cherry pistachio biscotti recipe challenge

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

As I write this, Felicia and I are eating these for a late breakfast in our hotel room. We are back to traveling for Persistiny. We gave up our office space. More on that later. These cherry pistachio biscotti are easy to make and delicious. The only thing to remember is to make sure that when you slice them they are only an inch thick or else they don’t cook evenly.

Other than that the recipe went together easy and quick. Six helped and then once again refused to eat what he made. All that advice that says getting kids in the kitchen to cook will lead them to eat does not apply to Six. I cooled all of them completely them put them in a zip top bag in the freezer. I have been happily picking at them for two weeks.

They really are tasty but not great for summer baking if heat and lack of air conditioning are an issue for you. I made these in the morning and the apartment was miserably hot all day but absolutely worth it.


  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature, one separated
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/3 cups almond meal or almond flour, such as Bob?s Red Mill
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup whole dried cherries
  • Turbinado sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon on medium speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, gradually add the 2 whole eggs, the egg yolk (reserve the egg white), and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula.

In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry mixture to the butter-sugar mixture, mixing only until combined. Scrape down the bowl and beater and make sure all the ingredients are combined. Stir in the pistachios and cherries.

Roll the dough into a ball on a well-floured board and cut in half. With floured hands, roll each piece into a cylinder about 11 inches long by 2 inches in diameter and place them 3 inches apart on the prepared sheet pan.

Place the reserved egg white in a bowl and beat with a whisk for 15 seconds. Brush the logs with the egg white (save the rest!) and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar. Bake for 45 minutes, until lightly browned (the logs will be soft). Cool for 30 minutes.

Turn the oven down to 275 degrees F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. With a serrated knife, slice the biscotti 1/2 inch thick at a full 45-degree angle. Place the slices cut-side up on the prepared sheet pans. Brush them with the egg white and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, turning each slice once, until browned and fully baked. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.

Recipe from Cooking For Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Copyright © 2016 by Ina Garten. By arrangement with Clarkson Potter/Publishers, A Division of Random House, LLC.

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