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Cranberry Swirl Biscotti

A friend of mine, who is known for her excellent cookies, shared this recipe with me. The mix of cranberries and cherry preserves is so refreshing. —Lisa Kilcup, Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place cranberries, preserves and cinnamon in a food processor; process until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread each with half of the cranberry mixture; roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side.
  • Place rolls 4 in. apart on a lightly greased baking sheet, seam side down. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Carefully transfer rolls to a cutting board; cool 5 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place slices upright on lightly greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until centers are firm and dry. Remove from pans to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients. Drizzle over warm cookies; cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 120 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Geneen
    Sep 15, 2020

    Perhaps it needs more baking powder to give it a bit more rise (?)

  • 911granny
    Jan 31, 2019

    We love biscotti and I have made them for years. All kinds and thought I'd try this recipe. I was really disappointed. The only thing we liked was the filling. The dough was not like a biscotti dough and my when my husband saw them he said what kind of cinnamon rolls are those? I told him biscotti and he laughed. Will not make them again but I am going to try this filling in my biscotti dough.

  • Bakeronduty
    Nov 11, 2016

    Silly question: by upright do you mean dough side up not the side showing all the layers?

  • tinarm
    Jan 22, 2016

    Everyone loved these! They are a great change from regular biscotti. The filling isn't too sweet, it's just right. My only suggestion is to chill the dough for at least 2 hours and roll each piece between two sheets of wax paper. ..worked great.

  • Kasha
    Oct 10, 2014

    Turned out well, didnt end up putting on the icing as no one could wait that long to try it!

  • rehux8
    May 20, 2013

    No comment left

  • FarmerGig
    Mar 23, 2012

    Outstanding. Mine never end up looking as pretty as the examples but, great flavor. Definitely take the time to process the berries and jam fully as pieces of fruit don't work so well in this one.

  • Santa O'Neill
    Dec 22, 2011

    This is very tasty. The only problem I had was the dough was to thin to roll. Had to add more flour.

  • karenattan
    Jan 4, 2011

    Easy to make and delicious! This one is a keeper in my collection!

  • maggieaw
    Nov 25, 2010

    I have made these delicious "cookies" many times now. I used different dried fruit in place of cranberries and I also change up the preserves flavor too. Always delicious and impressive to any dessert platter.