Sunday, December 4, 2011

Italian Lemon Polenta Biscotti Cookies

Very crunchy lemony flavored biscotti one of our first cookies we bake every year a long time favorite.......


4 cups flour
3/4 cup polenta (corn meal)
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 eggs
1 cup toasted almonds coarsely chopped (optional)
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
2  teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 beaten egg yolk mixed with 4 tablespoons water

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, polenta, baking powder,lemon peel, and almonds if using and  set aside.
In another bowl, beat sugar with melted butter till light fluffy, blend in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla and lemon extract.
Form and shape into two logs, and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes on 350 degree oven,  then take lightly brush with egg yolk. Continue to bake at 350 degree oven, for 20 to 30 minutes until brown.  Cool around 5 minutes.

Cut while slightly warm into diagonal slices, place back on the baking sheet cut side down and toast till brown on once side then flip them over to toast the other.  Store in an airtight container.
These do not freeze well as they will become soft.

These cookies are perfect with some cappuccino


I just love putting up my Christmas village bakery shop, playing music and baking cookies,
tis the season~ enjoy!


24 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

What a lovely way to pass the cold afternoons...a cuppa tea, some of these....

Federica said...

I love cookies with corn flour. I made some last week but I didn't know this version with almonds. I absolutely have to try them. Thanks for the recipe :) Bye, have a great week

Tina said...

I am just imagining the crunch and lemon tang that these slices have. Perfect for curling up with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Also a perfect escape from all the extremely rich and over indulgent desserts out there. Yum!

Reeni said...

Lovely lemon cookies! And such cute village scenes - wish I could be magically transported there!

ARLENE said...

I adore biscotti and lemon is a favorite. I've never had any made with corn meal, but know I'd love them.

Mary said...

These would be perfect with tea in front of the fireplace. They are festive and delicious and I suspect they won't last long. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Drick said...

never had a cornmeal biscotti but it do sound wonderful, tasty and something I would like very much - bookmarking this one...
the Carpenters, now that brings back memories, saw them twice, my favorite at UA in Tuscaloosa, such great, innocent times....

Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never heard of polenta biscotti. I bet these taste delicious. I love polenta and biscotti. Turning the polenta into biscotti sounds great. I look forward to trying these.

Greg said...

These sound awesome! I will definitely give them a try. Great for Christmas brunch or a snack.

Curt said...

Mmmmm, lemon flavored biscotti cookies. I love the texture of these.

Amalia said...

These cookies look so delicious! I love the lemon and polenta, a spin on the usual cookie this time of year. And I just have to say, that Christmas village is SO AWESOME! I'm in love with it!! :))

Val said...

Every time I see a post for biscotti it reminds that I'm yet to have baked them, ever.Lemon in a biscuit is something I adore so hopefully these will be my new year treat too!

Jaime said...

Lovely change from the usual almond or chocolate biscotti, have saved the recipe to try out. Thanks for sharing it!

Lizzy said...

I'm so glad you've started your holiday baking! These look delicious...and would be the perfect hostess gift!

momdecuisine.net said...

I've never heard of polenta in biscotti, but it makes perfect sense. These look very tasty!

Kiri W. said...

Wow, i don't think I've ever had biscotti made with polenta - interesting! :)

Claudia said...

Yes - love using cornmeal in biscotti - and will do this on my biscotti cooking day. I also want to go live in your charming village. Is that possible?

Kiri W. said...

I love biscotti, and a simple lemon flavored variety is always a great staple to have :)

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, Sounds just delightful. I never had a biscotti with polenta. I think it sounds wonderful. Blessings, Catherine xo

Cucina49 said...

I love a good biscotto but have never made them with lemon--what a great idea--and I imagine the polenta gives them a little crunch. Buzzed and saved for my future use.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Wow, Claudia! I love biscotti, but I've never tried making it with polenta! Great recipe!

Magic of Spice said...

Polenta...love it! The texture must be so delightfully different, beautiful!

redkathy said...

We use cornmeal in many things but never cookies! These are fabulous Claudia.

Shu Juan said...

lemon cookies! I rarely come across this! Merry Christmas to you!

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