cranberry-orange biscotti

December 8, 2013

in Cookies

Biscotti are one of my go-to homemade gifts and when you start with a solid base recipe, the flavor variations are endless. Whether you crave double chocolate, classic almond, orange-pecan, or cranberry-orange, a jar filled with biscotti is always appreciated.

Cranberry-Orange Biscotti | Tutti Dolci

The light and crunchy cookies are laced with fresh orange juice and zest; a splash of brandy brings out the bright citrus flavor. Decked with a white chocolate drizzle and jeweled cranberries, these biscotti are holiday perfect.

Cranberry-Orange Biscotti | Tutti Dolci

Cranberry-Orange Biscotti
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Zest of 1 orange
1 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
1 1/2 Tbsp brandy
3 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries

Topping
4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Combine sugar, butter, orange zest, orange juice, and brandy in a large bowl, stirring until smooth. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until incorporated; fold in cranberries. Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using moistened hands, shape dough into 2 (10-by-4-inch) loaves on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 22 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer loaves to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, cut loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheet; bake 9 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 9 minutes more or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Use a fork to drizzle chocolate over biscotti and top with cranberries; chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set chocolate. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to a week.

Yield – 30 biscotti
Calories – 125 (per biscotto)
Carbs – 16

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35 Comments

1 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 8, 2013

Oh man your biscotti looks PERFECT! Can you believe I’ve never made biscotti at home before? That needs to change ASAP!

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2 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 9, 2013

Your drizzling skill is amazing! I can see myself drizzling like 5 mm thickness! xD Your biscotti looks very delicious and pretty!!

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3 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 9, 2013

I have never had iced biscotti, Laura, and these look fantastic! You’re the drizzle queen for sure.

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4 Megan - The Emotional Baker December 9, 2013

These are gorgeous & this flavor combo sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try these :)

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5 Gintare @Gourmantine December 9, 2013

These would make such wonderful favors for Christmas party or just the whole jar to myself :)

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6 Patricia Scarpin December 9, 2013

I love orange and cranberries together, and these biscotti look amazing, Laura! So Christmassy.

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7 Marina | Let the Baking Begin! December 9, 2013

These look so delicious! I love cranberrry, and I love white chocolate, it just makes sense that I make these :) Pinning!

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8 cristina December 9, 2013

Beautiful, tasty and inspiring. I have been wanting to try making biscotti, but still have not attempted it. Need to change that and your biscotti has got me tempted! :) Have a good week, Laura!!

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9 Suzanne December 9, 2013

Laura, I love the flavor of the biscotti, they are beautiful and I bet delicious too. Great gift idea :)

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10 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 9, 2013

this is such a festive biscotti.

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11 Deb December 9, 2013

The white chocolate drizzle has captured my holiday baking imagination! A most lovely photo Laura! Going shopping today to stock up on sugar, flour and butter and begin the baking frenzy!

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12 Alice // Hip Foodie Mom December 9, 2013

omg, I love these!! Totally adding these to my “must bake” list! :)

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13 Patty December 9, 2013

So pretty and festive Laura-love the glaze and the bright cranberries-let the holiday baking begin ;)

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14 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction December 9, 2013

These biscotti are beautiful! They are a perfect homemade gift!

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15 Lizzy (Good Things) December 9, 2013

Now we’re talking! Biscotti are at the top of my favourite biscuits list, Laura and yours look exquisite! Thanks for sharing, happy baking xo

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16 Laura December 9, 2013

This recipe sounds so good! Now I normally don’t keep brandy on hand, so what would be a viable substitute?

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17 Tutti Dolci December 9, 2013

Hi Laura, I’d just swap the brandy with additional orange juice and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Hope that helps! :)

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18 Jennifer December 9, 2013

So beautiful and you can’t be the cranberry-orange combination. Must make these soon!

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19 Valerie December 9, 2013

I haven’t made biscotti yet! For some reason it always flys just below my radar – this is gorgeous visual incentive! :)

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20 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 9, 2013

Beautiful biscotti, Laura! But, don’t hate me…although you and Ashley (Baker by Nature) posted your cranberry and orange biscotti recipes, I am still going to post mine, LOL! I’ve got 3 biscotti recipes planned for the blog…if I have time! :) Love your styling and photography here…with all the drizzle and extra cranberries. So pretty! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning everywhere! xo

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21 The Café Sucre Farine December 9, 2013

Laura, just what I’d love with my morning coffee and so festive! Pinned!

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22 Tieghan December 9, 2013

Beautiful!! Love the colors!

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23 ela@GrayApron December 10, 2013

Biscotti are one of my big favorites! This year, I made the classic version. Next year…I’ll experiment more. Thanks for your inspiration! :) ela

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24 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 10, 2013

I’m making biscotti today! Though I wish I was making these, too, because they look super delicious. :)

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25 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) December 10, 2013

I love how each one is so perfectly drizzled and specked with cranberries. I would be happy to receive these biscotti as a Christmas gift. Lovely!

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26 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 10, 2013

I love the icing on top of these biscotti and the flavour combo of orange and cranberry sounds so festive! :D

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27 Maria@PinkPatisserie December 10, 2013

Beautiful and so delicious I bet! Wishing I had one for my morning coffee..

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28 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 10, 2013

These are true stunners! And so perfect for the holiday season and are my list of things to make! Laura you have the BEST sweet recipes.

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29 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 10, 2013

Cranberries and white choc is the BEST….and then with orange. YUM! Pinned

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30 Anne@FromMySweetHeart December 10, 2013

A perfect biscotti for the holidays. Cranberry and orange are so perfect together. And that little hint of brandy makes them even more festive! : )

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31 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 11, 2013

I think I might be the only person in the world left who hasn’t made biscotti! Great flavor combination in this one.

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32 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 11, 2013

Wow! My cup of coffee is begging for this!

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33 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks December 11, 2013

White chocolate, cranberry, and orange are one of my favourite winter flavour combos! Your biscotti look absolutely perfect!

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34 Emilie@TheCleverCarrot December 12, 2013

These would make the perfect gift! I might have to do this for teacher’s gifts… Where are you at 3 pm when I need one (or 2) of these with my coffee?! xx

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35 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 16, 2013

It’s incredible, I go through your recipe and with each next one I make strange sounds of excitement and my friend asked me if I am ok. So I showed her your blog, hahaha. Now we both make this sounds.

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