Lemon Anise Biscotti

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


3 dozen

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
With the growing popularity of gourmet coffees, cappuccino and espresso, I’m finding lots of people enjoy these classic Italian lemon biscotti. —Carrie Sherrill, Forestville, Wisconsin
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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons aniseed, crushed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add oil and extracts; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture. Beat in lemon zest and aniseed.
  2. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, shape each portion into a 12x2-in. rectangle. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness.
  3. Bake until golden and tops begin to crack, 30-35 minutes. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a cutting board; cut with a serrated knife into scant 3/4-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 5 minutes. Turn and bake until firm and golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. If using glaze, whisk confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over biscotti; sprinkle with zest. Store in an airtight container.
Lemon Biscotti Tips

What is a good glaze to add to lemon biscotti?

To punch up the sweetness of lemon biscotti, try our quick vanilla glaze mixed with a teaspoon or so of fresh lemon zest.

Can you use lemon extract instead of grated lemon zest?

If you’re out of fresh lemons, you may use lemon extract instead. Our rule of thumb is to substitute 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract for every 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Although, you do have a few more options for lemon zest substitutes if you don’t have extract either.

How do you serve lemon biscotti?

Lemon biscotti are the perfect thing to serve with a cup of coffee or tea. You can level up to a homemade latte—even if you don’t have an espresso machine. And if you love these lemon biscotti, check out more biscotti recipes.

How should you store lemon biscotti?

You can store cooled lemon biscotti in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, but you'll probably polish them off before then!

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant, and Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 65 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.