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Studded with dried cranberries and roasted pistachios, these golden and lightly crisped cranberry pistachio biscotti are perfect for the holidays. Recipe makes 24 cookies.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
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And just like that, December is upon us and cookie season is officially here! There’s nothing I adore more than a platter piled high with Christmas cookies for sharing and indulging.

We began with snickerdoodles, and now we’ll move to a festive batch of biscotti. Golden and lightly crisped, these twice-baked cranberry pistachio biscotti are perfect for Christmas.

Studded with jeweled flecks of sweet-tart dried cranberries and roasted pistachios, each bite is flavored with the essence of brown butter and brandy. Finished with an artful white chocolate drizzle, these cookies are the epitome of holiday cheer!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Crisp Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 44 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Studded with dried cranberries and roasted pistachios, these golden and lightly crisped cranberry pistachio biscotti are perfect for the holidays. Recipe makes 24 cookies.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted pistachios, chopped
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped


  1. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour brown butter in a large mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Whisk in sugar and brandy; whisk in eggs one at a time until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until incorporated; fold in cranberries and pistachios. Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough in half and use moistened hands to shape dough into 2 (10-by-4-inch) loaves on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 24 to 25 minutes, until pale golden. Carefully transfer loaves to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Using a serrated knife, cut loaves into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheet; bake 10 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 10 minutes more or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Place 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. Transfer chocolate to a small piping bag and drizzle over biscotti; let set before serving.
  7. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


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  1. I’ve made this recipe twice now. Hubby and I love it with a latte! Next time I’m going to add some orange peel in the cookie and a little orange zest and orange liquor in drizzled icing sugar.

    1. Hi April, you can just omit the brandy. For flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I believe the dough will still be moist enough to come together, but if it seems dry (before you mix in the cranberries and pistachios), you could add an extra tablespoon of melted butter. Hope that helps!