Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

These cranberry pistachio biscotti, a sweet, tart, and nutty cookies made from cranberries and pistachios, make a great gift to make for Christmas.

Several cranberry pistachio biscotti cookies tied together with raffia

With their typically predictable texture, biscotti make darn good dipping devices. Espresso. Coffee. Tea. Or even, for the toddler set, milk. And these vibrant biscotti are no exception. Yet you may wish to refrain from dipping so you can experience the unique and compelling juxtaposition of chewy and sweetly tart cranberries with crunchy and buttery rich pistachios unhindered. Originally published April 23, 2008.Renee Schettler Rossi

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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  • 1 H, 45 M
  • Makes about 34 biscotti
5/5 - 4 reviews
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Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In another bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter until lighter in texture. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat until fully blended. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the vanilla and orange zest and mix until combined. With the beater on low speed, mix in the flour mixture just until the dough starts to clump together. Mix in the pistachios and cranberries. Using your hands or a rubber spatula, gather the dough into a ball and then divide it in half.

Using lightly floured hands, place each half of the dough on one side of the prepared sheet. Shape the dough into rectangular loaves about 13 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide each. Make sure the loaves are at least 3 inches apart on the sheet.

Bake, rotating the sheet from front to back about halfway through baking, for 30 to 35 minutes, until the loaves are nicely golden and the tops feel mostly firm when gently pressed. Transfer the sheet to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).

After 10 minutes of cooling, carefully peel 1 of the loaves off the parchment paper and transfer it to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife in a long sawing motion, cut the loaf on a slight diagonal into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Discard the parchment and place the biscotti, cut side down, back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the other loaf. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the biscotti over to the other side and bake for about 10 minutes longer or until lightly toasted. Remember that the biscotti will crisp even more as they cool. Transfer the biscotti to the rack to cool. (You can store the biscotti in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze them for up to 2 months. You can perk up the biscotti by toasting them in a 350°F (175°C) oven for about 5 minutes.)

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These are the biscotti I've been seeking. Just the right amount of sturdy and sweet, scented with orange and studded with red and green. The easiest Christmas cookies on the plate—and also the ones I've hoarded away, perfect for snowy afternoons.

The trick to cutting the biscotti into perfect fingers is to do so while warm—the 10 minutes of cool time is perfect—and, using your fingertips, lightly dampen the surface of the logs with water just before cutting. For the first time ever, I experienced no crumbling! (Wait, that means fewer damaged cookies for the baker!) This made 30 perfect biscotti.

Often, when I'm making something that I haven't made before but have enjoyed, I'm surprised when the recipe turns out just like the "real" thing. It's a curious reaction but I had it again after making these delicious cranberry pistachio biscotti. A perfect crunch (the real key to any biscotti, imho), super balance between the sweet from the cranberries and the savory from the pistachios, and a wonderful hint of orange. And the recipe was straightforward and simple. A perfect combination, in my book.

The other nice thing about this recipe is that it makes a lot of biscotti, so if you have any left over (haha!) they can make a great holiday gift. There is really nothing more to say—no strange twists or head-scratching directions—except go make these now!


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  1. Lovely biscotti recipe (and not just for Christmas)! I love my biscotti a little more eggy so I added an extra egg. Otherwise pretty much followed the recipe to a T.

  2. I loved the flavors in the biscotti. My batch of dough seemed very dry, wonder if my large eggs were large enough. Many broke apart when “sawing” the loaves.
    Delicious enough to make again, but I will make sure the eggs are largest in the carton.
    Merry Christmas

    1. Thanks Kathi! And Merry Christmas to you and yours. We’re delighted you enjoyed them so much. The dough can be quite dry, and several of our testers also found this. Do use your biggest eggs, and play around a little with the cutting technique. Our tester reviews offer a few suggestions on what worked best for them for slicing through a crumbly dough.

  3. The orange zest really made this fairly simple​ biscotti​ recipe shine, and the colors and flavors of the cranberry and pistachio added a really lovely wintertime feel. The dough was easy to mix​,​ even without a stand mixer, and a cinch to shape on the pan. ​I will absolutely be making this recipe again to hand out as holiday gifts.

    1. That works! Love the extra sweetness, smoothness, and pizzaz, Jeannie! Many, many thanks for taking the time to share your tip with us and our readers! Wishing you and yours all the magic of the season!

  4. I love making biscotti and this recipe more than delivered. The flavor combination of the tart and sweet cranberries, the salty nuts, and the complementary flavors of orange and cinnamon allow these not-too-sweet cookies to be the perfect accompaniment morning, noon, or night. They look festive and seasonal and taste amazing.

    Once they cool and are fully hardened, they remained crisp and not too crumbly. I actually froze half of them after cooling and can’t wait to enjoy as an accompaniment to espresso drinks at a holiday dinner I’m hosting next month. The dough is forgiving and shapes easily into each loaf.

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