Orange Cranberry Biscotti
Orange Cranberry Biscotti are easy to make at home, and taste far better than what you can buy from the store. Biscotti truly taste best freshly baked! Enjoy them on their own, or pair with creamy make-ahead desserts like Butterscotch Budino and Creme Brulee.
These Biscotti taste like Christmas. Spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and studded with orange zest and cranberries, they have a warm and cozy spirit.
Biscotti were one of the first cookies I ever fell in love with, because they have TONS of crunch, and I’m a crunchy foods fanatic.
They’re also extremely versatile, and this dough can be adjusted to many different flavor combinations.
I’ve done chocolate chip biscotti, orange lavender, and lemon white chocolate, to name a few.
Because they’re more of a dry cookie, they lend themselves well to gifting.
Just wrap it up in cellophane and tie with a ribbon, and you have a really personal and delicious holiday gift.
How to Make Biscotti:
Biscotti can be made by hand, in the stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or in the food processor. There are so many ways to make them!
I’m going to show you how to make them with by hand, but the recipe box has instructions for all methods.
For the dry ingredients, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar:
The spices are optional, and can be substituted with other warm spices like nutmeg and cardamom.
Whisk that together, then add eggs and melted butter:
Mix until a dough forms, and add orange zest, cranberries, and pistachios:
These mix-ins are optional, and you can feel free to try other kinds of ingredients.
Between the orange zest and spices, the house will smell wonderful while you’re baking these. And ditto to Baklava and Bread Pudding.
Mix in the ingredients, until evenly distributed:
Split the dough into two, then shape them into rectangles:
Keep in mind they will spread as they bake, so I make them no longer than 4″ in length.
Bake for about 35 minutes, until the edges start to get golden brown.
Let the biscotti cool for 15 minutes, then slice them with a sharp knife, about 1/2″ thick:
It is important you let them cool slightly, otherwise the dough will tear.
Place the biscotti slices back onto the pan, cut side up:
Bake them in a slightly cooler oven for about 25-30 more minutes, flipping the biscotti over halfway through, until they are thoroughly golden and crunchy.
Let the cookies cool completely. During cooling, they will get even crunchier.
Shortbread Cookies, Molasses Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are some of my favorites for Christmas.
I also love Cut Out Cookies for decorating. Enjoy!
More Holiday Treats:
Orange Cranberry Biscotti
- 10 oz all purpose flour by weight (2 cups, if measuring)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 large eggs
- zest of one orange (about 2 tsp)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup salted pistachios
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the butter and eggs and mix together with a sturdy spatula, until combined and clumped together into a dough.
- Gently mix in the orange zest, cranberries, and pistachios, until evenly distributed.
- Divide the dough in two and place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Shape each piece into a rectangle, no longer than 4 inches in length, and about 1" thick (and for reference, mine were about 10" wide, but width doesn't matter). The dough will spread as it bakes.
- Bake for 35 minutes until the edges start to brown slightly. Turn the oven down to 325F and take the biscotti out.
- Let the biscotti cool on the pan for 15 minutes, then slice with a sharp knife vertically into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Let the knife do the work for you, and use light pressure so the cookies don’t break (and if your dough tears, let them cool for 5 more minutes).
- Place the biscotti slices back onto the baking sheet cut side up and bake for 25-30 more minutes, flipping the biscotti halfway through, until they are golden brown and crunchy.
- Let the cookies cool completely before enjoying.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
Post updated in December 2018. Originally published in December 2010.
17 Comments on “Orange Cranberry Biscotti”
I just made this recipe and ended up with fistfuls of crumbs. That’s all.
I do not recommend this recipe.
I have made these several times with various “add ins” ! This is the best and easiest recipe- if you are using salted butter don’t use full amount of salt that is suggested and I only bake my loafs for 25 minutes . Just small suggestions.
I made these on Mothers’ Day to cheer myself up since none of my kids can visit. It worked! I allow myself one with hot milk in the evening to help me sleep. I’m about to turn 91.
I love this recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I have made it for a few years during Christmas now and this year I had requests from friends asking if I was making this biscotti again this year 🙂 so it’s a keeper and a favorite at our house.
Also, I love how the house smells while these are baking. Amazing!
Fun to make and yummy.
Hi! I make them every christmass which is not common in Poland where I come from:) I fell in love with them from the first bite. I recommend!
I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a real hit- thank you for the recipe! Now I’m going to try and make them and add white chocolate chips and slivered almonds. Happy Holidays!
That’s wonderful Jennifer! Yes, you can definitely play with the ingredients you mix in!
I was surfing as well for Peanut Butter Biscotti & came across your site. I really need to try these. Keep me posted when U have more Biscotti’s 😉
ooo Peanut Butter Biscotti? Never tried it, but I love peanut butter and it sounds delicious! I’ve got one other biscotti recipe, but I’ll definitely do more around holiday time.
I made this biscotti this afternoon, and I have to say that it is uber delicious! It also made my house smell delightful! Thank you for sharing!
This makes me so happy! I’m glad you like them =) I just love all kinds of biscotti! And yes, I know how amazing they smell baking in the oven. It just makes the house smell like Christmas.
I ran across your post while looking for a good holiday biscotti recipe to make and ship home. This is definitely it!
Yes, that would be fine if you posted it to your blog =) Let me know how you like them!
I have been waiting to use up my left over cranberries and this recipe looks like a great one to try! I’ve never done a biscotti before, but you make it sound like any one can do it! Thanks!
Yum! I love biscotti (almost as much as I love the coffee I drink along with them). And I totally agree about the cinnamon — it makes a difference!
Mmmm, this looks great, specially when you dip it in a glass of milk