Edible Gifts // White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

white chocolate cranberry biscotti / a thousand threads
When it comes to holiday hostess gifts, you really can’t go wrong with biscotti.

Add some good coffee beans to the mix and I don’t know about you, but you’ve definitely made my day.

… and with chewy red cranberries and creamy white chocolate, this particular recipe fits the occasion just right!

What are some of your favorite holiday hostess gifts to give? I always love to give food, but we fall back on wine a lot too.

white chocolate cranberry biscotti / a thousand threads
White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti
Adapted from Bon Appétit

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
1 egg white
6 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker’s), chopped, or white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl; whisk to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, 2 eggs and almond extract in large bowl until well blended. Mix in flour mixture, then dried cranberries. Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, 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, spacing evenly. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush egg white glaze on top and sides of each log.
Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 35 minutes. Cool completely on sheet on rack. Maintain oven temperature. Transfer logs to work surface. Discard parchment. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same sheet. Bake 10 minutes; turn biscotti over. Bake until just beginning to color, about 5 minutes. Transfer biscotti to rack.
Stir chocolate in top of double boiler over simmering water until smooth. Remove from over water. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over biscotti. Let stand until chocolate sets, about 30 minutes. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Freeze in airtight container. Thaw at room temperature.)

white chocolate cranberry biscotti / a thousand threads
P.S. In case you missed it, you can see all of the details on this particular hostess gift here!


  1. Posted November 14, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Mmm that looks so delicious! and i love how easy your recipes always are!

  2. Posted November 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Mmm, those look delicious. I made toffee one year, which was a huge hit, and canned carmel sauce another year which also went over well – besides those, wine has always been my go to as well!

  3. Posted November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I love these! Every holiday I make up a big batch of salted caramels, but I can rarely part with them as presents!

  4. Victoria | Oh So Pretty
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I buy these all the time! Would love to start making them myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Laicie!

  5. Posted November 18, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    This looks SO good, Laicie! I love cranberries in anything, and mixed with white chocolate?! yum! I love giving treats for the holidays, too! If I have time to make something, I’ll give that, or just like you, I fall back on giving a bottle of wine and fancy chocolates or something 😉

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