Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Cranberry Almond Biscotti is made with fresh cranberries and bursting with holiday and fall flavors.

During the winter months, we begin baking early for Christmas in our Italian family, and this is one cookie always on the cookie tray.

If you love Italian biscotti, you came to the right place today.

We make Grandma's anise biscotti which are a must-make every year, and we often dabble in other unique flavors like pistachio almond or pumpkin pistachio or another delicious choice. She would add cherries to even give them a more festive look to the batter!

Then we move on to several other cookies like the famous Italian fudge roll cookies and then stick to some traditional ones that the kids love like snickerdoodles.

The cookies all have to have a fall and holiday flair and this year we added new cookie to the mix, banana oatmeal, they're perfect for getting rid of overripe bananas.

Everyone has a favorite and we certainly can't go without our popular sesame seed Italian Cookies, those are always a big hit.

These cranberry biscotti cookies are loaded with fresh cranberry, almond, and chocolate and are just the perfect addition to our cookie-baking days.

When it comes to Christmas, we love to decorate our cookies with the holiday theme.

I usually take some plain recipes and transform them into a festive look using frosting, fruits, and spices.

The cranberries and flavors in this cookie are just the perfect inspiration to get that Holiday spirit of baking going.

These cookies are easy to make just scroll down to print off the recipe.

these are cranberry orange almond biscotti

Italian cookies called biscotti with cranberries and orange in them and slivered almonds

Baking Biscotti

Growing up in East Utica New York, my Grandmother ( dad's mom) lived with us.

I learned to make her Rome Italy style biscotti at the very young age of 11.

Of course, helping her and watching intently, I picked up the differences in how folks like to bake their cookies.

There are a few tips I have for making and baking biscotti.

The longer you cook them, the harder they get and toasted was the way grandma made them, twice baked.

To me that is a preference, we grew up with what we refer to as dunkers. or dunking cookies, because they are so hard.

Dad dunked the cookies in his coffee to soften them every morning, the kids liked the ends they would cut off because they were softer and not toasted.

Those ends were fabulous and we gobbled them up hot as they were cut and set aside while the large cut ones were placed on the cookie sheet to be toasted.

Biscotti traditionally are twice baked, but you have to like the style and texture, so adapt them to how you prefer your cookies, if you don't like hard cookies, baked them until lightly browned to stay soft.

You can also make the lemon polenta style biscotti which stays somewhat softer and a totally different version.

They certainly are delicious just baked once or twice!

Great for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday.

these are cranberry almond orange cookie with fresh cranberries on the plate and more in the background. An italian biscotti

A Great Combination of Flavors!

I love using fresh cranberries plus they are so pretty to decorate and bake with.

Their flavor just brings out the holiday colors with the season.

The tart and sweet flavors with the chocolate make these cookies have the perfect balance of flavors and so decadent and delicious.

Cranberries, almonds, and chocolate are a winner together.

this is the dough on a silpat mat for cranberry orange biscotti cookies before baking

Tips on this Cookie Batter

The batter is very thick but sticky.

Refrigerate the batter or let it sit for at least 1 hour to absorb the flour mixture.

It will be easier to work with.

I also like to cool the cookies slightly before cutting, they really get hot and you can get burned on the fresh berries.

The cookies are easier to cut on a cutting board and baked on parchment paper.

Use floured hands to mold into logs before baking.

these are the ingredients that will go into making orange, cranberry almond biscotti

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Cranberry Almond Biscotti

  • light olive oil or butter
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • freshly chopped cranberries or use dried cranberries
  • mini white chocolate chips
  • slivered almonds
  • grated orange peel

cranberry orange biscotti cookies before baking mixed in a tupperware bowl

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Jam filled bow ties
Almond Paste dipped crescent cookies
Macadamia chip
Cherry Almond

this is fresh cranberries being rinsed before chopping

Italian Cookies

These biscotti are not usual.

There are many flavor combinations to make these twice-baked cookies.

The family all love every flavor of biscotti, we are used to the original flavor of anisette which is the traditional flavor.

We love lemon, maple, orange, cinnamon sugar and so many more options you can create!

More Cookies We Love

Grandma's Biscotti Recipe
All Souls Day Cookies
Authentic Amaretti Cookies
Soft Cutout Italian Cookies
pumpkin biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti Pin for later

these are cranberry orange biscotti sliced on a cookie sheet

Fall Cookies!

These cranberry almond biscotti have a little cinnamon on top for a little fall spiced up flavor.

I just love these cookies and they go great with espresso coffee.

If you love fall flavors, this cookie has them all and so much more.

It's sure is a pretty cookie to add to your cookie tray and bursting with fresh homemade festive colors.

Be sure to bake them twice so you get the full benefits of a true Italian biscotti.

These will win the hearts of many!

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Yield: 30
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 33 Mtotal time: 48 M
This is a holiday Italian cookie that just shouts fall. It has fresh cranberry, almonds, and orange with a hint of cinnamon sugar on top. Perfect for any holiday cookie trays.


  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or melted butter 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, almond or anisette 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cranberries, rinsed and blotted dry or use dried cranberries 
  • 1/4 cup chocolate or chopped white chocolate chips or both!
  • 1 cup slivered almonds 
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 
  • Topping Optional Garnish: granulated sugar mixed with cinnamon or allspice or drizzle with a thin icing made with powdered sugar and water over the top


How to cook Cranberry Almond Biscotti

  1. Preheat oven to 300, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oil( or butter) and sugar until well combined. Add vanilla, then beat in the
  3. eggs.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder Stir gradually into the egg mixture.
  5. Fold in cranberries, peel, chocolate, (or other mix-ins you prefer), and nuts. 
  6. The batter will be heavy and sticky. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes
  7. Mold dough into 4 or 5 logs (6 x 2 inches app.). Place on cookie sheet.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or more until brown on top.
  10. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 275 degrees.
  11. Then cut with a sharp serrated-edged knife on the diagonal into 3/4-inch slices. Lay slices on the side back on to the cookie sheets and
  12. bake until browned on both sides flipping once.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. This is one of my favorite biscotti for autumn. I am going to be using yours for Thanksgiving!

