Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Are you are still planning your Thanksgiving menu? Are you looking for some fabulous side dishes or desserts? Check out the round-up of 75+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Desserts that I put together for Julie’s Eats and Treats. I’m still deciding on one more side dish to add to my menu. I’m debating between something simple like roasted carrots or something new like butternut squash gratin.

I am really looking forward to December and not just because of the holidays. I like to refer to the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas as cookie season. I know that you can eat cookies at any time of the year, but if you are anything like me, you find yourself baking, receiving and packaging more cookies than you ever thought possible. And cookie season makes me happy because I love cookies. Over the next few weeks, I have some fabulous cookie recipes to share with you. Most of them are my classic holiday favorites. Today, I am sharing the first of many holiday cookie recipes. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti makes the perfect seasonal holiday cookie.

Biscotti are perfect for cookie swaps or holiday gifts. They will keep for at least a few weeks in a sealed container. I Β like to package them in a large mason jar. If you are not a big fan of pistachios, you can substitute them for another nut, such as almonds. You can also try these pumpkin spice biscotti.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bow, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pistachios, and cranberries. Stir to combine.
  3. In an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs; mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined to make a dough.
  4. Form the dough into one long log, about 12-18 inches long and 5-6 inches thick. The dough should be relatively flat, only about 1/2 inch high. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch. Let the biscotti cool for 15 minutes and then, using a serrated knife; cut into 1 inch wide pieces. Lay each slice on its side. Turn the oven down to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 5-6 minutes on each side. Cool completely.
  5. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Dip biscotti in chocolate or drizzle over biscotti, as desired.

Source: adapted from Skinny Taste


  1. Ali @ Inspiralized

    I love biscotti! Growing up in an Italian American household, it was enjoyed at every holiday. Yum!!

    • Ashley

      I pretty much love any type of Italian food, but biscotti and gelato are my favorites!

  2. Kelly

    Hehe, I love the sound of cookie season πŸ™‚ Biscotti are one of my favorite cookies this time of year – I have wonderful memories of our next door neighbor growing up who would always bring us a batch around the holidays πŸ™‚ Your cookies look incredible! I love the cranberry, pistachio and white chocolate together, it’s sounds like the perfect combination! Wish I had a few of these dunk-able beauties for breakfast πŸ™‚ Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving Ashley!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelly! I love how food always brings back so many wonderful memories. Cranberry, pistachio and white chocolate is one of my favorite holiday combinations. Have a great week, Kelly!

    • Ashley

      Glad you enjoyed them!

  3. katie

    Oh this looks and sounds divine. I love biscotti! πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Katie! Biscotti is one of my favorite types of cookies, especially during the holidays!

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I was just thinking about baking with pistachios and now I have the perfect excuse. This looks great!

    • Ashley

      I love the combination of pistachios and cranberries. I like to stock up on both and make as many recipes possible during the holidays!

  5. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I love you idea of storing them in a mason jar. That would make such a cute hostess gift! Dreaming of dipping these in an egg nog latte and listening to Christmas music : )

    • Ashley

      Oh wow, Natalie, I’ve never had an egg nog latte but that sounds amazing!

  6. Ashley

    Cranberry pistachio is such a good combination! I love making biscotti at home – and I have such a soft spot for it. That whole Italian family thing. I make a batch every single Christmas for my grandma and I’m always looking for new flavors!

  7. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Yep, I’m still slacking on my menu this week for turkey day. But, we’re doing ours on Sat…so I guess I have a little more time than everyone else. A lot of my family works in retail…but don’t even get me started on how Thanksgiving should be a family holiday, not a retail holiday.
    Anywho….love what you did with pistachio and cranberries. Looks so pretty and I can just imagine how delish it is!

    • Ashley

      I know, I can’t believe so many places are open on Thanksgiving. But I’m glad that you are still able to celebrate with your family on Saturday. Have a wonderful holiday, Gloria!

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I could go for one of these…. ok maybe one more… ok two more.. it looks delicious! Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Pamela! I wish I could share them with you!

  9. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Cookie season is my favorite! And I want to add these biscotti to my list, they look lovely πŸ˜‰
    Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Consuelo! I love any reason to enjoy delicious cookies πŸ™‚

  10. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Luckily I won’t be having to cook for Thanksgiving. The perk of having a mom that insists on doing everything :P. Your biscotti look store bought! Pistachios are my nuts, girl! (Sounds weird reading that again… but I’ll leave it.) Looking forward to the rest of your cookie creations :).

    • Ashley

      Ha, I hear you because I love pistachios too! Have a great Thanksgiving, Amy!

  11. Rachel @the dessert chronicles

    I am all for cookie season! Can’t wait to get started baking holiday cookies. I may have to start with these biscotti, since I’ve never actually made my own before. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Ashley

      Yay for cookie season! Biscotti are actually incredibly easy to make and they store so well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Rachel!

  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life

    Mmm, cranberry and pistachio is such an incredible flavor combo! And biscotti is such a fun gift to give people. Found you via Jamie @ The Land of Milk and Cookies and am so glad I did! Happy Thanksgiving Ashley!
    ~Mary Frances

    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Thanksgiving, Mary!

  13. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Ashley, this looks awesome!!! I love biscotti so I can so imagine having this for breakfast. What a treat!!!

  14. Sarah & Arkadi

    We love pistachios! Excellent combination with cranberries!

    • Ashley

      Pistachios are a favorite of mine also! I bought a huge bag of shelled pistachios this weekend and can’t stop eating them.

  15. Monet

    We’re hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange party in a few weeks, and I’m going to kindly suggest that someone make these lovely biscotti! Thank you for sharing them with me!

    • Ashley

      So fun! I love Christmas Cookie Exchange parties. I have a few I am attending this season but I have yet to host one myself.

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  17. Rebecca

    These look delicious and I love the flavor combo. I’m stopping by from Marvelous Mondays, enjoy the rest of your weekend!


    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca! Have a great week!

  18. Karly

    Nothing better than biscotti to start the day! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  19. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    Thanks for bringing these to our MM party tonight – I just happen to have all these ingredients! Pinned!

  20. Diane

    Thank you for the recipe! Sounds delicious!!! Blessings!

  21. Tersha

    Made these for a bake sale, still in oven doing second bake. Smells divine, used cranberries, almonds and cherries

    • Ashley

      Hi Tersha, I hope that they turned out perfect! The combination of cranberries, almonds and cherries sounds amazing.

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