Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

For years I was the proud owner of a 1980’s flip phone.  My life was good, and it was simple.  I could make calls and receive calls, and I lived in the moment. I wasn’t distracted by my electronic device like the masses of people around me. Yeah, you know who you are.  Sadly, I haven’t had a conversation with either one of my son’s in years because I can’t get them to put down their phones for more than three minutes. I wondered to myself, what was happening on these phones that was so riveting.  Was I missing out on something? Was I suddenly becoming obsolete.

I started getting a lot of pressure from my friends regarding my lo-tech device. They were frustrated because I couldn’t text them, or send them photos.  And so, much to my dismay, I gave in and recently purchased an iPhone 5 as well as an iPad. These devices, which I had regarded as the downfall of civilization as we know it, have become my new obsession. So, here I am totally detached from the people around me because I’m so busy texting, tweeting and Instagraming because lord knows, the world is dying to see another photo of the burger I’m having for dinner. I want to go back to my old life where I had meaningful conversations with people, but I’m afraid that’s no longer possible.  I have an app that helps me convert ounces to grams, and one that tells me which transit to take when I’m in New York City, and honestly that’s a whole lot more interesting than talking to people. Am I right, or what.

However, today, I told myself  “Mama, step away from the phone”.  I pulled out the cookie sheets and decided to return to my old obsession…baking. I decided to share with you one of my all time favorites, the Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti, which I will undoubtedly enjoy as I tweet a photo of the finished product.

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Pine Nut Biscotti

From Great Cookies by Carole Walter


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts, divided
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • About 1 tablespoon hot water (or a little bit more)


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Place the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, or if you have a double one, place them in the center rack position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and then set aside.
  3. Place the butter and the lemon zest together in the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed. Then add the sugar in a few increments and beat for 1-2 minutes longer.
  4. Beat in the egg, then the yolks and vanilla and mix for another minute or two.
  5. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients in several additions and mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix. Using a spatula, gently fold in 1/4 cup of the toasted  pine nuts.
  6. Spoon half of the dough onto one of the baking sheets, and with lightly floured hands form the dough into two, 2 x 14 inch logs, with one log on each sheet.
  7. Using a pastry brush, brush each log with the egg wash and sprinkle the pine nuts on top of each log, pressing them into the dough so that they stick to the dough.
  8. Bake each log for 18-20 minutes until they become browned. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookie cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Lower the oven temp to 325 degrees F. Take each log off the cookies sheet one at a time, and place on a cutting board.  Using a good serrated knife begin to slice the log into 1/4 ” slices that you slice on an angle.  If you like a thicker cookie, make each slice 1/2 ” instead.
  10. Lay the cookies down on their flat side back on the sheet and place in the oven for another 9 minutes. Turn the biscotti over and then bake for another 9 minutes.
  11. While the cookies are baking, in a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, corn syrup and water to make a drizzling consistency glaze. If it’s too thick to drizzle, add a little water in small increments til you get the right consistency.
  12. Drizzle while the cookies are still warm. Let them cool to room temperature on a cooling rack so that the glaze hardens.

Yielded about 3 dozen biscotti

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti

Mama’s Tips

To toast the pine nuts: Place the nuts in a small, dry frying pan over a low heat, constantly stirring the nuts until they begin to turn light brown in color. Don’t leave them unattended as they will burn quickly. Toasting them will bring out their natural oils and that “nutty” flavor making your biscotti that much better.

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Recipe: Easy

60 Comments on “Lemon Pine Nut Biscotti”

  1. Saving this recipe, I love making biscotti and yours look very light, Sometimes the recipes I use produce a very dense cookies. Do you use a basic biscotti recipe and adapt to different flavors?

  2. Ellen Pressman says:


  3. Technology is good, but it should only be a tool. It’s our job not to make it an essential part of our lives. Your biscotti look delightful and perfect for a good old fashion conversation with friends or family.

  4. These look divine! Thank you for sharing, I am looking for some coffee now, and some of these treats!

  5. Love biscotti! The lemon with the pine nuts sounds wonderful!

  6. Nancy says:

    I wish my high-tech gadgets had a “smell” app – Looks delicious!

  7. ritavegas says:

    They look so scrumptious and light! The lemon and pine nuts,are the perfect marriage! Lemon really freshens up any kind of cookie or dessert!

  8. dinnerbysusan says:

    Too funny!!!

  9. kp4164 says:

    These look fantastic. Saving this recipe. Beautiful photography too! Glad to hear you’ve joined the Ieverything generation. I agree with you though, about missing good old fashioned conversation with others.

  10. bakergirl91 says:

    They look amazing! I cannot wait to try these for myself!

  11. Carole says:

    Hi there, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Corn was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole’s Chatter today. Cheers

  12. Hi, Cheryl. I love the biscotti and the photos are wonderful, as usual. I, too, have an older phone although it does allow me to send text messages and receive work e-mails when I travel on business. I also have an iPad 2 which I bought shortly after it was released. Even though they are fun, I don’t use the hi-tech stuff much. I hate sending text messages and e-mails are necessary because of work. My kids know if they want to talk to me, pick up the phone and call. I won’t respond to text messages. My primary geekness is my MacBook which I use constantly to browse the internet and do the food blog thing. Sometimes, it’s hard to put it down because there really is a treasure trove of information on the net. Cooking everyday, however, is always the solution and we never allow phones, TV or technology at mealtime, unless its breakfast when we watch the news and weather. Dining is a time for conversation and to catch up on what is happening in everyones’ lives.

