An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Tart Cherry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tart Cherry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Biscotti

No matter what time of year, this biscotti goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea, and is pretty enough to impress house guests

Every now and again, when I'm whipping up recipes in my kitchen like a mad hatter, I really impress myself. Something turns out better than I had anticipated. This, my friends, is one of those times! And I say that with the caveat of me not being a sweets person. Gimme all the chips and salsa and queso but put cookies, cake or ice cream in front of me and I won't even touch it. So for me to actually like a sweets recipe? Oh you know this tart cherry, pistachio and dark chocolate biscotti has to be good!

I think I only bake about two to three times a year, and that includes birthday cakes. I don't enjoy it. It's a science, so there's very little you can do to "play" with the recipe, as all the ingredients have to play together so that scientific responses happen, things rise, bind together, etc etc and you have a delicious final product. Bah humbug, playing by the rules of a recipe is bunk! I like to play and change things I don't like and add things I think will work better. Which is kinda funny, because I *accidentally* did that with this recipe. I kinda messed up how much baking powder went in, but I really like how it turned out!

I'm not big into making Christmas cookies (everyone gifts sweets and if you bake them too, your house is just FULL of sugar and that grosses me out over the holidays). But my husband and kids enjoy a good cookie, so I try to make one batch a year (last year was these super easy Spritz cookies, and the year before was my MIL's monster cookie recipe that I turned into a Christmas cookie). This year I'm hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas with different sets of families, and I wanted the ability to put something out in the morning that was easy. I'm NOT a morning person, so I'm not getting up early to cook anyone breakfast! But lay out some biscotti and coffee? Ok, that I can manage.

Tart Cherry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Biscotti
- 1 and 1/2 cups dried tart cherries
- 3/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 2 medium or 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup melted butter (from one stick of butter)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 and 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3oz dark chocolate bar (NOT chocolate chips - they don't melt well and contain wax)
- 1/2 cup cranberry cocktail juice

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, pour the cranberry juice over the dried cherries to reconstitute them. Set aside, and let soak for about 20 minutes. If you're an idiot like me, or can't find de-shelled pistachios, spend the next thirty minutes of your life getting each nut out of the shell. You'll never get those thirty minutes back. Be prepared for anger. Lightly chop the pistachios so that the nuts aren't too big to bit into.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Melt the butter and let cool slightly, then add to the dry ingredients. Add the egg(s). Drain the cherries, but reserve about 4-5 tablespoons of the juice and add to the mixture. Fold in the cherries and the pistachios. 

The mixture will be on the dry side, but if you grab some, it will stick together. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and form the mixture into two loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until they're just starting to turn a golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooing rack to let cool completely. Once cooled, cut into one to one and a half inch thick slices. Return to the baking sheet and bake for another 25 minutes, or until each piece is golden brown.

Once the biscotti pieces have cooled completely, melt dark chocolate in the microwave, stirring ever 15 seconds so that it doesn't burn. In my convection microwave, it took less than a minute to melt the whole bar, so be mindful! Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cooled biscotti. I placed a piece of parchment paper under the cooling rack holding the biscotti for easy clean up! Wax paper would work, too.

This is a great holiday treat to have on hand, or any time of the year when you have house guests and want a homemade treat around

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Allow the chocolate to harden completely. Store in an air-tight container; freeze in a ziplock container; or place in a gift tin to give away. Best enjoyed dipped in a cup of hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Enjoy this tart cherry pistachio & dark chocolate biscotti for a sweet treat all year round,


  1. Yes, please. These look SO SO good... but you know, I love all sweets sooooo. ;)

  2. I'm not a big biscotti fan. They are always too hard for me and I worry about breaking a tooth, ha! But I could get down with making this for company for sure. My extended family loves biscotti!

    1. The coolest thing about making it yourself is that you can control how hard it gets! Also, when it's fresh baked, it's not rock hard... That's a sign of old biscotti #yikes

  3. Yummy! I love making goodies for my friends and family for the holidays, so I'll definitely have to try them!

  4. This looks so delicious! We love biscotti in our household, and it's such a perfect treat for the holidays. xx

  5. I love making biscotti! Your delicious recipe for Tart Cherry Pistachio Dark Chocolate Biscotti is a fabulous choice for the season. I can hardly wait to whip up a batch and share it with my family and friends.

  6. Yum!!! This looks absolutely delicious! :)

  7. I love biscotti! These sound so good, and cherry and chocolate are sooo good together!

  8. This biscotti recipe looks perfect! I am going to try it next week! Saving to Pinterest--thanks!

  9. This biscotti looks absolutely amazing! I've never considered making homemade biscotti before, but I think that's about to change!

  10. this looks so good and perfect for Thanksgiving!

  11. What a delicious recipe for Chocolate Biscotti! Every Christmas I look forward to making a batch of Biscotti - and this year I will use your special recipe. I can almost taste the flavors and textures of this yummy treat.

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