Homemade biscotti is so easy that you'll want to make it all the time! Cranberry almond biscotti is the perfect thing to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee.
Make a big batch of almond cranberry biscotti and give it away as a homemade gift for the holidays or serve it at a family Christmas breakfast.
Very few flavors are as easily associated with winter as cranberries. You eat cranberries for Thanksgiving and add them fruit cake for Christmas. Maybe it’s the cheerful red colors that make everyone think of Christmas, but when you add cranberries to your recipes, they automatically fit into your holiday plans.
What Is A Biscotti
The word “biscotti” actually comes from the Latin word,“biscoctus” which means“baked twice.” This is exactly how a biscotti is made!
Unlike many other confections/cookies, a biscotti must be first baked to set, then cut and finally baked one more time to get it to its final texture.
Biscotti is a really crispy breadstick that you can make in a bunch of different flavors.
Difference Between Italian and American Biscotti
Italian biscotti is what I made in this recipe. It’s crispy most people dunk it into their coffee to make it easier to chew.
American biscotti is softer and chewier. It tastes more like a cookie than a crunchy breadstick.
What You Need
Here is what you will need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Vegetable Oil
- Granulated Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Dried Cranberries
- Slivered Almonds
Should Biscotti Have Butter?
It all depends on your personal taste! I love adding either butter or vegetable oil because it gives my biscotti a softer texture.
However, if you are up for a crunchier, more traditional biscotti, then I highly suggest you omit that fat content.
Why did my Homemade Biscotti Crack?
When it comes to baking, it’s all about temperature! After baking your biscotti for the first round, allow it to cool before cutting. This can help with its texture and avoid any sort of cracking/breakage.
Other Flavor Variations
What other types of biscotti can you make? There are so many different flavors! Try any of these ideas below:
- Chocolate Chips
- Cranberry Orange Biscotti
- Classic Almond Biscotti
- Lemon Pistachio Biscotti
- Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti
- Peppermint Biscotti
How To Eat Biscotti
Most people like to serve biscotti with a hot cup of coffee, a latte, or some tea. Some people even enjoy dunking their biscotti into the coffee so it’s easier to eat.
Store the baked biscotti in an airtight container or food storage bag at room temperature. It will stay fresh for about a week.
You can also freeze biscotti. Keep it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to six months.
Cranberry Almond Biscotti
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 Eggs
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
- 3/4 cup Slivered Almonds
- Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
- Cream together oil, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and combine thoroughly.
- Carefully fold in cranberries and almonds.
- Divide dough into two and shape into logs (each log should be about 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 1 inch thick). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Slice diagonally and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes.
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