Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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

If you love cranberries this time of year, be sure to try our cranberry bliss bars! Or give our homemade cranberry sauce a try, readers love it!

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

Why this Recipe Works

Have you ever made your own biscotti?

I started doing it a while ago and found out it’s easier than I thought. This recipe creates a crispy toasted cookie that’s perfect for dunking in your coffee!

Once you learn how to make biscotti you can mix it up with all kinds of different add ins and flavors. I love this Cranberry Orange Biscotti all year long and this time 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. Just right for the holiday season!

Packed with juicy cranberry flavor and even more crunch from the pistachios, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti works as a breakfast treat, snack or after-dinner dessert.

You can even make a the dough ahead of time and store it in the freezer so you’re never more than a few minutes away from fresh, homemade biscotti!

Be sure to try our Pumpkin Biscotti for fall baking!

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

Ingredient Notes

  • Pistachios – Remove the shells (or buy pre-shelled) and chop finely.
  • Candy coating – For the topping, vanilla or white chocolate melting wafers like Candiquik work best.
  • Dried cranberries – I used Craisins in these biscotti.

Trust me when I say biscotti is easy to make. It also keeps really well in an airtight ziploc bag, so you can enjoy one every morning! You’re welcome!

Easy Instructions

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

What sets biscotti apart from other cookies is that they are double baked! After making the dough, you shape it into a rectangular log and bake it.

Then, slice the baked dough with a pizza cutter, lay each piece on its side and bake again. Flip the biscotti and bake one more time to make sure the sides are evenly brown.

After the biscotti cool, dip one side into a bowl of melted white chocolate candy coating. Let the candy coating set, then serve and eat or store!

Recipe FAQs

How long does biscotti stay good?

Stored in an airtight container or ziploc bag, this biscotti should stay crunchy and fresh for up to 2 weeks.

Can you freeze biscotti?

Biscotti don’t freeze well once baked because they lose their crispy crunchy texture once thawed. You CAN freeze the dough, though! Before baking, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Bake from frozen adding a few minutes of extra baking time. No need to thaw first!

How can I make these into smaller cookies for Christmas?

Cut the logs thinner in width but keep the same thickness so you don’t have to adjust the baking time. You can make the biscotti as wide or thin as you like.

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 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 8 ounce 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 ½ 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 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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Fresh homemade biscotti beats the store bought cookies by a mile. With white chocolate coating and flecks of red and green for holiday flair, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti make the perfect accompaniment for your coffee all season long–but don’t wait for Christmas time to give them a try!

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Posted on November 18, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Such an easy receipe and so good! I improvised adding other nuts and chocolate chips and some seeds. So good.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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 🙂

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

  11. 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!

  12. i am so not ashamed, I didn’t even wait for the white chocolate to harden. These are sooooooo good! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

    1. Glad others are finding the humor in it 🙂 ENJOY the biscotti, I’m sure your friend will love it!

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

  16. 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)!

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