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white chocolate cranberry biscotti

I told you all about my holiday cookie boxes -- now I get to tell you about all of the goodies that I stuffed inside of them.  Get ready for an overload of cookie recipes in the next few days (I owe it to you after being MIA for the last two weeks). 

In the past, I would have never ordered biscotti at a coffee shop.  Why would I choose a hard, crunchy cookie wrapped in plastic when I could have a warm slice of banana bread, or a delicious   slice of blueberry coffee cake? This recipe has entirely changed my views on biscotti. These are not the brick-like, tooth-breaking, stale biscotti that may come to mind. These are buttery, vanilla-y, and pure heaven when sitting alongside a dark, rich cup of coffee.

I made these for my friend Grace who loves the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere.  Emily Schuman (the genius behind Cupcakes and Cashmere) wrote that these were one of her favorite things to have with afternoon tea.  She makes hers with almonds and orange liqueur.  To make mine more festive for the holidays, I substituted white chocolate and cranberries for the orange zest and liqueur.  Grace, just like Emily Schuman, has a great sense of style. I am always jealous of her classic, stylish ensembles.  She loves J. Crew, and Tory Burch.  She even has a job at a classy, menswear store in the area.  Biscotti are the classiest of cookies (even the name "biscotti" sounds so sophisticated!) -- so I knew they would be just perfect for my amazing, stylish friend, Grace. Watch out, because she just may be the next "Cupcakes and Cashmere" (she even has Emily's long blonde hair!).

With love,

White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped or sliced almonds
1 large egg white

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, and vanilla extract in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds, white chocolate chips, and cranberries.
Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.
Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool.
Do ahead: Can be prepared one week ahead, though mine have kept even longer. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


  1. Your cookie boxes look delectable! My winter break doesn't start until Friday, but I will have time to bake tomorrow night. You have inspired me with so many ideas for edible treats for my teachers.

    A random question: is that coffee mug from a breakfast restaurant in Northern California? I went to First Awakenings when I was in Carmel and had one of the best breakfasts ever! I was just curious... :)

    1. Thank you so much! I would love to see what you end up making for your teachers! Yes! We went to NoCal for summer break this past summer. We went to First Awakenings AT LEAST 3 times -- those were some of the best breakfasts I have had in my life (and I take breakfast quite seriously!)

    2. What a coincidence! I had the BEST egg white omelette with feta, tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach there. Their english muffins are incredible. My mom had a walnut raisin pancake the size of her plate; it was fluffy as a cloud. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day too but I rarely venture out of my routine at home. First Awakenings had so many dishes that I wanted to try!

    3. Ohhhh that sounds delicious! I loved the (huge) pancakes -- I did a post on it here if you are interested!


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