Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lavender Biscotti with Pistachio and Cranberries


Recently, there were many “first” in my life and in my kitchen.  I had my very first time going back to school as a Mom, and it felt amazing because my little boy smiled, not cried; my first time baking Brioche and adored the perfect imperfection; my first time making Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival and they turned out beautiful... surprisingly; and now, first time baking with lavender and I felt in love with the scent and aroma of these little flowers.


I guess these are the reasons why I love trying new things so much. Weather it’s cooking with a new ingredient, tasting a new cuisine from an exotic country, or engaging in a new adventure or activity, the end result could be amazing and full of surprises.  Just like how these Lavender Biscotti with Pistachio and Cranberries turned out.  I didn’t expect them to be so amazing until the very first bite.  The aroma just filled all my senses and I found myself going back for more, helplessly.


These little flower buds added a wonderful floral and slightly sweet flavor to the biscotti.  The biscotti got the perfect crunch and crumbling texture and are perfect for dunking.  I love the nutty flavor from the pistachio and the slightly sweet and tang flavors from the dried cranberries.  I paired the biscotti with a cup of lavender and chamomile tea.  This afternoon tea just left me feeling relax and let me slow down a bit to enjoy my quiet afternoon a little longer.  It’s always nice to be able to slow down in our life every once in a while to unwind.


If you’re looking for a new and exotic recipe to try, search no more.  I’m sure you’ll love this recipe. With the holiday season approaching, I think theses biscotti would be a lovely addition to your holiday cookies to share with friends and family or as gift-giving. I would certainly add this to my list. 


These Lavender Biscotti filled with Pistachio and Cranberries are certainly festive for the holiday seasons! I'm submitting this to the Holiday Recipe Swap. Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Chicago Metallic.

Lavender Biscotti with Pistachio and Cranberries:
Makes 24
Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon dried lavender (I got mine from Asian Supermarket, also available online here)
Zest of 1/2 a lemon, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat, set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed, cream the sugar, butter, lavender, lemon zest, and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.  Turn mixer to low, add the flour mixture slowly until just combined. Fold in the pistachios and cranberries with a rubber spatula.

Slightly flour both hands, transfer the dough onto the prepared baking sheet.  Form the dough into a log.  Approximately 14-inch in length and 3-inch in width. Bake for 35 minutes or until light golden on the edges. Let it cool on a wiring rack for 30 minutes.

Transfer the log onto the cutting board. With a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2-inch thick slices. Return biscotti to the same baking sheet, arrange the biscotti cut side down. Bake the biscotti for another 15 minutes or until they are pale golden. Transfer the biscotti to a wiring rack and let them cool completely.


  1. Love that hint of lavender - just perfect for tea time.

  2. Ooo! Lovely! I loved baking with lavendar last year. Now that I have this recipe, I'll go get some more. Yum!

  3. Thank you, Belinda and Erika. I came across some fellow blogger's site that many of you were NOT able to leave comments even with Blogger signed-in. I heard the solution is to use Google Chrome as your browser instead of Internet Explorer or Firefox. Hope that works.


  4. I love the smell of lavender. Always makes me feel like I'm at a spa. I bet these cookies would make me feel pretty relaxed, too. ;)

  5. Absolutely delightful Amy! Beautiful treats and beautiful photo's too!

    Thanks also for the tips about comments! xoxo

  6. I fell in love with lavender while living abroad. I use it in all manner of preserves, syrups, and such but have never thought about using it in biscotti. This is on my to do list for today. Thanks for sharing! P.S. Your pictures are beautiful.

  7. What a fantastic addition to biscotti. As always, your photos look fabulous!

  8. Hi Amy.
    I'm not usually a biscotti fan, but those sound good and looked lovely wrapped with the pretty ribbon:)

  9. What visually beautiful post. Come over and visit. We have a wonderful waffle recipe today.

  10. I love the smell of lavender and it's so pretty -I just wish I coud eat it! Something about lavender, rosewater, et al, that I can't get into. However, I don't think I could resist your beautiful biscotti. I just want a bite -a taste, and I bet it might hook me, like cilantro did :) Gorgeous photos!

  11. This looks so good, Amy.your presentation and photos are fabulous....Christine

  12. These look so pretty! & delicious! I am also going to take a look at your other "first posts" :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  13. What a fantastic combination! I grow some lavender each year and never thought to use it in biscotti - will have to give this a try! Thank you for sharing!

  14. I haven't been in the mood of cookie making lately. Hopefully, I'll get some done some day.

  15. I can only imagine how incredible your kitchen smelled while these were baking. They are so pretty too! I will definitely make these and yes, I think they would be wonderful gifts.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Amy,
    I love Biscotti and the combination of the Lavender and Pistachio is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. This is wonderful! I baked it on Saturday but without the lavender since I don't have it and I brought to my friend's house where we had small group fellowship. My friends said they were even better than they bought from the grocery stores. Next time I will include the lavender and see the difference, I think it will even be better. Thanks for your fantastic recipe.

  18. @ Christina: I'm glad you and your friends like the recipe. The lavender really adds a nice floral flavor to these biscotti. Hope you'll try that next time and let me know how they turn out. :)


  19. I've never made biscotti before, but have been aching to try. Seems like a perfect recipe for me to try out, thanks!

  20. I finally tried these. I loved them! Just posted: http://lifestooshorttoskipdessert.blogspot.com/2013/02/lavender-biscotti-with-dried-cherries.html
    I made mine with dried cherries.