Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti

When these cranberry almond biscottis are baking in the oven, it feels like Christmas is around the corner. That undeniable sweet smell of butter, sugar and dried nuts just makes you thankful for family, friends and everything nice that’s going on with you. 

Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
If you love strong black coffee as much as I do, then make yourself a strong cup…, wear your softest (even if its baggy and ready to retire) pajamas, start the fireplace (I love fireplaces so much so that, I can actually start them as soon as I wake up, play some Sinatra or Doris Day, stay in those comfy pajamas with messy hair and drink coffee non-stop) and go on enjoying these crisp and buttery Cranberry -Almond Vanilla Biscotti’s by dunking them into your cup of coffee. And, they are meant to be enjoyed like that. Back in days, they were dipped into sweet wines.

Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
I like my Biscotti’s either Chocolate or Plain. I like them Flaky. I like them crumbly and a little hard and I definitely like them with lots and lots of almonds and pistachios in them. 

I know there are a lot of flavors that can be added to your biscotti’s starting from orange zest to chocolate chips…, but I know how I like them and that’s the way I bake them. I keep it simple – flour, salt, eggs, sugar, and butter. More than likely you already have these ingredients in your pantry.

Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
I like my baked goods look sophisticated. If something does not look very appealing to my eyes, I will probably not eat it. I like dainty looking mini cheesecakes or evenly cut loaf breads or petit croissants or any desserts that scream European by the look of it. And, Biscotti always struck me as an elegant yet easy dessert.

I have a thing for bakeries and cafes. I feel at home when I enter a bakery and I tend to overindulge.

I went to Sonoma with my husband yesterday to celebrate our anniversary and more than wine tasting, all I wanted to do was to line up in front of the Bouchon Bakery and buy the whole store out. I bought macaroons, mini bouch de noels and two chocolate dipped biscotti’s. The biscotti were half gone by the time my coffee arrived., the taste still lingers.

Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
A dessert hog that I’m, I went to work soon after. Reached home and baked a batch of Biscotti’s. By the way, this is the third batch in last one month. The first batch that I made, it didn’t meet my expectations. The second batch were made as a revision and brought to work for a potluck and the third batch happened last night.

Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Vanilla Biscotti

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 TBSP semolina
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cups almonds chopped
  • 1 cups dried cranberries
  • Couple drops of rose syrup (if you have any) or else use 1 TSP vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, semolina and salt in a bowl.
  • Beat sugar, butter, 2 eggs and Rose syrup or vanilla extract until well blended.
  • Mix in flour mixture, then dried cranberries and almonds.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Shape each piece into 2 1/2-inch-wide, 9 1/2-inch-long, 1-inch-high log.
  • Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet with enough space between them
  • Bake logs until golden brown for about 30 minutes and Cool completely
  • Using a serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same sheet. Bake 10 minutes until they turn golden brown.

Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

64 thoughts

  1. I love biscotti! I’ve always had mine with tea, so when you said you have yours with coffee, I thought “how odd”, lol! I’ll be trying this, I haven’t made biscotti in a while, so it’s probably about time!

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  2. First, can I just tell you how happy I am that it’s snowing on your page!!!! These biscotti look so yummy. I’ve tried to make them once before, so pretty much, I’m a pro and ready to try these ones! HA! Thanks for this recipe, definitely pinning.

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  3. Mmmm I love almond flavored treats! And they addition of cranberry makes it super festive and perfect for holiday gifts!

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  4. These look heavenly! I love a good cup of coffee too – I’ll have to make up some of these one weekend to share with my kids. Maybe they can dunk into hot chocolate instead.


  5. How I love your suggestion of a strong cup of coffee, wearing your softest retiree pajamas, start a fireplace and a background music of Sinatra. I already can imagine a winter day in a cozy environment like this.

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  6. Going to Aish’s house is on my bucket list! Do I love coffee,,,umm yes. The Biscotti looks scrumptious


  7. These look absolutely delicious. All my favorite ingredients, cranberries, vanilla, and almonds. I’ve never thought of making biscottis before. I’ll give these a go!!

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