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Pecan-Cranberry Biscotti


Pecans work well in this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite nut.

  • Yield: Makes 24

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1996


  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Finely chop half the pecans, and leave remaining ones in halves; set aside.

  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine baking powder, flour, sugar, and salt. In a bowl, beat eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients; mix on medium low until sticky dough is formed. Stir in pecans, cranberries, and zest.

  3. Turn dough out onto well-floured board; sprinkle with flour, and knead slightly. Shape into 9-by-3 1/2-inch logs. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 275 degrees.

  4. On cutting board, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Return pieces cut side down to baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 20 minutes. Turn over. Bake until slightly dry, about 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container.

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  • MS12171593
    4 FEB, 2014
    Delicious, easy to make. I coated the bottoms with bittersweet chocolate, they were a big hit. Going to make another with orange zest this time.
  • motherwell2
    14 JAN, 2012
    Way too sweet and even after I only used a cup of sugar.
  • amelia815
    27 OCT, 2011
    Just great--I made a batch of these and substituted ground hazelnuts with fantastic results. Going to make another batch just now and I'm going to try using frozen blueberries. Very adaptable, easy recipe.
  • annunziata
    24 SEP, 2011
    I made these biscotti twice in one week, the whole family loved them. I will make them again shortly, they are really good.. I've started my Christmas baking, and these will freeze nicely. thanks..
  • feedemwell
    20 APR, 2010
    This is a lovely recipe. Addition of whole wheat flour to the nuts in this biscotti make for a yummy nutty treat. So perfect with morning coffee treat!
  • b13670
    1 JUL, 2008
    I did not have pecans once and used pistachuio's and have been hooked ever since. I think they add more flavor and contrast to the cranberries.
  • emschneider
    23 JUN, 2008
    I was always afraid to make biscotti, thought it was too hard to do. However, this was a very easy recipe to follow and the outcome was delicious biscotti. Now I am hooked and will find other biscotti recipes. What great gifts they will make year round.
  • bojo
    3 APR, 2008
    This is an outstanding recipe. I've had many requests for these biscotti, especially at Christmas. This recipe is very easy to prepare and always delicious. I make it with whole wheat pastry flour (freshly ground) instead of the all-purpose flour and no one knows the difference!
  • mtracconi
    25 NOV, 2007
    This a favorite of mine for the last 5 years or so, ALWAYS a hit ! I did change one thing I used orange zest instead and boy is this a yummy recipe!!!!