Cranberry Orange Biscotti

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 42 minutes
Cooling Time: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 22 minutes

Cranberry Orange Biscotti are such an elegant cookie. The combination of the Orange and cranberry are spectacular then add the white chocolate and you are truly in heaven.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti on a platter.

This Cranberry Orange Biscotti is a favorite for gift giving. They make a great presentation alone or along with your favorite coffee items. One of the best things about these cranberry biscotti cookies is the texture.  The twice baked process makes them crispy on the outside with a softer texture on the inside. They take a while to bake, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. 

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Biscotti are such a sophisticated cookie and this recipe in particular with the combination of orange and cranberry is even more so. This cookie has been around since the 14th century in Tuscany. NPR has more.

  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Adaptable: Can make with so many different fillings and additions.
  • Makes Great Gifts: Perfect for teachers, friends or hostess gifts.
A rack of cookies.

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: Make sure that it is an all purpose flour. You can use a gluten free flour for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder: Check the date, make sure it is still good.
  • Butter: Room temperature, softened. Unsalted butter can also be used.
  • Eggs: Large eggs, also room temperature.
  • Orange Zest: It is where all the flavor lives, make sure that you keep away from the bitter white pith.
  • Dried Cranberries: You can use other dried fruit too.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Vanilla Extract – Almond extract works well in these Italian cookies too.

How to Make Orange Cranberry Biscotti

These are the basic steps for making Italian Biscotti Cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Forming the biscotti and dipping.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.

STEP 2: MAKE DOUGH

Next,  whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Then in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and orange zest until combined.  With the mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated being careful not to over mix.  Stir in white chocolate and dried cranberries.

STEP 3: BAKE

Then divide dough in half.  For each half into a 12″x13″ log on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat other half of dough.  Place logs parallel and spaced apart on baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until logs are golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 25 minutes.  Maintain oven temperature.

STEP 4: CUT AND SECOND BAKE

Carefully transfer cooled logs to a cutting board.  Then using a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal.  Lie the slices on one cut side on a baking sheet.  Return to the oven and bake for 12 minutes.  Finally transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

A properly stored cranberry orange biscotti will last up to two weeks. Therefore, you can make them in advance and have them ready for guests or gift giving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Of course, freeze your orange biscotti in an airtight container, glass or a metal tin are best. They will be good for three months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

You can make these crispy cookies with almond flour or sugar substitute if you wish. Make sure the swap out is a 1 to 1 ratio.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT DRIED FRUIT FOR THIS HOMEMADE BISCOTTI?

Of course, try using dried cherries, apricots, pineapple etc.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This dessert recipe makes quite a few cookies but if you are going to a party or need them for cookie trays then you can use the recipe card below to double or even triple the recipe.

HOW HARD SHOULD MY BISCOTTI BE?

These cookies are made for dunking in your coffee or wine. So they should be hard. After the first baking, the biscotti loaves should be lightly golden and firm after cutting and baking again they should be hard.

A side view of the biscotti.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Pistachios, almonds or even walnuts add a wonderful flavor to this holiday recipe.
  • Drizzle: Drizzle a little more white chocolate on top to finish the cookies and make them a true showstopper for any social occasion.
  • Variation tip: Use a different flavor of chocolate such as semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
  • How to cut your biscotti: Need to see it done? Check the video to see how to cut them like a pro.

What to Serve with Cranberry Orange Biscotti


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Cranberry Orange Biscotti on a platter.
5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Yield: 22 cookies
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 42 minutes
Cooling Time: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 22 minutes
Cranberry Orange Biscotti are such an elegant cookie. The combination of the Orange and cranberry are spectacular then add the white chocolate and you are truly in heaven.
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Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and stir together. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and orange zest until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated being careful not to over mix. Stir in white chocolate and dried cranberries.
  • Divide dough in half. For each half into a 12″x13″ log on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Place logs parallel and spaced apart on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until logs are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
  • Carefully transfer cooled logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal. Lie the slices on one cut side on a baking sheet. Return to the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Expert Tips

  • Add Nuts: Pistachios, almonds or even walnuts add a wonderful flavor to this holiday recipe.
  • Drizzle: Drizzle a little more white chocolate on top to finish the cookies and make them a true showstopper for any social occasion.
  • Variation tip: Use a different flavor of chocolate such as semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
  • How to cut your biscotti: Need to see it done? Check the video to see how to cut them like a pro.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cake mix cookies, cranberry, orange, white chocolate

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