Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lemon, Almond and White Chocolate Biscotti - for Kelly-Confidential

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are at it again, at Kelly-confidential, you can select a perfect tea party outfit for Kelly's Tea Party for a Cause. When you do, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Foodbuzz will also donate $50 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for every tea party recipe created by a Featured Publisher before March 23rd!

I'm so happy to be able to help this great cause that is near to my heart.  Having tea parties was one of the favorite things I loved doing with my girls.  Each of the girls had their own tea set; I would fill their pots with tea, pour a little cream in their pitchers, and of course add a little sugar to their sugar pots.  The best tea parties need a little something good to eat at them.  I know we sure enjoyed having cookies at our parties.

Let me show you how to have the perfect tea party; get out your fanciest tea service!

Make some yummy cookies; like these biscottis I'm giving you the recipe for.  I adapted it from my Great Grandmother's recipe for Wine Cookies, a.k.a Biscotti. 

Lemon, Almond and White Chocolate Biscotti
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. lemon juice 
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips for melting

In a bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, lemon juice, lemon zest, almonds, white chocolate and salt.  Stir to combine.

Divide the batter into 3 equal pieces.  Shape the mixture into a rectangle and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat.  The dough is a little sticky, so shaping it on the silpat works good.  If the dough is sticking to your hands, you can also wet your hands and run them over the loaves.  They spread quite a bit so you will want to spread them out on the pan a little more than I did.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, let cool for 15-20 minutes.  Slice loaves into 1/2" slices and place back on baking sheet, cut side down and bake in 325 degree oven for 10-15 minutes longer.

In a small heatproof bowl add white chocolate chips and melt in double boiler or microwave.  Dip bottoms of cooled cookies in white chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment until chocolate is set up.

Our party wouldn't be complete without you coming over.  I'll pour us a cup of tea and share some biscotti; we will put our pinkies up and enjoy a chat.  Can you do me a favor and take a moment to go support Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation by visiting Kelly-Confidential!




  1. I have never made biscotti and these look and sound spectacular. These tea sets are adorable.I would love to join you girls for your tea. I too find ovarian cancer research an important issue.
    Happy weekend.

  2. Adorable tea service! Can we come over and have a party? I adore the biscotti. What a great combination of flavors you've got going there. It's on my list to try now!

  3. Anytime I can have a tea party, I am in heaven. I adore your little tea set. These biscotti look perfect with the lemon and almond combination. These are a must make! Enjoy the weekend.

  4. I've never tackled homemade biscotti~ yours looks so nice!

  5. Perfect biscotti! Now I want to take out our stuffed animals and sit around your lovely tea service and have a proper tea.

  6. hi Gina
    you must've read my mind, I was just thinking about biscotti. I love your tea party, wish I could be there to sit in!
    Have a happy weekend my friend

  7. Hi Gina, I love the white chocolate coating on your biscotti and I would happily be a guest at your tea party;-)

  8. These look SO good! Now that it's spring, I'm starting to get a taste for lemon and lime again...and these would be perfect. I'm working on my tea party post for Tuesday...all for such a great cause!!

  9. Oh Gina, these are absolutely lovely! Darling, dainty, and pretty... just what a tea party's all about :-)

  10. these biscotti are absolutely amazing. love the white chocolate dip.
    and the tea set, simply wonderful. i'd love spending my day throwing tea parties.
    thanks for sharing Gina

  11. Wonderful biscotti for a worthy cause...I will check out your link.

  12. great biscotti and what a fun tea set lovely post


  13. Gina, this biscotti recipe seems amazing! And you know, once I got to "white chocolate" I knew this was a great recipe for me :) And it's also for a great cause so double good job!

  14. I had tea parties with my grandma, mom and sister growing up, but we never had such a fancy cookie at our table...yours looks fantastic! I'm always drooling over biscotti flavors...I seriously think it's time I make some already!

  15. What gorgeous biscotti! I love the combination of flavors, they sound sooo good. :)

  16. What a cute tea set! And heavenly biscotti! WOw! ♥- Katrina

  17. sinfully delicious biscotti- drool...

  18. You know I love that you've adapted this from your grandmother's recipe! I'd love to join you for tea - that is the cutest tea set I've ever seen - I'll bring the tea sandwiches :) Great cause, I'd like to participate too.

  19. beautiful biscotti looks wonderful

  20. Gina, your biscottis are so perfect and beautiful. Would love to try your recipe. Such a great event that I would love to participate in, even if it's the last minute.
    Love the sweet little tea set. It would make any tea party a "memorable event!"

  21. Oh Gina you always throw the most fab parties! The tea set is so adorable makes me wish I had a daughter to have tea with :) How neat that this is an old family recipe for biscotti, they look delicious. And all for a great cause this is even better. Great post!

  22. Such a great cause! I just posted something also. Your biscotti are amazing Gina! Your tea set is so pretty. I need to try out your recipe for biscotti:)

  23. What a wonderful tea party!
    Your biscotti looks delightful and such a great recipe :) Wonderful post and hope you are having a great week...

  24. The biscotti looks wonderful.

  25. These biscotti are tres jolie! I'm always afraid of making biscotti, but you make it so easy!


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