This recipe for cranberry-pistachio biscotti is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook."

Martha Stewart Living, February 2002, The Martha Stewart Show, November 2005, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1035


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Recipe Summary

Makes about 4 dozen


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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Place cranberries in a small bowl; add boiling water. Let stand until plump, about 15 minutes. Drain, and set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until combined. Mix in cranberries and pistachios.

  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each piece into a 16-by-2-inch log, and transfer to prepared baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. With the palm of your hand, flatten logs slightly. Brush beaten egg over surface of the dough logs, and sprinkle generously with sugar.

  • Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until logs are slightly firm to touch, about 25 minutes. Transfer logs on parchment paper to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

  • Place logs on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange slices, cut sides down, on rack. Bake until firm to touch, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven; let biscotti cool completely on rack. Biscotti can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Reviews (20)

142 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
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  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 20
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Rating: 2 stars
I been doing this biscotti and we love it!
Rating: 5 stars
hi, i tried this recipe, and it turned out great, is there any way i can make it eggless? thankyou
Rating: 3 stars
These turned out hard and dense, almost inedible. Possibly b/c I'm using a new convection oven I'm unfamiliar with, maybe cooked too long? Also though not enough nuts!
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe. Simple, easy to make and delicious.
Rating: 5 stars
I substituted sweetened dried cranberries (Craisins) and dipped the bottoms (flat side) in melted white chocolate. Easy recipe, this biscotti turned out beautifully. Yum!
Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe. This is the recipe that I used to teach to my students in high school for many years. They did a good job or I was a good teacher. Ha,ha. I'm a Family and Consumer Science teacher that tought for 40 years. I am retired now but still baking.
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I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I make these all the time for parties and holidays EVERYBODY RAVES they think its an old-world family recipe. Try making these bite-sized and adding white chocolate chips or dipping. I use endless combinations of fruits and nuts and other favorings with this one basic recipe. Get creative and enjoy. Try almonds and dark chocolate, means and apricot, figs and walnuts.....
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I thought this recipe looked fantastic, but the store was sold out of boiling water! Couldn't get a drop from the neighbours either. Maybe next time!
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Fantastic! I never thought making biscotti would be this easy. Next time I will experiment with different dried fruit and nuts and chocolate dip. Thanks, this great recipe encouraged me to keep trying new things!
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really nice recipe, easy and elegant! I cut the recipe in half and made and I got only one and half a dozen. I feel almond extract will be a better substitute for vanilla for this one, will make it again. Love it! Thanks so much!!!
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I've always been under the impression that biscotti was difficult to make, but after watching this video I decided to give it a try. It was just as easy as it looked, and they were delicious! My boyfriend's cousin actually said they were better than the biscotti he ate when he lived in Italy.
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I wanted to give up baking forever today after loosing several rounds with new cookie recipes. My last recipe on the list was the biscotti. I'm so glad I didn't stop after the cookies! The biscotti (my first biscotti ever) turned out fantastic! Easy enough for a first-timer and fast enough to make in less than two hours. The cranberries and pistachios make a great pair. On to my next biscotti recipe!
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I have wanted to make these for ages. I just loved the red/green colors. I used glace cherries instead of cranberries, they are much brighter red and sweeter too. I'd like to know how long they would keep if I made some to give as Christmas gifts.
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recipe was very easy, makes a lot. I thought they could be a bit sweeter, also i have made another recipe in the past using almonds instead of pistachios and used 1 tea vanilla and 1 tea almond extract and they had more flavor. am making again tonite!
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Soooo good. I make this every Christmas. I found it one year on her show. I vary the recipe by replacing the pistachios with dates. I use Cardamom for the spice. A big winner with my family and friends.
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Easy, Delicious and versitile! I'm so excited about this recipe - never made biscotti before - it's SO much better than anything at the store.
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Good. I had to use Walnuts instead. Added 1tsp orange zest too.
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Very Yummy Recipe! I made banana biscotti by replacing the cranberries and PIstachios for: 3 Very Ripe Bananas(Mashed) and 1 C. Chopped Walnuts or pecans... When they're ready and cool, DIp in melted baker's chocolate and let the chocolate harden... its sooo yummy.
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This recipe is really great and very easy to make. When i made it everyone who taste it thought i have bought the biscotti in a food shop. Try it, i really recomend it. Jackie, Dominican Republic