Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

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Plate of gluten-free biscotti drizzled with chocolate

Surely we’re not the only ones who first experienced biscotti as kids, secretly stolen out of an old tin at grandma’s house? Oh, the memories. Well, prepare to be transported, friends, because these gluten-free biscotti have all the crunchy, sweet goodness of a classic biscotti, but with a sophisticated twist!

Inspired by our Orange Almond Biscotti, these 10-ingredient cookies are sweet and spicy (Hello, chocolate and candied ginger!) and full of all the best delicate flavors of the classic Italian treat. Dip in a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and experience all your biscotti dreams come true! Let us show you how it’s done!

Gluten-free flours, melted chocolate, ginger, applesauce, vanilla, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, and coconut oil

What Is Biscotti?

Biscotti is a sweet, dry, crunchy, oval-shaped cookie that originated in a city in Tuscany, Italy, called Prato. There, it’s more commonly known as cantuccini and is often served with a dessert wine called Vin Santo.

The word “biscotti” comes from the medieval Latin word biscoctus, which means twice-cooked. It was a popular cooking technique during Roman times for food preservation and is what gives the cookie the dry, crunchy texture that makes it perfect for pairing with a beverage.

Though biscotti is traditionally made with flour, sugar, eggs, and almonds or pine nuts, the following is a plant-based, gluten-free, and nut-free adaptation.

How to Make Gluten-Free Biscotti

The base for this dough starts with coconut oil, cane sugar, and applesauce for the wet ingredients. Combining these with brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and finely ground cornmeal results in perfectly crispy but also tender biscotti!

Baking powder adds lightness, while sea salt, chopped candied ginger, and optional vanilla and orange zest infuse the biscotti with complex flavor in every bite.

Bowl of gluten-free biscotti dough topped with chopped candied ginger

The dough comes together as a dense ball and we then divide it into two logs that create the foundation for later forming the classic biscotti shape.

Forming biscotti dough into two long logs

After baking for 30 minutes, the logs dry out slightly and are ready to carefully slice into 1-inch sticks.

Slicing logs of gluten-free biscotti

The sticks are flipped on their sides and baked again to become golden brown and crispy all around.

Lastly, we like to drizzle with (or dip in) melted chocolate to add sweetness to the spice!

Drizzling gluten-free biscotti with melted chocolate

We hope you LOVE this biscotti! It’s:

Crunchy
Sweet
Ginger-infused
Chocolate-dipped
Easy to make
& SO delicious!

Enjoy as a snack or dessert, or make a batch as gifts this holiday season. We love serving with hot tea, coffee, hot toddies, hot chocolate, or a pumpkin spice latte or chai latte. Or take the more traditional route and dip in an Italian dessert wine!

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Plate of gluten-free ginger biscotti with a chocolate drizzle on dip

Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

A gingery, chocolate-dipped, orange-infused take on classic Italian biscotti! Gluten-free, vegan, and just 10 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Plate of gluten-free ginger biscotti with chocolate drizzle
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16 (Biscotti)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Nut-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch*
  • 1/3 cup finely ground cornmeal (or sub more brown rice flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger (or crystallized ginger)
  • 3/4 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (we like Enjoy Life // or sub dark chocolate for less sweetness)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil and sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the applesauce and optional vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  • Add the brown rice flour, tapioca starch, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and optional orange zest. Stir until no flour pockets remain. Add in the chopped candied ginger and give it a good stir. The dough should be thick and moist.
  • Let the dough rest in the fridge for 5 minutes. It’s okay if it seems a little oily — this makes it less fragile when cutting.
  • When ready to bake, divide the dough into two equal amounts. Place each amount onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and shape into long skinny logs (~3 inches wide and 1 inch tall). Try to make them as uniform in size and shape as possible so they bake evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Once slightly cooled, use a very sharp serrated knife to cut the biscotti so they are about 1 inch thick. Be very gentle at this point — the candied ginger can get in the way of the knife. Place the biscotti back onto the baking sheet and bake again for 8-10 minutes on each side until golden brown (16-20 minutes total).
  • Remove the biscotti from the oven and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips to a small glass or metal bowl. Carefully place the bowl on top of a saucepan with simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally with a spatula or spoon, until melted and no lumps remain (~5 minutes). You can also melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments until melted. Remove chocolate from heat.
  • Once biscotti are cool, you can dip them into the chocolate for a more classic look or drizzle the chocolate across the whole biscotti.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to set the chocolate. To speed setting, pop in the freezer. Otherwise, let sit at room temperature until completely set.
  • Store covered at room temperature for 3-4 days (we found a large jar is ideal for storage). Will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month if well sealed. Enjoy with hot tea, coffee, hot toddies, hot chocolate, or a pumpkin spice latte or chai latte!

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Notes

*We tested arrowroot starch in place of tapioca starch and found it spreads and does not work.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 16 servings)

Serving: 1 biscotti Calories: 232 Carbohydrates: 35.1 g Protein: 1.7 g Fat: 10 g Saturated Fat: 7.4 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 100 mg Potassium: 118 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Sugar: 11.1 g Vitamin A: 9 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 54.3 mg Iron: 1.6 mg

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  1. Alanna says

    These were amazing! It was great to finally find a gluten free biscotti that didn’t come out chewy. I used granulated sugar and PAN brand cornmeal. The dough is alarmingly oily, but you are totally right that it helps for the cutting part and the final product is perfect!