  13. Ya, I understand your interest in staying away from new technology. I still have a basic phone, it texts, calls, takes pictures and does some limited internet browsing. It’s all I need to do the essentials and frankly my friends and family generally respect this is how I feel about upgrading. You’ve got the iPhone now, so it’s only a matter of time until you become an addict ;-), but for the iPad you can limit the amount of time you spend on it— I’m sure there is an app to help control that! Good luck in this brave new world.

  14. Joni says:

    Sheryl your biscotti look absolutely delicious!

  15. Guilty with whipping out my phone texting and taking photos, but I do have manners when it comes to engaging with the people I’m with. I think it’s sad when I see a couple at a restaurant both focused on their phones! Maybe they’re texting each other 😉 I made your chocolate biscotti and it was fantastic! Will try this too.

  16. Cloclyde says:

    very impressive looks like something you have to ship to the east coast!

  17. Beautiful photography! Looks so yummy 🙂

  18. I’m with you on technology, half the time I forget to even take my phone with me. This biscotti looks absolutely divine, I haven’t tried lemon before so I am keen to give this a try!

  19. Tamara says:

    mama, in addition to everything else, you have a great sense of humor…Good story, great photos and easy recipe…can’t be beat

  20. Michelle says:

    I loved my gigantic flip phone and even the small flip phones that followed, too. But I’ve loved every iPhone I’ve had even more. It’s like having the lost library of Alexandria right in my purse. 🙂 But I admit, it can’t make biscotti. And those look great.

  21. Looks incredible Sheryl! Can I have some with my cup of coffee? 😉

  22. I’m waiting for a photo of the burger you had for dinner – ha ha!

    I’m not much of a biscotti person, but who on earth could resist these with pine nuts AND lemon!

  23. Glad you stepped away from your devices to bake! These look divine! 🙂

  24. Cindy says:

    I love biscotti but haven’t made any in quite some time. These look so delicious! I pinned so I can remember to make these over the weekend. 😀

  25. Lol, Mama, you’ve come over to the dark side! When I was graduating high school, the big thing to have was a pager. What a useless piece of technology. Then when everyone started getting cell phones, i was dead set against it. I didn’t want to be able to be reached at all times of day, wherever I was. Then a friend bought me one as a birthday gift and it was all downhill. Still, I didn’t jump onto the smart phone band wagon until a few years ago and now I’m hooked. Sigh. You can’t fight it! I’m glad you tore yourself away long enough to make this gorgeous biscotti. Seriously, this looks like sunshine in cookie form. Beautiful!

  26. marialarese says:

    FANTASTIC RECIPE! They are cute and really tasty:) Compliments and thanks for your recipe.. if u like Italian food visit my blog.. i’m waiting for yoou:) Besos

  27. movita beaucoup says:

    I love, love, love biscotti, and these look divine. Love the lemon and pine nut combination!

    When the phone rings in my house – land line or cell – I just stare at it. I’m all: WHO CALLS PEOPLE ANYMORE? Cripes! Send a text! Send an email! Tag me on facebook! Don’t waste my time with your inconvenient person-to-person call. GAWD. Let me get to your issue/command/request when it is convenient FOR ME. Recently, after a friend made the mistake of actually calling me, I convinced her give up her 1980’s cell phone. (Kinda like this: http://www.ugo.com/the-goods/motorola-dynatac-8000x) Now she texts me from her new Samsung Galaxy. It has saved our friendship. For now – I mean, SHE DOESN’T HAVE FACEBOOK YET.

  28. So much enjoyed this post, biscuits look DELICIOUS and I was also computer zero/ i-phone zero, two years ago…..grew up with out electricity! Life was heaven, we told stories about our daily adventures, we dropped in to see neighbors, telegrams were so exciting, we walked to the post office. It’s fun now too, but there is definitely something missing and the day can fly buy and I am still in front of the screen!!!! ……..Enjoying your Blog ;))))))

  29. cbehr says:

    I would love to try these out! Cute pictures 🙂

  30. Without a doubt that biscotti is gorgeous. Beautiful food photography.

  31. ohlidia says:

    Oh Sheryl, these look like biscotti from heaven!! As for phone and technology, I am with you on that one! I am so not into mobiles… the one I currently have was purchased 3 years ago and I actually never have it with me! I go to the cottage often and we have no WiFi. My friends ask me how I do it and I turn around and ask them how they can constantly be checking their messages, texts, e-mails… Call me old-fashioned!

  32. LOVE these snapshots! The recipe sounds DELISH! And congrats for taking a break from technology! Doesn’t it feel DIVINE to be without it for a day or two?

  33. mymess says:

    I love biscotti~ my favourite actually. And i must say this one looks really delicious. Good bite size too!

  34. These look lovely! I like the idea of using pine nuts in a biscotti! I also love the photos in the espresso cups, so sweet! (Pun not intended originally but I quite like it!)

  35. Carolyn Chan says:

    Your experience with “upgrading” your phone made me laugh – think everyone has gone through that at one stage !

    These look divine !

  36. forkandbowl says:

    I love the presentation of your biscotti in the espresso cups – they look amazing!

  37. terrepruitt says:

    I often wish my family did not have iPhones and iPads. I am guilty of having my nose in it all the time . . . . I often think, “What would we be talking about/doing if we both weren’t nose-to-device?”

    These biscotti look so beautifully delicious!

  38. They look incredibly good. As for phones,I just got ANOTHER flip phone.If I go to texting,I will never hear another human voice again.

  39. Flora says:

    Looks delicious!

  40. I’ll order a box today!

  41. hofferbunch says:

    Beautiful photos and great recipes.

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