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arlette’s triple ginger biscotti

During the year that I in culinary school, I worked at Roy’s Restaurant in Orlando. Every morning I would wake up and head into the restaurant to work then at 4:30, I would go straight from there to school until midnight. It was busy, usually exhausting, but I loved every second of it. This was around the same time that I started the blog (has it really been four years?) and I lived in an apartment with my childhood best friend who worked as a police officer, interestingly enough. We called each other “the cook and the cop” and it was always a great conversation starter whenever we went out. Helen and I have been best friends now for twenty years almost!

Anyway, my job at Roy’s wasn’t working in the kitchen, despite the fact that I was a chef in training. Rather, I did administrative work, booked events, took reservations…that kind of thing. And when I wasn’t busy on calls or doing computer work, I was back in the kitchen anxiously learning tips from Arlette, the pastry chef.

Every day, Arlette would whip out dozens of chocolate lava cakes, the signature dessert at Roy’s. But sometimes she would have enough time to bake a batch of her special triple ginger biscotti. And I was always there to nibble on the crumbs!

Unlike traditional biscotti, these won’t break your teeth. They’re more like a ginger molasses cookie in biscotti form than anything else, with big chunks of chewy crystallized ginger and toasted slivered almonds. They’re perfect for the holidays and great for gifts, as biscotti keep better than most other baked goods (in a zip-locked bag, these guys will keep a week or two just fine).

If you like gingersnaps, you’ll love these! They’re great on their own but even BETTER dipped in a bowl of ice cream…or hot chocolate! You can find crystallized ginger in with the baked goods at most grocery shops. I use the “ginger people” brand and love it. Extra crystallized ginger is always great to keep around when you get a stomach ache or to chew on instead of a mint after a meal.

I hope you love these cookies! They’re always the first cookies I bake every holiday season….thanks, Arlette!

Arlette’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

makes about 12 biscotti

Print this recipe!


3/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbsp molasses

2 eggs

2 1/4 cup flour

2 tsp fresh grated ginger (I use my microplane to grate my ginger–it works great!)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp ground ginger

2/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one by one, beating after each egg, and then drizzle in the molasses. Beat well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and powdered ginger. Add to wet ingredients and then stir in the fresh ginger, crystallized ginger and almonds.

Form two logs of dough (each log should be about 14 oz, 8 inches long and 2 inches wide) on a lined sheet tray. Bake logs for 30 minutes then let cool for 5 minutes.

Carefully slice logs into biscotti (dough might still be a little crumbly), then turn each biscotti over on it’s side and continue to bake for another 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.


1 hour


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  • Kathryn
    November 30, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I love ginger anything and the idea of triple ginger is just heavenly!

  • katie @KatieDid
    November 30, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I was still reading back then during the culinary school days, wow it’s been forever I can barely believe it. Biscottis have always been a favorite of mine and remind me of my grandma, she always made a classic amaretto flavored one around the holidays.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 30, 2011 at 3:55 am

    more like a ginger molasses cookie in biscotti form and no teeth being broken in the process? i love that!!


    Thanks for channeling Arlette and the great story to go along with the recipe.

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    November 30, 2011 at 4:30 am

    This looks incredible. I love gingerbread/snaps/everything so I will have to try these. I also love that there are 3 types of ginger and what great memories!

  • MyThy as in "Mighty"
    November 30, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Looks great and comforting for the tummy, the ginger part that is!

    I’ve seen lots of Roy’s molten lava cake with a Google search. Can you make it and feature it on your blog? I have all the ingredients and even bought ramekins. I just like seeing it featured on your blog:)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    November 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

    i’ve only come to love ginger in recent years and these sound AH-mazing! triple ginger = heaven

  • Bev Weidner
    November 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Good heavens, woman. I’ll take 2,634.

  • Kellie
    November 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I love biscotti….especially with coffee during winter break. Now if only I could speed up time to make it winter break NOW!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

    i love ginger and i absolutely love biscotti… this looks delicious!

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    November 30, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I’ve never had biscotti with a gingery twist – these look awesome. I’m kinda obsessed with the idea of these served alongside pumpkin ice cream. Welp.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 30, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Oh wow.. my mum adores ginger and I think I might just have to make these for her! Thanks Jenna!

  • Jenn
    November 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

    The Ginger chews are addictive! But they are basically candy, and I think the ‘stomach’ aide thing is way over-blown with them.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    November 30, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Yum! I lovee anything ginger! 🙂

  • Evan
    November 30, 2011 at 5:42 am

    o.m.g these are RIGHT up my alley for Christmas! Triple ginger cookies are my favorite, and I bet these get even better with time. Perfect for the holidays. The crystallized ginger slices in the bulk section of health food stores (+ Whole Foods) is also an awesome ingredient – it’s softer/fresher than most brands.

    bookmarking! 🙂

  • Amanda
    November 30, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I’ve only recently started to like ginger, and crystalized ginger is at the top of my list (cover anything in sugar, right?). My mom LOVES ginger and would definitely enjoy this recipe. I’m going to pass it along to her. 🙂

  • Molly@RDexposed
    November 30, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I loved he story that went along with the recipe! This might have to be my first biscotti baking experience.

