Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

The addition of red cherries and green pistachios make these cookies a festive holiday treat. Cherry Pistachio Biscotti are a lovely hostess gift, too. Who wouldn’t want these crunchy, double baked biscuits to dip in their morning coffee?

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti |Terrific holiday or hostess gift

Holiday Gifts

My December is filled with days in the kitchen, stirring pots of fudge, rolling balls of cookie dough, and dusting pans of English toffee with chopped pecans. Next comes the packaging and delivery to friends and neighbors. Our kitchen perpetually smells like vanilla…and nobody has lodged one single complaint.  Besides the standards, I like to try new recipes, like these cherry pistachio biscotti. The remainder of this batch will be drizzled with white chocolate before packaging as hostess gifts. Till then, they will stay fresh in the freezer.

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti | Terrific holiday or hostess gift

What is Biscotti?

Those who frequent coffee shops may have purchased biscotti for tea or coffee dipping. The word biscotti translates to twice baked or cooked and that’s exactly how you make these crunchy little devils. They originated centuries ago in Italy; the double stint in the oven helped to dry the cookies and prolong their shelf life. The cookie dough is formed into a rectangular log and baked for about 10 minutes. Then this cookie mass is sliced while still warm  and rebaked, flipping once, so that each side is hard and crisp. I made a short version, but you can easily increase their length by patting the dough into a wider mass. Packaging this biscotti in cellophane bags with a colorful ribbon will delight any recipient’s day. Stock your freezer with some of these cookies for unexpected company or as a gift for the host or hostess of any holiday gathering.

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti | Terrific holiday or hostess gift

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

Serves 3½ dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 43 mins
Total Time 53 mins

Cherries and pistachios are festive additions to these twice baked cookies. Recipe adapted from epicurious.


  • 6 tablespoons butter,at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup pistachios
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar till well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in ginger and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt till just blended. Stir in cherries and pistachios (dough will be sticky). Dump the dough onto a floured surface and press together into a mass. Divide in half and roll each half into a 15 inch log. Flatten tops slightly to increase width of each log to about 1½ inches. Carefully transfer logs to one of the baking sheets.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes, then cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully place logs on a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut into ½-3/4 inch slices on a slight diagonal. Place slices onto the two baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 9 minutes, then flip and bake for another 9 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool.
  5. Gently melt white chocolate in the microwave, stopping to stir at 30 second increments till smooth. Add vegetable oil and stir. Scrape into a quart sized zip top bag and seal. Snip a small hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies.
  6. Let rest at room temperature till chocolate is firm.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1364kcal Calories from fat 485
% Daily Value
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 662mg 28%
Carbohydrate 200g 67%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 115g
Protein 23g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. So pretty, Liz! Love the cherry-pistachio combo and that white chocolate drizzle!

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I love biscotti Liz and honestly haven’t made it in years, think I’ll add some to the To Do list! I’m sure folks are thrilled to receive your holiday treats (I know I would be:@)

  3. Can you believe that I’ve never made biscotti before? This recipe looks so good. Now I simply must try it!

  4. Oh I do love a good biscotti, Liz. Not only do these look festive and “bright”, they would go perfectly with my morning coffee especially since today just happens to be National Cookie Day!!!

    Thanks for sharing Liz…I had better tweet these and pin them before they are all gone:)

  5. We make biscotti each year to include with our gifts, can’t wait to try this one.

  6. Liz, they look so lovely. And crystallized ginger makes these biscotti super yum!

  7. It’s an excellent idea for Christma’s gift! Love it Liz.

  8. I’ve been planning to make some biscotti since I ate the most beautiful piece last Christmas, so thanks for this! I really enjoyed reading about the history of biscotti and it’s a great tip to keep some in the freezer for gifts!

  9. Oh, now you’re talking Liz… what delicious morsels these are! xox

  10. Fabulous gift idea! Freezing them is an excellent tip. You can give them anytime and they will always have that fresh taste!

  11. Wonderful! I looooooove biscotti and cherry and pistachio seem like a great combination 🙂
    Saving the recipe

  12. I’ve been wanting to use more pistachios in my baking. Thank for the idea they look like a great indulgence.

  13. This combination in a biscotti is magical!! They are so beautifully executed too. Everything you make looks perfect!

  14. Hi Liz, these are beautiful, I would have a hard time controlling myself with a plate of these around. Pinned!

  15. Biscotti is a popular thing around my house. I love it when Liv’s girlfriends come over and they ask if we just happen to have any. For me, somehow pistachio and biscotti are a perfect combo. I’ve added cranberries, but not cherries. Brilliant!

  16. Biscotti is such a great idea for a gift! They have such longer shelf life than other desserts. Always loved biscotti but never made them myself as it seemed to be quite a daunting task for some reason. Yours are so beautiful!

  17. Yes, please! these sound wonderful, and I think they will be on my Christmas cookie platter! Thanks!

  18. I love biscotti! These look wonderful with the combo of pistachio and white chocolate.

  19. Gorgeous cookies – and perfect for a Christmas cookie plate!

  20. Hotly Spiced says:

    A kitchen that smells of vanilla! How wonderful and I wouldn’t complain if I stepped into your kitchen either. I do love biscotti; it’s a great after-dinner treat that isn’t too sweet and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. I do love how you have packaged it up for gifts and the cherry and pistachio colours and flavours are so Christmasy xx

  21. Lizzy,
    I give cookies as gifts too. Your biscotti look delicious and I’m sure everyone enjoys your gifts.

  22. A perpetual scent of vanilla is one I can definitely live with! Your biscotti are beautiful, Liz! Have you ever tried shipping biscotti? Love your tips if you do.

  23. This biscotti would be an ideal gift to get (hint hint) 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I enjoy a good piece of biscotti & I love how you’ve played with the pattern on it, Liz! Certainly looking fwd to more festive treats from you……..


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