Cranberry Walnut Biscotti Dipped in Orange Zest White Chocolate

Technically, winter is still here and I am really enjoying my early mornings with coffee in hand and snuggling a warm blanket while watching the morning news. To make my morning even more enjoyable, I decided to make some holiday inspired biscotti with a citrus touch. Now, I have never made biscotti before but I have always watched my mom make it for the various Christmas or holiday parties we attended throughout the years. I thought I would give biscotti a try by using up some of our leftover holiday favorites: dried cranberries and walnuts. This is the perfect combo for the most addicting breakfast/dessert cookie! To top it off, I generously dipped these cookies into an orange zest white chocolate mixture to give it some ZING! 

Cranberry Walnut Biscotti Dipped in Orange Zest White Chocolate

Welcome to biscotti land.

Welcome to biscotti land.

Ingredients:

  • powdered sugar, for rolling
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • hot water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For topping:

  • 1 (11-ounce) bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cranberries and cranberry juice and add hot water, covering the cranberries completely. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger and salt.
  4. Drain the cranberries in the sink. 
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. Add to flour mixture. Stir in cranberries and walnuts until dough forms.
  6. Scrape the dough on a lightly powdered sugared countertop or surface and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a log shape. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Place 2 logs on each baking sheet, inches apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until logs feel firm. Let logs cool for 8 minutes. 
  8. When cooled, cut logs into 1/2 inch slices with a serrated knife.
  9. Lay slices out on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Cool completely. 
  10. While biscotti is cooling, prepare melted white chocolate. Microwave white chocolate with coconut oil for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds, or until white chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in orange zest.
  11. Once biscotti is cooled, dip each slice into melted white chocolate and place on prepared baking sheet. Place in fridge for 30-40 minutes or until chocolate is hard. Enjoy!
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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be