Your holiday cookie platter will be complete with these Thin Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. Festive looking, great tasting & so easy to make!
Thin Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Biscotti are wonderful, aren’t they?
I’m not just saying that because I love biscotti, because, well, I do love biscotti.
But, homemade biscotti are wonderful because they:
- are great for dunking;
- can be made into any flavor, sweet or savory;
- have a long shelf life since they are twice-baked;
- freeze well;
- make great hostess gifts;
- are great for a homemade Christmas cookie box and
- are easy to make.
I love them so much I created a comprehensive guide on how to make biscotti so that everyone can see how truly easy they are to make!
These are also some of the reasons why I always start my holiday baking by making biscotti.
Spoiler alert: These cranberry cookies will quickly become one of your favorite Italian Christmas Cookies that you will make not only for the holidays but throughout the year.
I will not deny that these particular biscotti are a little labor-intensive. There are well over 200 super thin biscotti that need to be sliced and baked. But you will be rewarded with a great-tasting biscotti.
Are you ready?
How to make Thin Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
We begin by making the dough. This easy biscotti recipe includes the orange zest, plumped cranberries and pistachios.
You will quickly notice that this mixture cannot be “rolled” into the traditional log shape. Instead, what we are going to do, is transfer large “spoonfuls” of the dough on the parchment-lined cookie sheet, trying to create a shape that resembles a log.
Then, with slightly dampened fingers, press and shape the dough into a log and bake. You will notice there is no baking powder in this recipe. As a result, we can get away with placing three logs on a large baking sheet since expansion is limited.
If you prefer, you can also use parchment-lined loaf pans. In the oven, they go for about 15-20 minutes until they are firm to the touch.
Once baked, you will inevitably notice that these loaves are extremely pale-looking. Not to worry. Remember, they are going in for a second bake, but first, they must be sliced.
A very sharp knife is crucial to get very thin slices -one-sixteenth of an inch is ideal. That being said, if you can only slice them one-eighth of an inch, they will still taste great; you just won’t have as many.
Your super-thin biscotti are ready for the second baking.
Place slices flat on the baking sheets and bake at the same temperature for about 10 minutes (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get).
Flip the biscotti over halfway through the bake time. Keep an eye on them because they can quickly burn, depending on how thin you cut them.
And just like that, you are done!
How to store
In general, biscotti cookies can be stored in airtight containers but they don’t need to be absolutely hermetically sealed. A slight flow of air will help them stay crispy!
Other options include glass or ceramic containers, as well as cookie tins. Placing a paper towel or napkin at the bottom can help absorb any excess moisture. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
More biscotti recipes
What’s not to love about biscotti? With crunchy additions of nuts and flavorful add-ins like dried fruit, seeds and chocolate chips, these delicious cookies are great on their own or dipped in coffee or tea.
The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my mom’s dearest friends, Nunzia. If you recall, I have already shared her recipe for thin crispy almond biscotti. That was almost three years ago! My, oh my, where does the time fly!
Since the holidays are right around the corner, I thought replacing the almonds with cranberries and pistachios would be festive. I also added some orange zest, and I decreased the total amount of flour.
Have you ever had those thinaddictives costco cookies?
Now imagine them, but made from scratch and with a perfect holiday twist!
A reader recently wrote, “these copycat cranberry thinaddictives recipes are the best homemade version I’ve tasted yet.”
These thin biscotti chips will still provide you with that crispy texture you all know and love. But when you bite into these biscotti, you will be pleasantly surprised by the perfect amount of chewiness provided by the cranberries.
As they say, betcha can’t have just one.
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Super Thin Cranberry Pistachio Italian Biscotti
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 2¾ cups flour 390 grams
- pinch salt
- zest of 1 orange
- 5 eggs separated
- 1 cup sugar granulated
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract pure
- 1½ cups pistachio nuts
- Soak the cranberries in water for about 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Position rack in the center.
- Line a baking sheet or loaf pans with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, sift flour. Add the pinch of salt and the orange zest. Combine and then set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl or bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the yolks.
- Gradually add the sugar. Whisk together for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Switch to the paddle attachment. At low speed, add flour to the egg mixture and incorporate. The mixture will look like bread crumbs. Once again, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- With a wooden spoon, incorporate the pistachios and cranberries. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl or bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they reach the stiff peak stage.
- Fold the egg whites in the flour and nut mixture.
- Divide dough into thirds. Place each third on the cookie sheet; with damp hands, shape into a log. Alternatively, divide dough in half and place in loaf pans. (9.25x5.25x2.75)
- Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or until firm to the touch (it will take a few minutes longer in the loaf pans).
- Remove from oven, wrap in clean dish towels and allow to cool down.
- Once cool, transfer loaves to cutting board.
- Using a very sharp or serrated knife, slice cookies as thin as possible, one-sixteenth of an inch is ideal.
- Place slices flat on the baking sheets and bake for about 10-15 minutes (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get). Flip the biscotti over halfway through the bake time.
- They can be stored in any container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.