocolate!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Love the video and spirit of this post! And I am not a big biscotti eater based on the hard texture either, but you have me intrigued.
Love that it’s Natl Cookie Day, too 🙂
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
I always thought it was like biting into a brick too. I’m glad that doesn’t have to be true. Sounds really delicious and I LOVE that Chai Latte you mentioned. It sounds like it would be a perfect complement to it.
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
Ooooooh! A video! How fun! These biscotti look glorious!
Laura (GotChocolate) says
Yum, yum, yum! I’m TOTALLY with you on not liking crunchy cookies and such, but you have me sold on trying this recipe. You’re right, homemade is so much better.
You’re video is great too. 😀
Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says
I love biscotti and can’t wait to try this version! Love the video, y’all did such a great job and it was obvious you two were having fun. So glad to be supporting this cause!
Deb H. says
I will be making these bad boys real soon. Nothing beats homemade biscotti, so much better than store bought…and I love lemon and chocolate together. I’m not sure what kind of lemons are growing in mom’s neighbor’s tree but have to give it a try with those. Thanks for the recipe
Julie @ Table for Two says
I love what you two do and the cause! You two are so fun and cute in this video 🙂 wish i were there!