I do like a special cookie or two for the holidays though and this cranberry-pistachio biscotti has become a favorite of mine over the past few years. It is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe that I have made my own. Make it this weekend and treat yourself. It is the perfect cookie to have with a hot cup of tea when you want to take a break from the hectic pace of holiday preparations.
Adapted from Giada DeLairentiis
|Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti Ingredients|
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Measure the flour and baking powder into a medium bow land whisk to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.
Form the dough into a log, approximately 13-inches long and 3-inches wide on the prepared baking sheet. There is no need to obsess over the size of the log, but know that its size will impact the cooking time.
|Form the Batter into a Log|
Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Don't cool longer or the cookies will be brittle and crumble when sliced.
|Bake until Golden|
Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Place the biscotti on racks over parchment or waxed paper. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the biscotti. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.
|Drizzle with Chocolate|
I like to make these biscotti ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags for up to 3 weeks. They freeze very well.
These biscotti are sure to become a favorite of yours. The contrasts of the sweet, crunchy and tart make this a holiday winner. You can get the printable cranberry-pistachio biscotti recipe by clicking the link.