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Holiday Biscotti

A twice-baked Italian cookie, biscotti makes a wonderful "dunker." A pretty way to present a batch is on a seasonal plate arranged in a wagon-wheel fashion. —Libia Foglesong, San Bruno, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be sticky). Stir in cranberries, pistachios and orange zest. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, shape each half into a loaf 1-1/2 to 2-in. diameter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.
  • Cool for 5 minutes. Cut diagonally into 3/4-in. thick slices. Place slices, cut side down, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Turn slices over. Bake 10 minutes more or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 164 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • vsailaway
    Dec 27, 2018

    How much cranberries and pistachios? Not listed on recipe.

  • GrandMawMaw
    Oct 28, 2014

    These cookies were delicious. The fresh orange with cranberries gave a great burst of flavor. I took them to a Church social and they received great reviews. This will be one of my "go to" recipes whenever coffee is being served and on any day of the year!

  • Kasha
    Jan 25, 2014

    First time making biscotti.... Turned out well, went over well with everyone

  • BLeach92399
    Dec 25, 2013

    For a sturdier biscotti, try using unbleached all purpose flour.

  • teenamombear
    Nov 8, 2013

    These are incredibly good and easy to make! I made the dough the night before and baked them in the morning. Brought a warm batch into work and they disappeared instantly. Next time I make them, I'm doubleing the cranberries.

  • PTuttle
    Dec 27, 2012

    These are terrific. I made these a few days before Christmas and had to hide them so they wouldn't all be eaten before the holiday. I had run out of orange extract but they tasted fine anyway. Just be careful with the second cooking step. My oven might be a little too hot and they browned more than they should have. As for the person who had problems with cracking -- try using a bread knife or a smaller serrated one, like a tomato knife. Anyway, the house smelled wonderful. I have some leftover pistachios and dried cranberries so I plan to make them again very soon. And I might dip them or drizzle them with melted white chocolate.

  • Suzlgardner
    Dec 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • bettyboop1005
    Dec 23, 2011

    It was easy to make.

  • jcpaints
    Dec 21, 2011

    I love Biscotti! When I saw this receipe, I knew I had to try it. First time I made my own. Delicious and so pretty with the red of the cranberries and the green of the pistachios. It's a keeper and already in my recipe book for next year. I didn't use the orange extract, just addedd a little more vanilla. I used fresh grated orange peel.

  • PBnuffsaid
    Dec 10, 2011

    <p>Made these yesterday for my first ever biscotti recipe. They turned out great! Seemed much easier than I thought they'd be. Very yummy. Can't wait to try some other biscotti recipes for Christmas presents! UPDATE: I made two other biscotti recipes (1 from this site and one from another) and this was the best one by far. This recipe makes a very nice dough, enough biscotti for all, and the taste is wonderful. The recipe and instructions were spot on. I'll definitely be making this recipe again.</p>