Dec 2011

Cranberry, Pistachio + White Chocolate Biscotti

I’m am not generally a fan of biscotti – they are often hard as a rock so I tend to associate eating them with an imminent trip to the dentist. That’s a heavy consequence.

But this biscotti is different!

It has a lot going for it – not only has it been dipped in white chocolate which helps keep it on the softer side, the cranberries lend a bit of chewiness as well. I initially considered omitting the anise seed because it can be so polarizing, but it’s an important touch and one that will most likely slip by any haters, unnoticed. Lastly, the cheerful jewel tones imparted by the cranberries & pistachios help promote peace on earth and good will toward men. Have I changed your mind?

‘ Tis the season!


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2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
6 T  unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 T  lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp whole aniseed
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
3/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
6 oz  imported white chocolate, chopped

From Bon Appetit: Preheat oven to 325.

Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift first 3 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl to blend well. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in lemon peel, vanilla, and aniseed. Beat in flour mixture just until blended. Stir in cranberries and pistachios (dough will be sticky). Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Gather dough together; divide in half. Roll each half into 15-inch-long log (about 1 1/4 inches wide). Carefully transfer logs to 1 prepared baking sheet, spacing 3 inches apart.

Bake logs until almost firm to touch but still pale, about 28 minutes. Cool logs on baking sheet 10 minutes. Maintain oven temperature. Carefully transfer logs still on parchment to cutting board. Using serrated knife and gentle sawing motion,cut logs crosswise into generous 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place slices, 1 cut side down, on remaining 2 prepared sheets. Bake until firm and pale golden, about 9 minutes per side. Transfer cookies to racks and cool.

Line another baking sheet with waxed paper. Stir white chocolate in top of double boiler over barely simmering water just until smooth. Remove from over water. Dip 1 end of each cookie into melted chocolate, tilting pan if necessary; shake off excess chocolate. Place cookies on prepared sheet. Chill until chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes. (Can be made 5 days ahead. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper at room temperature.)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimby December 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

These are such beautiful biscotti for the holidays and I like your “snow!”

I hear ya on the “no dunk” coffee! :)


The Fromagette December 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hahhaha, thank you Kim. We haven’t had any real snow yet this year…. so strange!


Cindy December 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

Oh. My. Goodness. I’m not really a biscotti fan either, but these are so beautiful I might have to change my mind. And white chocolate (or any chocolate!) makes everything better!


The Fromagette December 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

Chocolate DOES have a way of making everything better, doesn’t it. :)


Michelle Lacayo December 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hey! Thank you so much for sending me some of these ! I really enjoyed them. I loved the combination of cranberries and the lemon! I’ll be making some of these in the future. Thank you again for sharing. Have a happy holiday!


Deb December 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Biscotti is not one of my essential holiday cookies either, but the combination of cranberries, pistachio, lemon and anise is very enticing! The robe of white chocolate evokes an elegant and festive occasion and may find a place on my holiday cookie tray. Lovely recipe.


Yadsia @ShopCookMake December 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Oh, those look goooooooooood


Annie Byrne December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I made these last year for Christmas except used nutmeg instead of aniseed {just didn’t have any} and they were fabulous. Left some un-chocolated but really really good.


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