Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

cranberry pistachio biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti ~ these crunchy twice baked cookies are a festive and easy holiday treat that anyone can make, and everybody loves!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti dipped in white chocolate
It’s been a busy baking week here at TVFGI, and next week promises to be just as crazy. I hope you’ve found something that inspired you to roll up your sleeves and get messy in the kitchen, but if not, keep reading, because even if you don’t consider yourself a baker, you can make these biscotti. The lumpy dough is twice baked —  first in rustic shaped loaves, and then sliced up with a big bread knife for a second baking, which gives biscotti its distinctive texture.

Making Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

There are a couple of things that make these the best I’ve ever had. One, they have lots of flavor, the batter is blended with a good dose of vanilla and almond extract. And two, they aren’t rock hard like biscotti usually is. You get the crunch without the broken jaw 🙂  If you’re looking for an adult cookie to give as gifts, this is your guy. Speaking of guys, all my taste testers happened to be male this time, and the cookies got rave reviews, so don’t think of these as just for the ladies.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti dipped in white chocolate on a baking sheet

I originally envisioned a mix of fruits and nuts for this recipe, but decided that the cranberry pistachio looked more seasonal and gift-appropriate. Try to find the plumpest reddest dried cranberries and the freshest pistachios. I do think it’s worth the small trouble to shell the nuts, they’ll be brighter and better tasting. Biscotti are super sturdy and they keep really well, so they’ll make your last minute gift giving much easier. You can give them along with a coffee shop gift card, wrap them and pop them in a beautiful mug, or just gather them in a cellophane bag and bow ‘n go.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti packaged in a gift bag with bow

During the first part of this recipe you may think you’ve done something wrong because the half baked loaf is pretty ugly. It looks lumpy and under done.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti being baked

But once you slice it up it starts to look better.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti on a baking sheet

When the slices come out of the oven they will be crisp and slightly golden, ready to be dipped in chocolate, or eaten plain, your choice.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti on a cooling rack

3.57 from 30 votes

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Author Sue Moran



  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups pistachio nuts I used roasted and salted, but you can also use raw chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

chocolate coating

  • 12 oz white bark coating chopped, or white chocolate chips


  • set oven to 325F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, extracts, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs and egg whites. I did this in a stand mixer.
  • Fold in the nuts and cranberries, and then slowly fold in the flour.
  • The dough will be tacky, but divide it in half, and place each half on the baking sheet, and form two loaves, each about about 8x4. It helps to lightly butter your hands. Make sure the loaves are at 3" apart so they won't merge when they bake.
  • Bake for 24-28 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (don't overbake)
  • Cool the pan on a rack for 15 minutes.
  • Now move the loaves to a cutting board and cut each loaf into 1/4 inch slices. Use a sharp serrated bread knife. Lay out the slices on 2 baking sheets. Bake on separate oven racks for 12 minutes, then flip the cookies over and switch the cookie sheets. Bake another 5-7 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the cookies inside with the door closed, for about 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool on a rack before dipping in chocolate.
  • For the coating, make sure you have chopped your bark coating into small pieces, and then put it in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, then stir. If you need more time, microwave in super short bursts of 15 seconds, until is is melted smooth and glossy. Stir it in between to help it melt.
  • Dip each biscotti halfway into the chocolate, let the excess drip off, and then lay it down on waxed or parchment paper to firm up.
  • Note: I find it easiest to have the chocolate in a 2-cup glass measuring cup, that way the chocolate is deep enough for easy dipping. As the chocolate level goes down, just tip the cup as you dip the last cookies, so that they get a good coating.
  • When completely hardened, wrap the biscotti in cellophane to give or store.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • The white bark coating is easier to melt than regular white chocolate, but you can use any kind of white chocolate you like, just use caution not to overheat it, or it will seize up on you. Microwave in a clean, dry bowl and only for short spurts, stirring in between to let the heat of the bowl do the work. See my detailed instructions for melting chocolate HERE.


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    Sue Mullin
    January 1, 2022 at 8:17 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic recipe – thank you – turned out beautifully, and I am now a convert from the weighing scale to cup measurements – they keep for a couple of weeks in an air tight container, they are a great with a cup of freshly brewed coffee – have had loads of compliments.

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    December 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Followed your recipe exactly. Didn’t turn out too great. Was WAY too sticky and had to add a bunch of flour to roll and shape it. Only yielded one log 8×4. Personally I think the egg whites made the dough too runny. Will search for biscotti recipe I used last year.

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    November 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Does anyone know if these can be altered to be gluten free? Has anybody tried it? And if so, other than gluten free flour, how would the ingredients be changed. They look delicious.

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      October 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      I make them gluten free every year. This is a great Recipe, try King Arthur cup for cup gluten free flour instead of regular flour. Also to change it up you can try orange and almonds in this recipe.

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    June 2, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Have you ate the bread without making it into biscotti? I am looking for a really good bread recipe? Thanks so much. Please email me if you don’t mind.

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    November 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I love your recipe! Can I make and freeze the dough?

    • Reply
      November 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, sure!

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    December 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

    How long do you think these will keep for?

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      December 16, 2014 at 7:19 am

      I’m guessing here, but I think at least a couple of weeks if they’re packaged well.

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    cranberry and pistachio are so nice together. they look great!

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    December 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I saw a version of this biscotti on Food Network,where the cheif sprinkled red/green sugar crystals onto the white chocolate after dipping them. So festive! Many thanks for another wonderful recipe.

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    December 7, 2014 at 6:53 am

    So, so pretty! There is just something about biscotti in December. It just says Christmas to me and these especially! Love it!

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