25 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts: This traditional Italian “cookie” is meant to be dry and dunked in your hot coffee or tea.

Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts by FamilySpice.com

I’m feeling a bit ambitious. I mean, it’s not like I need to add more work to my plate, but I decided last night to really kick it up a notch this month! Why not? It’s the holidays, right? So, like what you see in the magazines and other fantastic websites and blogs, I am going to feature a new cookie for 25 Days of Cookies! And to kick it off, especially after Thanksgiving and too much to eat, I’m featuring Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts!

Biscottis are not your typical cookie. They tend to be dry and BIG! But, that just makes them perfect for dunking: in your coffee, in your tea, in your milk…. I was surprised to see that my kids liked these. Of course, they are sweet and have chocolate: NO BRAINER!

And, because they aren’t super sugary, biscotti’s are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar. Make the recipe your own by choosing your own favorite combination of nuts and dried fruit.

Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts by FamilySpice.com

Biscottis aren’t too difficult to bake and don’t require much fuss to decorate. You roll the dough into a log, bake it once, let it cool, cut into smaller pieces and then bake again. You can drizzle your biscotti with white chocolate if you want, but I like the way the macadamia nuts & cranberries are the star of the show.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries & Macadamia Nuts

This traditional Italian "cookie" is meant to be dry. It's best dunked in your hot coffee or tea! Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cranberries, dried
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together:
    • 2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
    • 1/8 tsp salt
  3. Stir in:
    • 1 cup macadamia nuts , coarsely chopped
    • 1 cup cranberries, dried
  4. In another bowl, whisk together until smooth:
    • 3 eggs, large
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. Whisk in one-third of the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
  6. Using a scraper, stir in the remaining flour mixture and mix well.
  7. Lightly dust a work surface with flour.
  8. Turn the dough on the surface and knead the dough for a few minutes.
  9. Shape the dough into a log about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide.
  10. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.
  12. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  13. Using a serrated knife, slice the bread diagonally into 1/4-inch slices.
  14. Place the slices on the baking sheet.
  15. Bake for an additional 12-14 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  16. Remove from the oven and cool completely a second time on a cooling rack.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Change it up and use your favorite nut and dried fruit combination!

Prep Time:

Yield: 48 cookies

Cook Time:

Total Time:

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One Response to 25 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Biscotti with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

  1. "pup" at #

    This sounds delicious! I have been on a cranberry kick lately.. and who doesn't love Macadamia nuts!?!?!
    These look great!! Looking forward to the future posts!! I love Christmas!!

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