Christmas biscotti with cranberries and pistachios

Christmas biscotti with cranberries and pistachios

By 18/12/2017

This year we are not going to Italy for Christmas as we decided to spend it quietly at home and to take it easy for the first time. I feel like a need to relax in the comfort of my own home this year, watching the children opening their presents, cooking nice food and meeting close friends.

Christmas in Italy can be very hectic indeed. You will find it incredible how much Italians actually eat, and not just on Christmas day, there is new year's eve with a "cenone", a really big and slow dinner which carries on until midnight; there is new year's day when you have a nice meal with the extended family and then Epiphany of course, where, at least in the region of Friuli, on the night of the 5th, gathered around a bonfire, we drink mulled wine and have a special spiced cake called pinza and on the 6th we have another meal with the extended family. Also on the 6th the "Befana" comes: an old lady who brings sweeties to the children, so another exciting thing for the children to look forward to. Not bad eh?

Not bad at all, but instead of packing my bags this year I have been having more time for baking and as I am growing more and more fond of spices I have made Italian Christmas cantucci biscotti. I made traditional cantucci (or biscotti) before and also chocolate cantucci too. I love this type of biscuit so much, it is perfect for dipping and it is incredibly moreish.

There is some sort of comfort in having spices in the winter: they are soothing, they warm you up and they can add so much flavour to your bakings. I am totally in love with my cinnamon Christmas biscotti. To the traditional recipe I have added pistachios, cranberries, citrus zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. They will be perfect for serving after the Christmas meal dipped in sweet dessert wine!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes
  • Yield : 40



Put the, flour, the baking powder, the eggs, the sugar, the softened butter, the vanilla, the orange and lemon zest and the spices in a bowl and mix well. Add the nuts and the cranberries and combine well.

Put the mixture on your work top and working with your hands combine the ingredients forming a long sausage, add extra flour if the mixture feels too sticky. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Put the pastry on a sheet of greased baking tray and bake at 180C or 350F for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven, wait for the pastry to cool down for a couple of minutes (enough for you to be able to handle it), then with a sharp serrated knife slice  the log diagonally 1 cm or 0.4 inch thick (you can use a teatowel to hold the log if you like). Place the biscuits on the baking tray and toast them for about 2 minutes each side.

Let them cool down and enjoy! They last very well stored in an airtight container for at least 3 weeks.

Check out my video on how to make them.


Christmas biscotti with cranberries and nuts

Christmas spiced cantucci biscotti with nuts and cranberries

Christmas spiced cantucci biscotti with nuts and cranberries

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21 Responses to Christmas biscotti with cranberries and pistachios

  1. mimi rippee

    Beautiful biscotti! I love that you used pistachios and almonds!

    • Alida

      A twist to the classic. I love anything with cinnamon.

  2. Lorelle

    Ahhhh, cranberries and pistachios, very festive indeed. Love it. Xx

    • Alida

      Thanks Lorelle. They went ever so quickly. More baking on the way..

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    So yummy! I always love this Italian classic. Yours with holiday flavour looks fantastic, Alida.

    • Alida

      The classics are always the winners. I agree

  4. speedy70

    MOlto golosi, adoro i pistacchi, brava!!!!

    • Alida

      Ci stanno proprio bene in questi biscotti devo dire.

  5. Vorrei Alma

    This biscotti has become a Christmas tradition at my house since I first made it many years ago. They are so good that I sometimes have to make a double batch so I have enough to give away to everyone who asks for them.

    • Alida

      I understand you perfectly. It is just the same over here!

  6. gloria

    I love biscottis always, these looks wonderful Alida.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas with all yours!

    • Alida

      Buon natale anche a te cara

  7. Diana Lopes

    These biscottis look super delicious! And also very festive for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alida

      Thanks Diana

  8. La cucina di Molly

    Buonissimi questi cantucci, adoro le mandorle e i pistacchi, devo provarli! Colgo l’occasione per farti gli auguri di un sereno Natale, baci!

    • Alida

      Grazie anche a te cara. Passalo bene in famiglia.

  9. Agness of Run Agness Run

    Such an easy, simple and yet palatable recipe, Alida. I love the combination of the nutrient-dense ingredients. 😉

    • Alida

      They are quite interesting these biscuits, I almost prefer them to the traditional recipe.

    • Alida

      Thank you Karen

  10. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I love good crisp biscotti. Delicious and perfectly seasonal. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Alida. x

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