    Next time, I would add more orange zest and maybe some ginger or other warm spices. I think this recipe is really versatile and could be made so many ways!

    I also skipped the chocolate and don’t think it needs it if it’s part of a holiday mix of sweeter treats!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Alanna! Thank you for sharing your experience! And yes – so many flavor modifications are possible with this! xo

  2. Tui says

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe, the dough was a dream to work with.
    I subbed dry ginger for: 1/2 a tsp.of powdered ginger, orange peel and sultanas. I also.skipped the chocolate, out of laziness.
    Next time I’ll reduce the baking powder because it did have a strong flavor. My mother in law.loved them and said they reminded her of Mandelbrot.
    Thanks for another great recipe

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad to hear this was enjoyed by all! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Tui!

  3. Anna says

    These are fantastic! I made them first with coconut oil but really did not like the flavor. The next batch I used Melt sticks. They turned out fabulous even though I baked them for a bit longer than called for. With both batches several cookies broke into chunks, but that was probably my fumbling trying to turn them on their sides while they were still too hot. Anyway, I don’t mind a short cookie. 😆

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! So glad you enjoy the biscotti. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Anna!

  4. Sarah H says

    Oh my…I live with a long time biscotti lover who considers himself a connoisseur, and he said these are the best biscotti he’s ever had! We’re not gluten free, so I used regular flour. All else the same. I gave half of the batch to a friend for her birthday and got the same response. :) Amazing recipe, as always!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woah, we’re honored by the high praise, Sarah! Thank you so much for the kind words and lovely review! xo

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Vaibhavi, we haven’t tried any other flour combinations in this recipe so we can’t guarantee results if switching them up. It’s possible a store-bought GF flour blend would work in place of those two. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  5. Mayen says

    Hello! I’m allergic to coconut, what can I use in place of the coconut oil? Perhaps canola oil
    Or melted vegan butter in the same amount? Also can I just omit the ginger part completely?

    Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mayen, we haven’t tried with vegan butter, but we think it would work. And yes, you can omit the ginger!

  6. maxine says

    Please clarify for me. Do I measure solid coconut oil then melt it? Or do I melt the oil and measure from a liquid state? Thank you.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      It should be about the same! For a more precise measurement, we’d suggest measuring it melted.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Madison, we haven’t tested it in this recipe specifically, but in general coconut sugar doesn’t crisp up as well as cane sugar. Let us know if you try it!

    • Olivia says

      Thanks for the recipe! I made these and the dough was crumbly so I added more coconut oil, however they still broke apart very easily after baking :( what do you think I did wrong?

      Still turned out delicious! Just hope I can improve the technique for next time.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Olivia! Unfortunately, sometimes too much oil/fat can actually contribute to crumbliness.. it’s tricky! Did you make any modifications to the flours or other ingredients?

  7. Rebecca Macqueen says

    Is it possible to substitute something for the coconut oil?
    I am unable to tolerate coconut in any form, but would love to make these biscotti.
    Thanks for the recipes 😊

  8. Wendy Beverley says

    I would love to try making this for my adult daughter who is GF but am wondering what I could substitute for the ginger? Maybe diced up cranraisins??

  9. Michele says

    Always find a bunch of questions in the comments about substitutions—could you explain why you chose brown rice & cornmeal, anything else you tried (maybe in the notes?) so we can use your experience & knowledge? Looking forward to a vegan biscotti with the proper texture!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michele, we often include information on what the ingredients do in the post above the recipe. In this recipe, brown rice flour provides structure and has a mild flavor, and cornmeal adds a textural difference. You can find more info in our Guide To Gluten-Free Flours. Hope that helps!

  10. Joy says

    Do you think this would be possible to make without refined sugar? Replace with coconut sugar? Ginger instead of ginger crystals. Probably changes the recipe a bit too much…???

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Joy, Coconut sugar could be okay, but we find it doesn’t crisp up in recipes like cane sugar does. For the ginger, we wouldn’t recommend using fresh. It’s possible you could make homemade candied ginger with coconut sugar using this recipe, but we haven’t tried doing it ourselves! Let us know if you do some experimenting!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lisa, we wouldn’t suggest fresh ginger here. Candied/crystallized will be chewy and a little sweet, versus fresh being more pungent and tough.

  11. Anika says

    Can’t wait to make these! I’ve never found a GF biscotti recipe that is quite right (and subbing GF flour has never worked well either). Would love a gingerbread version for the holidays! :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We hope you love it, Anika! Keep us posted when you try it out =) And added the gingerbread version to our requests list – thanks so much for the suggestion!

  12. Becca says

    My son is allergic to rice. What is another gluten free flour you would recommend as a good rice flour replacement? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Becca, perhaps half oat flour and half sorghum flour, but we haven’t tried it that way so can’t guarantee results. Let us know if you try it!