Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Crunchy Biscotti with Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate. I love keeping some biscotti on hand during the holiday season!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe is easy to make and perfect for holidays!

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How are you all with a sense of humor? Apparently some of my readers had a hard time with a cartoon I posted on facebook. Here’s the photo:


I found it funny, personally. I didn’t expect so many negative comments. But the best is the dozen emails/messages I received in private telling me how “sick I am” and how “anti Thanksgiving I must be.”

Ummm, PEOPLE. It’s a cartoon picture depicting CARTOON characters at dinner. They are puppets who can’t even eat. And I didn’t EAT Big Bird. He’s a cartoon character so that would be impossible.

But if he were real, imagine how many people he could feed.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe is easy to make and perfect for holidays!

So, this really has nothing to do with today’s recipe, except for the fact that I am sharing a non Thanksgiving recipe today. I mean, you are more than welcome to make this biscotti and enjoy it with your coffee on Thanksgiving morning, but it’s not mashed potatoes or turkey.

And it has nothing to do with the fact that I am anti-Thanksgiving. Or anti-Big Bird for that matter. Although I am more of an Elmo fan. And Oscar the Grouch. But I would never eat them. Cause they are cartoon characters.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe is easy to make and perfect for holidays!

Okay, so let’s chat one more time about Biscotti. I love cranberry and white chocolate together! I think they are a perfect pair.

Like peanut butter and jelly

…macaroni and cheese

…Big Bird and Snuffleupagus (sorry, had to go there).

I added in some chopped pistachios too. They add not only to the flavor of this biscotti, but I love the red/green color of the craisins and pistachios! Perfect for the holiday season!

And trust me when I say biscotti is easy to make. I don’t lie (I really did not EAT or never plan to EAT big bird).

It also keeps really well in an airtight ziploc bag too, so you can enjoy one every morning! You’re welcome!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe is easy to make and perfect for holidays!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe is easy to make and perfect for holidays!

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Yield: 12 large biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Crunchy Biscotti with Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate. I love keeping some biscotti on hand during the holiday season!


  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 8 oz white chocolate candy coating (vanilla Candiquik), melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix until thoroughly blended. Fold in cranberries and pistachios.
  3. On prepared baking sheet, shape dough into a 12 inch by 5 inch rectangle, that is about 1/2 inch thick. I use a little extra flour on my hands to keep the dough from sticking.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Using a pizza cutter or serrated knife, slice biscotti into 12, one inch wide slices. Lay each slice on it's side, separating them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Flip biscotti to opposite side and bake another 10minutes. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  6. To garnish, dip bottom of cooled biscotti into melted vanilla candy coating. Set on parchment paper (candy coating side DOWN) and allow to dry/set. Once set (about 15 minutes) store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to two weeks.
  7. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Today’s recipe was originally published on November 27, 2013.


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Posted on November 18, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made these for my hubs today.  Included zest from a clementine and mini white chocolate chips.  He loved them!  Thanks for recipe

  2. Ha, Ha! I love that cartoon. I have seen it before, and it is definitely one of my all time favorites. I even saved it and put it in my scrapbook. It always makes me smile. I love a weird sense of humor. Thanks for giving me a smile today.

  3. I know this is a 5-year-old post, but you still got a laugh out of me with that comic. I didn’t understand at first when you said people were disturbed by Sesame Street characters gathering for a Thanksgiving feast, then I saw the legs. That is funny (at least to me.) If you have anymore like that, I appreciate them (but then again, I am a fan of the Calvin & Hobbes “beheaded” Snowman sculptures). Stay cool, Aimee, and I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I also hope your military family can gather together, but if not, I will hope for their safety. Thank you for your service.

  4. I’ve made these several times already , they are easy and delish ! I like to bake things ahead and freeze them , these do very well . I also find it super easy to split the dough in half then I put it between wax paper to mold the log shape I need . easy no mess.

  5. I have made this delicious biscotti many times and love it. I justify eating many myself by reminding myself that I didn’t dip them in chocolate.  This started out as a special treat for our B&B guests in the morning before breakfast was ready. I copied this from The Ponderosa B&B just outside of Coeur d’alene Idaho. What a great way to start the day.  Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. I made these biscotti for Christmas, it came out great and tasted great, however, it lost it’s crunch after three days of having it. Please advise

  7. Well l got a kick out of the cartoon, and your comments back. I am excited to make this biscotti recepie. I don’t drink coffee, but l love them anyway. I will also make the cranberry white chocolate cookies. Thank you for the great recipes.(and the cartoon)

  8. I love all of your biscotti. I would love to make these into a smaller version for Christmas cookie trays. How would I alter the directions to make them smaller and what would I do with bake times?

