Biscotti with Cranberry, White Chocolate, and Pistachios

by Shawnda on December 26, 2007

in Christmas,Cookies and Bars,Holiday Favorites,Thanksgiving

Red, White, and Green Biscotti

I’m a crunch fiend. If it’s crunches, I’ll eat it. Chips, nuts, ice from Sonic, ice not from Sonic… you get the picture. My husband takes issue with my noisy chewing – he should buy pens with softer pen caps :)

Red, White, and Green Biscotti

These cookies are pretty much a solid stick of crunch with just a hint of chewy from the cranberries. We’re not coffee drinkers but we had a wonderful time dipping these cookies into hot chocolate.

Red, White, and Green Biscotti

Crunchy biscotti studded with pistachio, dried cranberries, and white chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup shelled raw unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup high-quality white chocolate, chopped (for biscotti)
  • 8 oz high-quality white chocolate, chopped (for dipping)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs, oil, and almond extract in large bowl until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in pistachios, dried cranberries, and 3/4 cup chopped white chocolate. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls in two 12-inch-long strips on prepared baking sheet, spacing strips 3 inches apart. Using wet fingertips, shape each strip into 3-inch-wide log, pressing for even thickness (logs may look slightly lumpy).
  2. Bake logs until lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Cool logs on sheet 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325.
  3. Carefully transfer logs to cutting board. Line same baking sheet with parchment paper (I used the same sheet). Cut each log crosswise into generous 1/2-inch-thick slices. Stand biscotti upright, spacing about 1/4 inch apart, in 3 rows on prepared baking sheet. Bake until pale golden (biscotti may be soft but will firm as they cool), about 20 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet.
  4. Line another large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place shortening remaining chopped white chocolate in medium glass bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, stir until smooth.
  5. Dip 1 end or 1 side of each biscotti in chocolate; place on baking sheet. Chill until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. (Can be made ahead. Arrange in single layer in airtight container and chill up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.)

Notes

Yields: ~3 1/2 dozen cookies

Adapted from Gourmet

Estimated time: 2 hours

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie December 27, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Dipped into hot chocolate? Hot DARK chocolate? I can watch my weight anytime…and often do, come to think of it… These look wonderful!

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2 Kevin December 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm

The biscotti look great. I will have to try dipping them in chocolate the next time I make them.

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3 deLa December 28, 2007 at 8:00 am

its not just you! we had several different types of biscotti delivered to our office from customers. im addicted to the triple chocolates ones.

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4 Tartelette January 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Festive biscotti! Love them! I hear you about the weight thing, I felt bad giving away so many treat boxes but happy they would not be on my thighs!

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