Today I am joining some fun fellow bloggers for a virtual holiday cookie exchange!

I am sharing my recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti.

Then you can click through to see what my friends Cindy, Mary Ann, Juliet, Annie, Kim, and Elizabeth are baking!

Are you ready to indulge that sweet tooth?!

Meet me in the kitchen!

Do You Like to Bake Holiday Cookies?

Holiday cookies are a tradition in my family.

I have such “sweet” childhood memories of cookie tins stacked high on the kitchen counters in December. Like a game of hide and seek, you had to open each one to see what was inside — until you remembered which tin contained which cookie.

And dessert for Christmas dinner was always a big platter of assorted cookies.

Exotic Mexican wedding cookies. Decadent toffee bars. Crunchy Swedish butter cookies. Tart-sweet lemon bars. Airy meringues. Crumbly-topped date bars. Creamy fudge. Red-jeweled cranberry bars. Chewy lace cookies. And of course the king of all Christmas cookies — buttery spritz!

My grandmother baked.

My mom, who was a fantastic cook, but not really a baker, did for the holidays.

And when I had a family of my own, I filled my own tins with all the old favorites in December.

And, as each generation does, I also added a few new favorites.

Today I am sharing one of those with you!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti were not a thing when I was growing up, so they didn’t make it into my grandmother’s recipe box. I remember them becoming popular when Starbucks started spreading across the country.

They really are perfect with a cup of coffee!

You might think that biscotti are too hard to make yourself, but I assure you they certainly are not! They do take some time (they go in the oven twice!) , and you have to follow multiple steps. But homemade biscotti are definitely worth the extra effort!

And these biscotti, with their festive red dried cranberries and green pistachios, are perfect for the holidays. The lemon zest and anise seed create a wonderful depth of flavor in this not-too-sweet treat!

Here is the recipe!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Adapted from a 2003 Bon Appetit recipe. If you want a more decadent treat, those were dipped in white chocolate. I prefer this less sweet version!
Servings 3 dozen


  • 2 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 6 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T grated lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t whole aniseed
  • 1 C dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3/4 C shelled raw pistachios


Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. 
  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Step 2

  • Mix first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl to blend well.
  • Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
  • Mix in lemon peel, vanilla, and aniseed.
  • Beat in flour mixture until just blended.
  • Stir in the cranberries and pistachios. The dough will be sticky.  

Step 2

  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a ball and then divide in half.
  • Roll each half into 15-inch-long log
  • Transfer logs to a prepared baking sheet, spacing a few inches apart.
  • Bake logs until almost firm to the touch but still pale, about 28 minutes.

Step 3

  • Cool logs on the baking sheet 10 minutes, leaving the oven on for the second bake.
  • Carefully transfer logs to a cutting board.
  • Use a SERRATED bread knife to cut logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. 
  • Place slices, cut side down, on prepared baking sheets. 
  • Bake about 5 minutes per side for softer biscotti, or about 9 minutes per side for crunchier biscotti.
  • Enjoy!

And some pics for you visual learners!

(That would be me…)

The ingredients

I hope you will give these biscotti a try!

And also be sure to visit each of my friends to see what they are baking!

Pinecones & Acorns

Cindy Hattersley Design

Classic Casual Home

Make Mine a Spritzer

Most Lovely Things

Northern California Style

I can’t wait to see myself! I can always use a new favorite holiday cookie (or two) to add into the mix!

What are your favorite holiday cookies?! Drop a comment below to let me know!

Later This Week

Well, this was fun getting together on a Thursday!

I will be turning right around and posting again on Saturday.

The Christmas trees, remember?!

And check out last week’s blog post My Holiday Mantel | How to Get That “Wow” Full-Garland Look.

It has been cold this week and we have even gotten a bit of snow.

I have really been enjoying the warm glow of the trees’ lights. And I am sitting by the fire as I type.

Nibbling on biscotti…

See you again soon!

Be sure to tell my baking friends I say hi when you pop over to their blogs!


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