    1. You can make the logs thinner in width, but keep the same thickness. If you’re keeping them the same thickness, the bake times stays the same 🙂

  9. I just started making Biscotti. Never had them and completely obsessed now. Thanks for the recipe. OH and the big bird cartoon is hilarious 

  10. I have to say that your cartoon was pretty funny. It made me smile on a gloomy day. Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to bake them today!

  11. Loved, loved, loved these biscotti! I made them and gave them as gifts to my neighbors. They loved them so much, they asked me to bake more so they can give them as gifts! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  12. Good Grief! I wish that’s all I had to get bent out of shape about. I have had that cartoon for years and put it on my Fridge every Thanksgiving, it’s a hoot!

    Anyway, going to make your biscotti recipe for a special friend and have a Christmas Tea.
    Happy Christmas!

  13. How do people survive in this world that are offended by a drawing…. oh my. Anyway though this biscotti looks perfect 🙂 love pistachios!

  14. People are so weird sometimes; or they just want to be angry at something. Blegh. I thought it was amusing and I LOVE the look of these biscotti! My mom would love a batch of these around Christmas. 😀

    1. I think you need to make your mom a batch of this biscotti for the holidays. As a mom, I would love it if my kids baked for me (as long as they cleaned up after themselves, Hahaha)!

  15. Oh my gosh, that cartoon is hilarious!! Just remember Aimee, there are many people out there who just want to complain about anything!

    Now there is certainly nothing to complain about where your biscotti is concerned! That NEEDS to be on my breakfast table and in my mouth!!

  16. This biscotti looks heavenly Aimee! My sister is the biscotti maker in the family but I may just have to infringe on her turf with this recipe 🙂 Pinned!

  17. This biscotti looks amazing, Aimee! I love dunking crunchy cookies into my coffee, and though I’ve only ever made 2 kinds of biscotti, this one’s sure to enter the mix soon. I love cranberry white chocolate scones…another perfect coffee pairing, if you ask me 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Love the recipe and that cartoon was soooo funny!! I guess I must be anti-thanksgiving as well being a vegan!! People are so stupid sometimes!! Happy Holidays!

  19. I love Sesame Street as much as the other person, this was absolutely hilarious. If they can’t see it for what it is, a cartoon, then that’s their problem.

  20. “But if he were real, imagine how many people he could feed.” Love this line! You totally just made my morning with that. 🙂

  21. Oh my gosh. Hillarious cartoon – my husband and I needed that laugh! (So what size turkey fryer would you need?) :-p
    Am going to try the biscotti… never made it before, wish me luck! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  22. I first saw that pic on your Instagram and laughed out loud!!

    I will have to try this biscotti for my mother she loves the stuff! Great combo of flavors too!

  23. Seems strange to me that some would have been offended by that cartoon–I thought it was hilarious. I do tend to have a more morbid sense of humor but it’s clearly a joke.
    Anyway, I’m going to have to try the biscotti recipe except I almost always use fresh cranberries instead of dried–I just love the tartness.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. The biscotti turned out excellent!! Just finished making 4 batches and thought that would be enough to give away for Christmas goodies….HA! If I can keep my husband out of them, I MIGHT have some leftover. Oh well, he’s a great tester! I’ll be making another 4 batches this week for friends. Thankfully, I have a nut farm with fresh pistachios near by. Thanks for another great recipe!

  24. Oooh oooh! I love cranberries and white chocolate. They are a perfect pair. I really could have had one of these bad boys with my coffee this morning! And what I love is that these would make a perfect gift. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  25. I guess some of us can’t give up childhood friends?!?! Oh well, this biscotti should clear it all up – who wouldn’t love this? For starters, your photos are beautiful and let the cranberries shine. Second, cranberry+pistachio+ white chocolate sounds incredible! I will have to try that flavor combo this week. I had forgotten about biscotti (isn’t that horrible; too obsessed with pumpkin:) but I can’t wait to make this as gifts now! Thank for sharing Ms. Aimee!

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