Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

  • Details
  • Related Items

cranberry pistachio biscottiSara Moulton made Christmas Cookies on Good Morning America in 2001. These are wonderfully crunchy with a tart burst of cranberry in each bite. While these were made and promoted as a Christmas Cookie, I think they are great all year round. In myMid-CenturyHome we always get an extra bag or 2 of fresh cranberries during the season and freeze for use later in the year when we can’t get fresh.


1½ cups dried cranberries (about 1/4 pound)
2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup, salted and shelled natural pistachios
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of water to make egg wash


1. Soak cranberries in boiling hot water to cover in a small bowl until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and then pat dry with paper towels.

2. Preheat oven to 325° F. Butter and flour a large baking sheet, knocking off excess flour.

3. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda and powder in a large bowl with an electric mixer at moderate speed until combined well. Add eggs and vanilla and beat just until a dough forms. Add cranberries and pistachios and mix at a low speed.

4. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead several times. Halve the dough and form each half into a a 13 – by 2-inch slightly flattened log on a baking sheet, using floured hands, and spacing logs about 3 inches apart. Brush logs with egg wash.

5. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown – 25 to 30 minutes. Cool logs on baking sheet on a rack for 10 minutes. Transfer onto cutting board and cut diagonally into ½ inch thick slices with a serrated knife. Arrange slices, cut side down, in one layer on a baking sheet (don’t worry if slices touch each other). Bake in the middle of the oven, turning once, for 20 to 25 minutes total.

Recipe courtesy of Gourmet magazine, 2001

Tater Tots 'n Cheese

Tater Tot ‘n Cheese Bake

Emeril Lagasse loves cooking with kids and kids love making a great recipe then eating it. Try this easy Tater Tots ‘n Cheese Bake with your kids. Ingredients 2 teaspoons butter 2 eggs 2 cups …

Orange Dream Mimosa

Orange Dream Mimosas

What a great way to start a lazy, sunny, Sunday morning or a brunch with overnight guests. Ingredients 8 cups chilled Champagne 2 cups orange sherbet 1 cup whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks 8 mint sprigs 2 tangerines …

Hot Mayonnaise Glazed Scallops

Hot Mayonnaise Glazed Scallops

A great special occasion hor d’oeuvre from Chef and author, Emeril Lagasse, during a 1999 appearance on Good Morning America. Ingredients for Scallops 12 large scallop shells (available at gourmet stores) (or) 24 small scallop …

Bar Nuts from Union Square Cafe

Union Square Café Bar Nuts

These nuts won The New York Press award for “best bar nuts in New York.” Every afternoon at about 4:45, a piping hot batch emerges from the ovens at Union Square Café and is sent …

Spices & Marinades

Cuban Adobo

Adobo is used in one form or another throughout the Spanish Caribbean. But nowhere does it play as central a role as it does in the cooking of Cuba. There aren’t many Cuban dishes – …