Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Flecked with bright Meyer lemon zest and dotted with poppy seeds, these Meyer lemon poppy seed biscotti are what I reach for when I’m craving an addictive crunch. I usually find myself in that situation around 3:00 every afternoon, when a little snack is needed to offset the vat of coffee (ok, cup) I’ve inhaled.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Equally good with tea, the citrus adds nice floral notes to the cookies. For another variation, swap the poppy seeds with a half cup chopped almonds.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti
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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 biscotti
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Meyer lemon poppy seed biscotti are buttery and delicious! Golden and crisp, these cookies are perfect for dunking in coffee or tea. Recipe makes 24 cookies.


  • 2 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Amaretto
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Place Meyer lemon zest and sugar in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute.
  2. Combine lemon-sugar, butter, Amaretto, lemon juice, vanilla, and poppy seeds in a large bowl, stirring until smooth. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt just until incorporated; cover dough and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using moistened hands, shape dough into 2 (10-by-4-inch) loaves on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer loaves to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheet; bake 9 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 9 minutes more or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Store biscotti in an airtight container to keep them crisp, placing parchment paper between the layers. Biscotti can also be wrapped well and frozen for up to 3 months.

Keywords: Lemon, Meyer Lemon, Biscotti, Cookie

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  1. I love these crunchy biscotti.The lemon scent and the poppy seeds make them very tasty! In Spain we have a similar cookie named “carquinyoli” (with almonds or different types of nuts, usually) Basically is the same biscotti than the Italian “cantuccini”: a crisp golden cookie, perfect to dip in a cup of coffee (or in a glass of cherry 🙂

  2. Singular form for Biscotti is biscotto (just learned from your calorie note)! I was always curious about that. Anyway, I love biscotti!!!! Homemade is even better. I’ve only had lemon/poppy seed combination for bread and muffins. Biscotti sounds delicious!

  3. LOVE that you love meyer lemons! I would love to have one or two or maybe three of these with my morning coffee. Great job Laura!

  4. These would be perfect for that afternoon snack! Somehow no matter what 3pm hits and I need something!

  5. Lemon and poppy seed is a flavor combination that can’t be beat. I’m always reaching for a 3:00 snack. Looks like I’ll need to make a batch.

  6. That’s a wonderful afternoon snack. We always had biscotti at the office when afternoon sugar rush would set in 🙂