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Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti

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Just let me tell you something real quick.

Whole wheat cranberry dark chocolate biscotti with flecks of orange zest, raw honey in place of sugar, and a generous drizzle of dark chocolate are sitting nice and pretty on my plate (ahem, hand) this morning, and with that, it feels very very verrrry good to be home.

Even though our house is crazy and we don't have a kitchen right now other than a few small appliances - holla to the rice cooker - sitting on a workbench in the basement, I wanted to get things all nice and homey + cozy right off the bat with something biscotti-delicious that could be soaked in a steaming hot mug of very strong coffee. Because home is where the heart is, and the heart is where the coffee flows freely, and no one passes judgement when you a) wear your hair in a high messy bun for the 800th day in a row, and b) dunk and devour your third biscotti of the morning just because you happened to be walking by the plate and the chocolate zigzags were officially more than you could handle. It's magnetic or something. Science.

I will admit, though: the coffee also flowed very freely on our trip last week, and I did eat more than my fair share of eggs benedict -> every time, you guys. every time. So maybe our travels on the road were actually a slice of cozy home, too? I don't know. I think I'm still messed up a little bit in the mind dept. from the dizzying curves of California highway one.

Either way, there is just nothing quite like the feeling of slipping on your old college sweatpants, cuddling up with a blanket right into the tired and barely saggy spot on the couch, and knowing that you are in your place. Fuhreal.


Yesterday I had some cooking to do for a few projects I'm working on, and as much as I love my panini press and blender, those guys were not the team I needed for these recipes. I needed a stand mixer, a gas stovetop, and an oven.

Okay fine, I just needed breakfast.

And I mean the kind of breakfast that comes fresh out the oven and travels straight from hand to coffee mug to mouth, drippy and sopping and crumbly all at the same time with a rich chocolate intensity and zingy, juicy bursts that could make my toes tingle. Did I mention that these cranberry dark chocolate biscotti are all over that whole scene right there? Awyeah.

Since I didn't have the equipment I needed to make my biscotti dreams come true at my HOME home, I decided to pack up my baking shtuff and head home. I mean my other home. The one I grew up in, and the one with a functional and large and very pretty kitchen that's currently not being reno-ed, which is just a handy dandy one-hour drive away.

Ear buds in, podcast on, flour and honey in the backseat, and go. I'm a girl on a mission when I've got biscotti on the mind.

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti.

I got home just in time for a little Bible-study-and-caramel-roll time that my mom was hosting with some of her sweet friends, all of whom I've known for a long long time, so it was sort of perfect - I crashed the party to said hello to everyone, settled in the kitchen and not make my usual huge mess, and wondered what they really thought of my current life situation as they gazed upon me as a real-life grown up adult sporting a flour-crusted shirt with, once again, the messy bun, on a late Tuesday morning in October.

It just screams professional, right?

Biscotti. These cranberry dark chocolate biscotti are refined sugar free! That's right: whole wheat pastry flour for the good-tasting/textural/healthful win, and a small scoop of honey instead of sugar because my heart adores it.

I may have had one too many granules of sugar on our road trip - like, did you SEE the donut picture yesterday? or wait - there's actually two. my teeth hurt. and even though we did make a pit stop at VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, we are actually trying to be somewhat serious about this sugar selective thing, which is why I'm really trying hard to make things that still truly TASTE GOOD and are not complete sugarbombs.

So now let me show you a picture of this->

Chocolate chunks with agave.

Sugar? Yes? No? What? It's all so confusing. Ugh.

I'm going to explain a few things superfast.

  1. This recipe uses honey as the primary sweetener instead of white or brown sugar. We like honey. We eat honey. We buy it at the local co-op from a source we trust because we're trying to be those kinda people. Easy enough.
  2. That chocolate hunk which is making your palms sweaty with delicious anticipation? Unsweetened. No sugar in there. I'm not going to lie to your face: it doesn't taste good to eat that sucker plain. You're going to cut it up, take a bite, and be mad and confused that it doesn't taste like a sugar high. Hang with me! Plain - resist the urge. But in the mildly sweet biscotti which is then dunked in coffee (see #3), you will love the rich intensity of it with none of the overly sweet aftertaste. Really, you will. And if you know you won't, just go for regularly sweetened dark chocolate chips instead.
  3. These biscotti are meant to be dry and crunchy, which is exactly how I do not like my cookies.  Buuuut in order to serve their life purpose of soaking up hot drinks and getting that perfect crunchy crumble, YOU MUST MAKE THEM CRUNCHY and YOU MUST DUNK THEM IN COFFEE. Don't mess around with eating these on their own - no way, no how. These were made to be coffee's perfect pair (or chai! or steamed milk! or something hot and yummy) so don't cheat yourself. Just start boiling the water right now.
Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti dunking in a mug.

Thanks to my mom for her hand modeling debut - that picture just totally represents how it felt to be back at home, with a working oven, baking something dunkable and very delicious with my mom and her friends laughing and clinking silverware in the next room.

My last comment will have to do with the fact that there is a nice big handful of bright, vibrant, ruby red fresh cranberries in these biscotti-os, and if I am looking at my calendar correctly, we are roughly ten weeks away from Christmas. OH YES I DID.

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti on a drying rack.
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Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti on a cooling rack.

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 biscotti 1x


Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti! A whole wheat biscotti with flecks of orange zest, raw honey in place of sugar, and a generous drizzle of dark chocolate!




