Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

The arrival of the Christmas season means the arrival of the all out baking season! Lots of recipes, new and old, to be made, tried, revised, etc.! It also means the kitchen counters seem to be perpetually covered in flour, sugar, and dirty mixing bowls. . . :)

I love trying out new recipes every year that would make good gifts or that travel well. One recipe that seems to always make the cut is a biscotti variation. This year I thought I should make the tried and true combination of pistachio and cranberry in biscotti form. I love the way the salty nuttiness of pistachios pairs with the sweet tartness of dried cranberries.

Dip them in some white chocolate and you have a perfect addition to a party or hostess gift! Plus, they ship well, travel well, and can be made in advance. What’s not to like?! :)

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Yield: 2o pieces


  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 C sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 C dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • white chocolate for dipping, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using an electric mixer), cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat until creamy. Slowly add in flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chopped pistachios and cranberries.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Shape into a 10 inch by 2 inch log. Transfer log to cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges turn golden brown and is firm to the touch.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  7. Turn heat to 300. Using a serrated knife, cut the log into 1/2 – 1 inch pieces. Arrange the pieces on the cookie sheet so that they are not touching.
  8. Return to oven and bake for another 10-12 minutes per side or until dry and crisp.
  9. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  10. If dipping in white chocolate, melt white chocolate in the microwave according to directions on the package. Dip the bottoms of the biscotti in the chocolate. Allow to cool and harden on wax paper or a silicone mat to prevent sticking. Serve when chocolate has hardened.

This recipe is adapted from Real Simple.

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  1. Cranberry, pistachio, white chocolate….rd,green,white…what a perfect X’mas treat! These look divine!

  2. I love biscotti…perfect for dipping into a hot cup of coffee!

  3. Pistachios and cranberries are such a wonderful combination. These would make wonderful gifts for my neighbors.

  4. I love homemade biscotti! Such a treat, especially for the holidays!

  5. White chocolate and cranberries – can’t go wrong with this combo! Love the biscotti, Jessica!

  6. Mmmmm….I’m definitely making some biscotti next week. This combination just screams Christmas…and so delicious, too! And dipping in white chocolate makes them even more amazing!!

  7. Really looks great for Christmas, not just looks but I am sure pistachio and cranberries taste great together :)

  8. Love this flavor pairing! So seasonal!

  9. I love, love, love biscotti. These flavors are perfect for the season–and I totally hear you on the kitchen counters. I have a feeling mine are going to be a mess for the next 4+ weeks!

  10. Jessica….these look absolutely amazing! I’d love to be dunking one right now! Love that luscious white chocolate! I don’t have the best of luck with biscotti, yet. They make fabulous food gifts, but if I gave them to anyone….they’d be thanking me for the ‘doorstops’! Happy Holiday Baking! : )

  11. These sound perfect to dunk in a warm cup of coffee!

  12. I ador biscotti!!! THE perfect gift! I think this is the best combination, flavorful and festive!

  13. Ugh, I LOVE pistachios. By far, my favorite nut! This biscotti looks so buttery and delicious, Jess!

  14. I am likin’ this…I love pistachios…and dipped in white chocolate :-)

  15. looks delish!

  16. Holiday cookie season has started! :) These look wonderful, and hello, that icing!

  17. i always say i’m going to make biscotti but never do! this looks incredible.

  18. Biscotti are so much fun for the holiday season! And I love that you used cranberries – so very festive :) yum!

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