Green Tea Biscotti

in Breakfast, Cookies

I have getting older plans. Not just older like, fifty-five…but like older older. You know…

And I’ve decided that when I’m that age, I’m gonna have a group of old lady friends..and we’re gonna be ladies who lunch. On the regular.

We’re gonna get dressed up, wear brooches on our tops, curl our hairs all nice, go to lunch, gossip and laugh a lot…and probably get really drunk. Because I mean, why not…we’re gonna die soon.

I got this idea when I met my future-older-self in the elevator, at a museum, this past weekend.

This older woman was with her group of girlfriends. They looked beautiful in pretty outfits. Their make-up was done perfectly. Their eyes were warm and their laughs were genuine.

They chatted to each other about what they had for lunch (cobb salad!) and who their favorite contemporary artists were. I smiled at them. I told them they looked nice. I totally had girl crushes on them.

And then one of the women turned to me and said something that I’ll never forget. She said, “Always dress for the elevator, honey. You never know who you’ll be stuck in one with.”

Lady wisdom. I dig it.

I wanted to hug her when she told me that. I mean, isn’t that amazing?!

AHH! If I was really brave, I might’ve invited myself over to her house for a game of backgammon. I’m pretty awesome at that game, as I’m sure she is, too.

I would’ve brought these green tea biscotti. Because they’re the perfect accompaniment with afternoon tea/coffee cocktails.

The green teaness (real word? meh…) is quiet and delicate. Sometimes green tea can be bitter. Not to worry…there’s no bitterness in these.

These biscotti won’t break your teeth. The have give, they’re tender and there’s just the perfect amount of crunch due to the twice bakedness and slivered almonds.

And what I love even more is that they aren’t super sweet. Just a hint.

If you’re looking to take these to the next level, may I suggest dipping the ends in some melted chocolate?! That’d be delightful.

Now, I think we all need to prepare for that elevator moment and find a slew of sparkily brooches and the perfect pair of clip-on earrings…

Green Tea Biscotti

Recipe halved and tweaked from Leite’s Culinaria

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1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 tablespoon matcha powder
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 egg white
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, matcha, and salt.

In another medium bowl, beat the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture, in a few batches, stirring after each batch until the dough comes together. Dough should be moist. Stir in almonds.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 5 or 6 times. (Note: I had to knead it in order for all the flour to properly combine.)

With floured hands, roll the dough into a log approximately 12 inches long, flattening the top slightly. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the log with the egg white then generously sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.

Transfer the log to the baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and firm to the touch, about 22 to 25 minutes. Remove the logs from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Reduce the oven temperature to 275°F. Transfer the cooled logs to a cutting board and slice them on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick slices using a serrated knife. Lay the cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake again until the biscotti are lightly toasted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Using tongs, turn the cookies over and bake until slightly dry, about 15 to 20 more minutes. Cool the biscotti on wire rack.

Yields about 12 biscotti

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Farmor October 12, 2011 at 6:54 am

That truly is some grand Lady wisdom! What a wonderful encounter! I also look forward to those days, filled with cocktails and hanging around in museums! Can’t wait to get old! :)


Kathryn October 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

That is some very sage advice there and some wonderful biscotti!


Will October 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

Just discovered your lovely blog via Susan at Simplesong and I’m so pleased I clicked over – there is a whole lotta inspiration going down over here!


Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Yay! So glad you found me.


Jessica @ How Sweet October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

so freaking creative. i def want to be your old lady friend, fyi!


Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

You totes would be.


Katrina October 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Yum! I need to try this soon!


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

these biscotti are GORGEOUS! i like green tea, but can definitely use more of it in my diet after i give birth :)


Bev Weidner October 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I am SO going to be one of those ladies. With a possible jumpsuit on and a fair amount of sparkle adorning my wrinkly hands.

Find me. We’ll dip these biscotti in wine, how bout it?


Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm



Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Wonderful biscotti recipe!


jill October 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

you are hysterical!


dana @ my little celebration October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Genius! I’ve been curious about Matcha powder for a while now but since I have a recipe to use it in, I might have to investigate it more thoroughly. Genius recipe, friend!


DessertForTwo October 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

What a great idea! (the biscotti & to always look nice)


Heidi October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Are you going to wear purple clothes and red hats? I too would love to be a lady who lunches and then afterwards we can have coffee (or tea) and eat these beautiful biscotti!


Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hats are totally necessary.


nicole {sweet peony} October 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

first- the green tea biscotti look fabulous… i love green tea!

second- i must know where you got your mug & lacey plate! please share! :)

lastly- old ladies always give out the best advice… love it!


Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I got ’em both at Anthropologie!


nicole {sweet peony} October 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

aha! i had a feeling! i love that store… i would spend all my money there if i didn’t have a husband 😛


carly {carlyklock} October 14, 2011 at 3:30 am

I was going to ask the same exact thing! Love that mug.


Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup October 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

How creative! I can totally picture your 90-year-old sparkly nail polish now!


Epata October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I just found out that I have Type 2 diabetes. Can I use sugar substitutes for the biscotti’s?


Kelsey (Happyolks) October 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Oh, how I love matcha. These look divine. Love that there isn’t too much sugar in the recipe too, let’s the matcha really stand on it’s own. On my must-make list.


Carissa October 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I love that old lady! I want to be like that, too. Spunky elderly women make me happy.


France October 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

These look wonderful. I was wondering how you got them so green when I first saw the picture. The use of matcha is wonderful in this recipe. I’m sure it would work in several applications…maybe even for halloween.


Jessica M. October 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been hearing about matcha powder a lot lately, but wasn’t sure where to buy it. Thanks for the link. :-)


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Love the color!! Gotta try these sometime! Great blog by the way


NoriCroquante October 13, 2011 at 12:18 am

The green color of the matcha is so powerful in those biscotti. Usually, I don’t like the taste of biscotti, but you’ll inspire for sure one of my next cuisine’s delights.


Heather October 13, 2011 at 12:59 am

I totally dig this fantasy. I need to learn bridge. And start liking whiskey.


Angie October 13, 2011 at 2:45 am

I am envious of your writing style and so love the layout and classy look of your page.


anna October 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

I never had the courage to make my own biscotti. I don’t know, I just think (or thought) that the name sounds so complex or foreign…
Though I always grab biscotti with my cup of coffee from different coffee shops, I never thought I will have the desire to make my own version. And I have decided it will be this green tea biscotti. Thanks a lot for the post!


Ashley October 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Can I be a part of your group? When I worked at Spago there was a group exactly like you described. They would come in every Friday for lunch. Through the kitchen window I would stare at them in their fancy frocks and wonder if I will be a lady who lunches. These days, it sounds rather nice.


Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

UMM…Yes. Duh.


Collette Osuna October 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

“Lunch on the regular”……love it!! So happy I found your blog…looking forward to more awesome recipes!!!

Happy Weekend!!

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Lisa @ The Cooking Bride October 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Oh, wow! I wanna be a lady who lunches too!


Holly Henderson October 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

That’s so funny about the elevator wisdom! I tend to evaluate my outfit based on what Madonna would say if we were in an elevator together. Usually she looks me up and down wordlessly but with obvious pity and then goes back to gazing at the floor numbers.


Carina October 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

Have you ever made spinach muffins? They are so cool, too.
Nice recipe you got there!


Adrianna October 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I haven’t but that sounds like something right up my alley!


cindy October 26, 2011 at 1:12 am

I love lady wisdom! I once met two old ladies at a beach in Lake Tahoe…they asked my friend and I to be look-outs while they crossed nude swimming off their “bucket list”! It was epic, for reals.

These biscotti are just the prettiest!


Adrianna October 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

HA! That’s so amazing. I love it. P.S. I love your blog–super pretty!


Online Foods Menus November 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

With Green tea as the ingredient in lead, these biscuits have become very healthy too. Nice recipe


Jerri Travis December 24, 2011 at 12:06 am

I want to be one of your friends that does lunch on the regular. This biscotti sounds wonderful!


Ceri May 15, 2013 at 3:26 am

These look delicious!
Is there an alternative for match powder ( difficult to come accross in the UK, we’re so behind the times, yawn).
Great blog :) x


Tara January 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

These were delicious! I love the combination of green tea and almond.


Adrianna Adarme January 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Yessss…love that you loved them!


Eunice July 26, 2015 at 7:58 am

Hello Adrianna :) Thanks for the recipe ! I just made them and they taste divine :) The only issue I had was that there were many cracks and as I slice them the sides fall apart :/ Also, does kneading the dough more affect anything ? Thanks again ! X


Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2015 at 9:25 am

Oh that’s a bummer! I’m glad they tasted good. Some cracking on top is normal but yes, perhaps you needed to knead it a bit more. Kneading definitely will help the gluten come together.


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