Black Pepper Biscotti

Black Pepper Biscotti

Blending citrus flavors from Triple Sec and lemon zest with the spicy bite of fresh cracked pepper, our Black Pepper Biscotti is a savory twist on one of our favorite cookie classics.

My family loves it when I prepare homemade biscotti. Whether they dunk it in coffee or eat it with soup like a cracker, there’s just something decadent and delicious about pairing a big crunch with something that warms the soul. Although we all love my Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti, which is rich, packed with cocoa and nuts and perfectly complements a steaming espresso or cappuccino, sometimes I want something a bit different. My Black Pepper Biscotti is lightly sweetened with 10x (confectioner’s sugar) and pairs tangy citrus flavors from lemon zest and Triple Sec with a peppery finish that creates a unique biscotti that is sweet enough for breakfast or dessert and savory enough for any other time of day.

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 60 minutes + cooling time


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • Confectioner’s sugar


  1. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in Triple Sec, lemon peel and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in dry ingredients. Cover and chill just until slightly firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on work surface. Divide dough in half. Roll each half on sugar to 11-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake until firm to touch, about 40 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Transfer logs to work surface. Discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake until dry, about 20 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

TIPS: Serve biscotti with coffee or a savory soup, as they are great any time of day. These can be prepared 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container.

YIELDS: Makes about 30

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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