  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened slightly
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans or whatever nuts you like (or omit)

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 2 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter, honey, orange zest, and salt with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix until well combined (for me, the mixture looked a little funky at this point primarily because the honey does not incorporate with the butter the same way sugar would, but things started to look more normal as the flour was added).
  2. Add the flour and baking powder. Chop the chocolate into bite-sized pieces. Pulse the cranberries through a food processor and toss with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of flour. Chop the nuts. Add all the “extras” into the dough, stirring until just combined.
  3. Flour your hands and the outside of the dough. Transfer to the prepared pan and shape into a long, skinny, flat loaf - about 13 inches by 3 inches. Bake for 35 minutes. After it's cooled, cut the loaf into thin slices with a serrated knife, staring on the short end, until the entire loaf has been sliced. Place the slices face down on the baking sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. Check for doneness - they should be getting browned and crispy. If they're not crispy, bake another 15 minutes or until desired crispiness. Set aside and let cool.
  4. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and honey. Drizzle over the biscotti (a little baggie with the corner snipped will help it look nice). Serve with strong coffee, spicy tea, or steamed milk for dunking.


I baked the sliced pieces for 30 minutes (15 minutes on each side) because I wanted them to be extra crunchy.

For a more “standard” sweetness, I would use dark chocolate chips instead of the unsweetened dark chocolate. But the unsweetened variety gives a nice rich, intense bite of flavor especially when dunked in coffee. Mmmm.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: biscotti recipe, chocolate biscotti, cranberry chocolate

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    How wonderful to take your work back home with you! These pictures are just stunning. I will just have to save this recipe for a coffee date when my mama’s in town next!

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    What a fabulous post to wake up to! One of the most delicious looking Biscotti I’ve seen ever!! Yum! Can’t wait to try some of them on my favorite Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti recipes!!Thanks for all these amazing recipes! if anyone is looking for good chocolate candies feel free to go to

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    I’ve always wanted to make my own biscotti but I have yet to try it! … this looks delicious and I think it’s about time I make some 😉 plus I love that you used honey instead of sugar! YUMMM!

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    I LOVE homemade biscotti! How nice that you used raw honey as the only sweetener – when my grandad was still alive he was a beekeeper and his bees produced the best honey in the world. Ever since I was little I have been obsessed with honey because of him!

    And about those cranberries… October is when I allow myself to start listening to Christmas songs so yeah… Totally legit addition!

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    Linday, I LOVE that you still consider your HOME home, home, because I now know that that is why Alex keeps coming home on the weekends. Her adorable little studio apartment in Chicago is awesome, but I think that her HOME home is still her comfort zone. Smile.

    Biscotti is my go to Christmas cookie. Every flavor. These look delicious, and you managed to make them a bit healthier. BRAVO!!!!

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    I’m going to make these soon and bring them to my grandma, I think she’ll get a kick out of me being an adult and making biscotti!

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    Reading POY and commenting just 8 minutes before student arrival… Yes, I like to live dangerously. Anyway, know that Sally (the mixer) is just a few minutes away and I will deliver her to you any time you want. 🙂

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        She made pizza bread this morning, strewn with pepperoni and shredded cheese throughout… and after our usual stampede of framily, today, all seven loaves are gone. 🙂

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    Welcome back! There’s nothing like being home with all of the coziness of people, and homemade recipes, and college sweatpants you love. (Written here with a cup of coffee in hand, breakfast by my side, and college sweatpants on in solidarity.) 😉

    This biscotti looks wonderful. I love how you food processed the cranberries!

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    It’s been so long since I’ve made biscotti. Feeling inspired to try again after this post! Here’s a totally random question: Did you edit these photos with a VSCO? I saw that you had listed VSCO as one of your expenses in your monthly income report. I myself just bought pack 1 and I am still trying to figure out how to adjust the way I edit photos. Would you mind sharing which VSCO packs you bought? Not sure if one pack is supposed to be especially good for food photos.

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      Yes I did! 🙂 I honestly can’t remember what pack I have but the filter I’m using for these photos is Kodak Ektar 100 –, which will mean nothing to you unless you know VSCO presets. Ha!

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          Yep – that sounds right! 🙂 Have fun! I was totally overwhelmed at first but now that I’ve used them for a while I’m liking it more.

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    Yum! I haven’t had biscotti in such a long time. My mom used to make it, but I have yet to make it myself. I love that you put a little bit of chocolate in the dough as well as on the finished product. 🙂

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    Yay for messy buns/ponies!! Even though I love to travel, home is the best place to be! 😉

    I happen to love my fairly new discovery of the cranberries and chocolate combo…so maybe I should try these! They look amazing, although I’m not really a coffee person, so I’d have to find another hot drink of choice (hot cocoa? Yum.).

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    YUM!!! I love biscotti and triple heart love biscotti without any refined sugar! I have a question – I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing what you use for your nutrition info?
    Thank you!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I use a nutrition label tool available on our membership site Food Blogger Pro – To use the tool you have to be a member, but the good news is that you can sign up for $1 for your first month to try it out and see if you like it, and you can cancel at any time if you decide it’s not a good fit. 😀

      There are also several other websites like Calorie Count where you can generate the labels for free, but you’ll have to take a screenshot of the label whereas the tool we have on FBP will give you a direct download of the label.

      Hope that helps Shashi!

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    What a lovely recipe 🙂 The combination of fresh cranberries and orange sounds delicious! I have completely stopped buying biscotti from stores after discovering how easy it was to make at home.
    Would it be possible to replace the butter with vegetable oil?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thank you! The orange was so zesty and num! Not sure about the replacement of oil – I think the butter would add a better flavor than oil would.

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    These look so good… and I’m realizing it’s been way too long since I’ve made Biscotti! I’m going to have to correct that. Maybe today. I usually make a ton of Biscotti around Christmas because it keeps so well and makes for an elegant gift. But, who wants to wait until then? Thanks for sharing!