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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.

I talked about my lack of seasonal cheer this year in this sugar plum recipe. 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 these cranberry almond biscotti and my 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!)

If you want truly healthier biscotti, try these pumpkin biscotti, dark chocolate raisin rosemary biscotti or this ginger almond biscotti recipe. All are gluten-free too!

Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Turns out it was was worth getting excited over.

These cookies 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.

Fridays at Trader Joe’s, Saturdays 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 biscotti.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Yield: about 24 cookies
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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

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.


Monday 12th of December 2011

Your Christmas tree is positively gorgeous! The biscotti also look amazing, I was thinking about making some for gifts this year and might try these :)

Kat @ living like the kings

Monday 12th of December 2011

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!


Monday 12th of December 2011

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.

Tasha @Tashasdish

Monday 12th of December 2011

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.

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