January 17, 2011

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Finally, I'm on my last holiday related baking post. Just in time, since winter break is ending for me and school starts again tomorrow. Luckily this recipe isn't one of those "makes sense only during Christmas" recipes. These cranberry pistachio biscotti can definitely be enjoyed any day of the year.

I think of biscotti as the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. These cookies have the right amount of sweetness and crunch to tide one over until dinner, plus they're great with a cup of coffee or tea. Whenever I get the chance to make biscotti, I typically make almond biscotti. But, I thought that for the holidays, I would try something new, so instead, I made these cranberry pistachio biscotti. They're tasty, and I love how the green of the pistachios and the red of the cranberries look.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
adapted from allrecipes.com

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups pistachios

Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix sugar and olive oil together. Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients. Mix until no streaks of flour remain. Then mix in the cranberries and pistachios.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough in two and form two 12x2 inch logs on the parchment lined cookie sheet. If the dough is sticky, wet your hands to make it easier to shape the dough. Bake the logs for 35 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes.

Change the oven temperature to 275°F. Slice each log into 18 slices. Place the slices back on the cookie sheet on their sides. Bake 8-10 minutes until dry. Let cool on the sheets for 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 36 cookies.


  1. Now you need to enter my lamington contest! Lamington biscotti?

  2. I love biscotti! I make them at work and they're so much fun and so tasty too! My favorite is chocolate-chocolate chip (I want to try replacing the chips with crushed candy canes).

  3. Mr. P: Yum, lamingtons! I'm going to ponder on this a bit. I'll try to enter if I can think of something good :).

    anna: I've never made chocolate chip biscotti. They sound delicious! Btw, I noticed the Sweet 100 list on your blog. It's tempting me to try it out as well since I'm a total sucker for anything in list form.

  4. Biscotti is the best with some afternoon milk tea! Love the combination of cranberries and pistachios.

  5. I am drooling all over the keyboard! I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much :)

  6. Mmm! I've never been a big pistachio person, but I love the colors and these look so irresistible! Maybe I should give them another shot... :)

  7. Oh yummy, I love cranberry pistachio biscotti and your pictures of these really show them at their best. I'm starting a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up or any other yummy sweets you have. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

  8. Mmm..Monsters would love to try that! ;)

  9. Heya, I just found your blog and it's fantastic :D

  10. Jessica's Dinner Party: Yum, afternoon milk tea.

    Kallan: No prob! Hope you try them out.

    Chelsea: Definitely, the colors are really pretty. Haha, if you don't like them, I'm sure others would be glad to take them :).

    Lisa: Thanks! I'll check it out.

    Sara & Eva: Try it out!

    Emma: Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

  11. I like this one to be paired with some nice afternoon tea! It will be definitely perfect!

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  13. dining table: Yup, biscotti is always great with a cup of tea.

    amantesdelacocina: Thank you!

  14. Thanks very much for sharing the recipe. I'm making these for teacher Christmas gifts. Just the recipe I needed. Thanks so much.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  15. I've made cantuccini a number of times now but I love the substitution of cranberry and pistachio in these - it looks absolutely gorgeous and I can imagine they taste great too. Yum!

  16. Wow your cranberry pistachio biscotti recipe is simply the best ones I had ever come across....I will definitely try it out very shortly indeed....Fantastic recipe.!!