Cranberry, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

There are only 10 days left until Christmas and I wanted to make some Christmas pastries. Since I had never baked for the holidays before, I thought I would try new things. The other day I saw this post about biscotti on vacation. I don’t remember having eaten biscuits before, so I thought it would be good to try them. I had also just discovered pistachios and thought it would be fun to bake them. The red of the dried cranberries and the green of the pistachios make these biscuits fit in well at parties. They were pretty easy to make. I tried to eat a slice after the first baking and they were pretty good, after the second baking they were very hard and difficult to chew. The biscotti were very tasty if you dipped them in hot chocolate to soften them up a bit. Next time you might have to dip them in some white chocolate milk.

Cranberry, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Servings: 4


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cranberries, and pistachios in a bowl.
  2. Mix the sugar, egg, vanilla, and orange zest in another bowl.
  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until they come together.
  4. Form the dough into a rough oval about 8 inches by 3 inches on parchment paper. Note: The dough will be very sticky but you will be able to shape it.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut it into 1/2 inch slices.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes per side at 325F/170C.
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