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Mmm, I love biscotti! I have a recipe straight from Italy from my grandma, and I love making them almost as much as I love eating them. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    November 30, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I also really enjoyed the story! Especially the cook and the cop part. I’m not a huge biscotti fan but these look good and if they taste like a gingersnap then YUM!

  • Amara@GirlinaWhirl
    November 30, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I just read your book list post, and saw you were working on your family history. You probably already know this, but a good free site is “new family search” (I won’t put the link in case I get shown as spam). It’s by the Church of Jesus Christ, but is open to the public and they won’t hunt you down or anything 🙂 another good one (but you have to pay for it unless you use it in a family history center) is ancestry ( it’s a dotcom site). They’ve got all the census records and death indexes etc. –I’ve found a lot of my people on there. Good luck!

  • Christine
    November 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Hi Jenna! I just wanted to say, I’m a long time reader and really love how you’ve been incorporating little stories about your culinary school days into your blog lately. I’m a culinary school student myself, and between a full time job, school at night and staging in restaurants, it can be pretty exhausting – it’s great to know someone else has been there too and made their dream job happen. Keep up the great work!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Yum! We went to Roy’s in Tampa for our first anniversary and had that lava cake…holy deliciousness! 🙂

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    November 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Homemade biscotti is the way to go. I can’t handle the stuff from coffee shops–way gross! This looks delicious and holiday-ish. Perfect!

  • Cait's Plate
    November 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

    It’s funny, I’m always so intimidated to try making biscotti for whatever reason but this post really makes me want to try it!

  • Jacky
    November 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love ginger, will have to give this recipe a go. Thanks!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 30, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Biscotti is a favorite of mine! The ginger flavor is perfect for the holidays 🙂

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    November 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Loved the story, this biscotti looks amazing!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    November 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Um this looks so good! I’m a huge ginger fan and the way you described them, I have to make them mine!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I love biscotti. My mom and I bake a batch every time the Christmas holiday’s roll around 😉 We’ve made a ginger glazed biscotti a few times and it turned out fabulous. But this soft version sounds fabulous. Tempted to try it out 😉

  • Sandra
    November 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

    This looks amazing! I love all things ginger. Question: I’ve never made biscotti before, do the logs spread while baking or do I need to flatten them a bit before putting them in the oven to get that ovular biscotti shape?

    Thanks for a new holiday cookie recipe! Yum!

  • Maria
    November 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Love the triple kick of ginger!

  • Paige (The Last Doughnut)
    November 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I am loving the side stories that go along with the recipes. It makes ELR a much warmer place than just a recipe blog. You can look up a recipe on Google. Reading a back story makes the food more interesting and appealing.

  • Kiran @
    November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

    These looks so heavenly. I love ginger in everything! It’s makes me warm and fuzzy during winter 😀

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    These look oodles more tasty than the ones they sell at starbucks. Plus, by making if yourself, you are STICKING IT TO THE MAN. lol

    • jenna
      November 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      hahahahah this made me laugh out loud! Amen.

  • Liza
    November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Dear Jenna,

    I simply adore your blog mostly because I get this calm, serene feeling when I read it. Your recipes are great and never let me down! Love ginger and anything with ginger, so will give these biscotti a try very soon!

    • jenna
      November 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • jamie @ jamelfamela
    November 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I just made these too! I LOVEEEE ginger right now- especially a triple ginger biscotti- a great way to kick off cookie season! Mmm i love their warmth and I LOVE dunking them in coffee. I put apricot in mine. delicious.

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

    triple ginger! did I read that right!? Well they look delightful and ginger is a superfood so there you go. 🙂 With tea or coffee=heaven!

  • Kristin Staley
    November 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Have you read “The Lost Wife” by Alyson Richman? I thought of you because it is historical fiction and your kind of book! It is so good that I read it in one sitting!!

    • jenna
      November 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      I haven’t! Going to look it up now—thanks!! 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    November 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I have had some serious ginger cravings lately, ever since you posted about your favorite Holiday cookies and gingersnaps were included. I need to get down to business and get in the kitchen to bake these!

  • Katrina
    November 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love a good biscotti!

  • skinny latte
    November 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I LOVE anything with ginger in it. These look divine!

  • sarah@spinach and spice
    November 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    aside from the 3928475924 other reasons why I love your blog, your stories are one of my favorite parts. they are always so soothing and comforting 🙂 just what I look forward to after a long day. Not to mention they are always accompanied by a superb looking recipe!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    November 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I heart ginger.

    I heart biscotti.

    So it makes complete sense that I heart this post.

  • Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl
    November 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Damn it! Every one is making biscotti, but ME! These look really good.
    And I’ve always wanted to make biscotti, but never have. Like the recipe for the white chocolate-cranberry recipe I have.
    Maybe I am just afraid I will burn my first batch and be left disappointed.
    Maybe I am just lazy.
    Or I really don’t have time.

    Ah, Eggnog! I am going to make me some. Thank you for the YUMMY inspiration. 😉

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    December 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh boy, three kinds of ginger! This is calling my name!

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    December 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    just pulled a double batch out of the oven. simply divine! 🙂

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