A Last Minute Christmas Biscotti Recipe!

Whip up some delicious Christmas biscotti for the holiday!

Adding a homemade touch to your gifts can make all the difference during the Holiday Season. This Christmas-Themed Biscotti Recipe is so easy easy to whip up, which means you can save it as a last-minute to do! Each crunchy bite is speckled with sweet dried-cranberries, and green pistachios and scented with vanilla extract and lemon zest. You're family and friends will be begging you for the recipe!

What You'll Need:

(Makes a batch of 20)

  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios


Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Using a whisk, or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the lemon zest and vanilla extract. Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just incorporated.


Step 2: Fold in the dried cranberries and pistachios.


Step 3: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form the dough into a 12 inch by 5 inch rectangle. Bake in your preheated oven for 25-28 minutes or until firm to the touch, but still pale.


Step 4: Allow the log to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and keep your oven on. Transfer to a cutting board, and using a serrated knife, slice the log into 1 inch wide strips.


Step 5: Transfer the slices (on their sides') onto the same baking sheet (if all of the slices don't fit, use 2 baking sheets). Bake for 8 minutes on each side. Allow the biscotti to cool before serving or storing.


Happy Holidays!

*Tip: To make these extra festive (and sweet) you can dip the edge of each slice into melted white chocolate. Be sure to let the chocolate cool and harden completely on parchment paper before gifting!

All photography by Karen Biton-Cohen