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Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti

These biscotti taste great with a cup of coffee or even with a glass of sweet white wine for dessert. The lemon drizzle makes them seem indulgent. -Marta Perez-Stable of Westlake, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fat-free milk

Directions

  • Place cranberries in a small bowl; sprinkle with orange juice. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in pistachios and lemon peel. Drain cranberries; stir into dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into thirds. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, shape each portion into a 12x2-in. rectangle. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cutting board; with a serrated knife, cut each loaf into 20 slices. Place cut side down on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm, turning once. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl; stir in enough milk to achieve desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over biscotti. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 129 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • buttermilk maid
    Dec 26, 2016

    A very nice biscotti. I added a drizzle of glaze. It was a keeper for my Christmas cookie collection. Did not have an issue with dough.

  • hardyjn
    Dec 10, 2011

    Loved this biscotti...Agree with a previous baker, the dough is very wet and would reduce the amount of cranberries and cut them in half refore adding them to the dough. will make again

  • reezee3
    Dec 19, 2009

    No comment left

  • o.blonde1
    Nov 22, 2009

    While the cookies taste fine (not "blow me away fantastic"), but the dough was COOKIE dough, NOT biscotti dough.Is there a step missing in the instruction "On a lightly floured work surface, divide dough into thirds." ?? This doughwais super-sticky and stuck to the board (however floured), my hands... everything. Maybe putting the dough in the fridge for an hour would help it stiffen up and be workable.Also, when cutting the loaves, the cranberries were too numerous and about a half cup or so ended up on the cutting board. Seemed such a waste - I'd reduce the amount by half, the nuts as well (which I would finely chop rather than put in whole).This was not my first time making biscotti, but it was for this recipe... which I will not be using again.

  • unicornpc
    Aug 7, 2008

    I loved the flavor of these Biscotti, you can't go wrong with the cranberry and pistachio flavor. Everyone loved these cookies.