Cranberry Almond Biscotti

This cranberry almond biscotti recipe is perfect for the holidays! Biscotti are the best cookie for coffee and tea after dinner and this festive one won’t disappoint.

Guess who finally got her shit together and has a Christmas tree and decorated house? This scrooge. Apparently, I just needed to call myself out and that would be motivation enough to get it done. Or at least motivation enough to call my mom at 10:15am yesterday while on my couch, still sipping coffee in my pajamas and beg her to come over and do it for me help me. Same thing.


Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Christmas Tree

The reality though is that after getting the tree in the stand and lit, I went into the kitchen to bake and mom started decorating.

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I really don’t get excited about hanging decorations. Biscotti dough however?

Cranberry Almond Biscotti Dough

That I can get excited about.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti Preparation

Obviously, making even length dough logs is a strength of mine.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti Cookies

I used the biscotti recipe that’s been around forever in my family which is basically just a lot of flour, a lot of eggs and a lot of sugar except I halved it and of course modified it a little to include some festive cranberries and almonds. I also reduced the sugar and subbed in some whole wheat pastry flour, ensuring that the batch I sent my mom home with won’t be touched by my father. God forbid he eats something remotely “healthy” (a very loose term with these cookies!)

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Turns out it was was worth getting excited over. These are the perfect accompaniment to a mug of tea while sitting in front of the fire in your newly decorated house. And I’m not just saying that. It’s exactly what Ulysses and I did last night. Friday’s at Trader Joe’s, Saturday’s at home. We.are.wild.

Decorated Christmas Tree

After playing around with shutter speeds, apertures and exposure for 15 minutes, this was the best I could do with getting the lights to “sparkle.” I should probably stick to baking.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Yield: about 2 dozen
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This cranberry almond biscotti recipe is perfect for the holidays! Biscotti are the best cookie for coffee and tea after dinner and this festive one won't disappoint.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and eggs together either by hand or with handheld mixer.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flours, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in extracts to wet ingredients.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and fold together with a spatula until just incorporated.
  5. Fold in cranberries and almonds carefully and form dough into a ball (it will be a relatively sticky dough.)
  6. Wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  7. Once refrigerated, preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.
  8. Cut dough into four even sections and roll out into a log shape approximately 12"x2" and place on baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and carefully slice the logs on the diagonal. Lay each slice on its side.
  11. Bake again for 8-10 minutes until just golden on the edges.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool.


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Thanks for helping doing it all and getting me out of my funk mom!


  1. emily

    Your tree is amazing! I love Christmas time. I really wish I could taste things through the computer monitor because that biscotti looks A-MAZING. Actually, everything you make looks amazing. One of these days I need to actually make some of them :)

  2. Amanda

    Your house looks beautiful! I’m so envious right now – since getting our new puppy yesterday, I’ve had to puppy-proof everything, roll up the rugs, put up baby gates in the doorways. It’s not nice to look at, but better than the alternative!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ahhh, I don’t miss puppyhood! Good thing they’re extra cute as puppies or it would be hard to make it through those first few weeks/months!

  3. Amanda

    Looks beautiful Gina (and Aunt Barbara!). My house is still in fall/Thanksgiving mode and I’m also struggling with decorating since we won’t be here the week of Christmas. Wish I could summon my mom to help me! :) Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m eager to try this one! Merry Christmas to you!

  4. liza@docrunsforhealth

    You did great decorating! It is always better to wait until you are in the right mood. Biscotti look amazing!

  5. Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl

    I guessed it! I’ve always wanted to make cranberry white chocolate chip biscotti. Why have I never made biscotti???

    Anyway… I have some tea. Sadly, no biscotti. Wanna send me some? ;)

    And I got my shit together this weekend and decorated, too. Looks pretty nifty!

  6. Tasha @Tashasdish

    Beautiful Christmas decorations and very yummy looking cookies – the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. PS: I think the Christmas lights looked like they were twinkling in the picture.

  7. STUFT Mama

    Everything looks fabulous. Can you send over your mom to my house next? And make sure she brings some of those biscottis? I need to get out of a serious funk. :) LOL.

  8. Kat @ living like the kings

    First off – can you say shit on the internet?! Those biscotti look incredible. And your decorations are gorgeous! I can’t wait until a few years from now when we can put all of our decorations back up on the tree (we’re leaving the big glass stuff off until Peanut gets a little older). But for now we’re enjoying just watching her admire the tree!

  9. Liz

    I made the biscotti tonight (no almonds, just flavoring) t
    and this is the best I’ve ever had. thank you so much for sharing your recipe.


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