  2. These biscotti look great, vaguely resembling "cantucci". I never found fresh cranberries, but I love the dried ones. I note the recipe, I want to try them :) Thanks for sharing, have a good we

  3. Love your cranberry biscotti. I'm gonna have to start baking biscotti for Thanksgiving. I have so many different kind of biscotti recipe, but do not have a good cranberry.
    Thanks for sharing...bookmarking this to make:DDD

  4. I love biscotti.And I am not the only one.I always have a jar on the kitchen bench filled.Great recipe;)

  5. ciao Pegasus!!!
    ottima ricetta!!!
    Buon weekend ^_________^

  6. Since we all are going to start having more and more hot beverages, this is a perfect snack!
    I like the fact that these have fresh cranberries in them-yum! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Do you have a turkey and dressing biscotti recipe, then we can have the whole meal? :-) The biscotti sounds really good.

  8. How delicious looking. It looks perfectly crisp! And the almonds and cranberries together. Mmmmm!

    Pinned for memory. Not to mention it's an awesome photo!

  9. Perfect with a cup of coffee. Love the flavor combo. Yummy!

  10. I never met a biscotti I didn't like. Sure wish I had a few of these to go with my chai.

  11. I have not made biscotti in a long time and as I marvel at yours I wonder why? I really like it, enjoy it with coffee, love the crunch and your flavors are just outstanding.... I think you have change my mind, again... Hope you are going to get some time to enjoy the season but I know it is your busiest, like ours, in retail and serving the public = it ain't always so much fun when you're missing the fun of holidays.... thinking of you Claudia, and hope you do enjoy your time with family, cherish the moments as they come...

  12. Dear Claudia, I am so happy to be visiting with you. Thank you for your visits.
    These biscotti look so festive and delicious for a holiday table. I would very much love to dip these treasures in a good cup of coffee. Thank you my dear friend for all of your kindness. Blessings, Catherine xo

  13. I never used fresh cranberries in biscotti - always dried! I bet they are out of this world delicious!

  14. Another winner, Claudia! I love biscotti, but like the previous poster, I've never used fresh in them...just dried. Terrific recipe and Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. this looks wonderful lovely colour with the cranberry

  16. Love this biscotti! I've never tried it with cranberries!

  17. I've been looking for recipes that call for fresh cranberries, and I just couldn't find any that really appealed to me. I saw this and it really caught my eye. It looks wonderful, something I can totally see my mom obsessing over once I make it! Thanks for the great recipe, have an awesome Thanksgiving week!

  18. I'm definitely stocking up on my cranberries for the season - this will totally be one of the recipes I do when I get to using them!

  19. Sounds like the perfect holiday biscotti!

  20. These look delicious and I would definitely dip them in some white chocolate.

  21. I am a crazy fan of Biscottis. buzzed you.

  22. Omg this is wicked good. I love it. Brilliant Claudia. Congrats on top 9!

  23. Not just with tea or coffee... these look sensational and dunked in some Italian sweet wine at the end of a Thanksgiving meal....? Cheers!

  24. These cranberry biscotti are gorgeous, dotted with the cranberries. I can see these on my cookie tray, now!

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  25. What wonderful flavors you have in these crunchy cookie! Cranberry anything does it for me... these would really top off my Thanksgiving menu. Thank you!

  26. Congrats on making T9! This biscotti looks perfect with an espresso or a cup of tea. Reminds me that I really should give biscotti a try.

  27. This was for sure to come on Top9 Congratulations!

  28. I can't wait to try to make this! They look so delicious!

  29. I love biscotti and this recipe looks easy and packed with wonderful flavors! Thank you for sharing!

  30. I love biscotti! I've never made them with cranberries though- this sounds like such a great idea!

  31. I love biscotti. They are crunchy and low sugar, and with all that cranberries they taste like holiday dream!

  32. Those look delicious! I’ve tried making biscotti once and they just fell apart. Haha. You’re encouraging me to try again!

  33. These just look so so good! I am yet to attempt biscotti at home but your recipe sure makes me want to try

  34. I love biscotti so much. It's perfect with a hot drink, and I love the snap!

  35. I love biscotti and I have made it with almonds. Love the addition of cranberries in the recipe, perfect for the season. Delicious

  36. Love biscotti but have not made any myself in years. This cranberry and almond sure sounds perfect for the season. Saving this for later.

  37. Cranberry is such a great Fall and Holiday ingredient. I love the color and the taste. We love collecting biscotti recipes - we give them as gifts for Christmas. I now have another to add to my collection.

  38. I love making biscotti during the cold-weather months. This treat is perfect when dipped into hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe!

  39. I never used fresh cranberries in biscotti. Can't wait to try it! They look amazingly delicious.

  40. This is a beautiful biscotti, Claudia, and your photos are mouthwatering! YUM!!

  41. Oh my gosh, I haven't made biscotti in so long, that I'd forgotten how delicious it is! Love the cranberry and almond combo in this!

  42. I love Biscotti, this looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are enjoying the week and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  43. I see the orange peel and also the slivered almonds and chocolate BUT I DO NOT see them listed anywhere in the recipe to be added.... please advise as I am on the way to grocery to make when I get back... thanks


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