Cardamom Biscotti with White Chocolate and Cranberry

Posted on by on January 7th, 2012 | 48 Comments »

Ah lazy Saturday evenings. The weekend is coming to an end and the beginning of a new week is ahead of us (here in Israel the work week starts on Sunday) filled with errands and chores. It’s that wonderful time where the sun is still lingering onto the last hour of the day before setting over the horizon. Its beautiful evening glow creates rich colors on the streets. There’s that stillness outside that only comes at either dusk or dawn. My hoodie keeps my warm enough to not have to move inside quite yet. My little morkie, Marley, is asleep on my lap as I sip a cup of mint tea. And, a beautiful acoustic version of Led Zeppelin’s That’s the way plays on my speakers. How I would love to pause time and hang on to moments like these.

Pause time for moments like these and biscotti. Biscotti filled with white chocolate, dried cranberries and a hint of cardamom that lingers on your tongue after you finish eating it. I really cannot think of a better way to enjoy your afternoon tea. Can you?

The inspiration for these Italian biscuits came from fellow blogger Lindsey’s beautiful blog rosemarried. When I saw her version with hazelnuts and dried cherries with orange and cardamom I was instantly drawn to the idea of making a version of my own. Using her biscotti base as a starting point I filled the dough with cardamom, white chocolate and dried cranberries. I took a cue from Lindsey who dipped the tips of her biscotti in dark chocolate, and dipped the tips of my biscotti in a cardamom infused white chocolate because well it just didn’t seem right not to.

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 teaspoons ground cardamom, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
12 oz. white chocolate chips

Directions: 

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter on high speedy, until fluffy (1-2 minutes).
Add in the sugar, and continue beating until well combined. Reduce the speed to low, and add in the eggs one at a time.
Mix until blended, and add in the vanilla.
In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, 2 teaspoons of cardamom and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat on low speed until combined.
Gently stir in the white chocolate and cranberries.
The dough will be very soft.
Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface and divide in half.
Transfer one-half onto one side of the lined baking sheet and shape into a log about 12″ long and 1.5 inches wide.
Repeat with the remaining dough on the other side of the sheet, leaving at least 4 inches between the logs.
Bake the biscotti until the edges are golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minute.
Carefully transfer the biscotti logs to a flat surface.
Using a sharp knife, cut off slices of biscotti (1/2 inch wide).
Place biscotti pieces on the baking sheet (on their side) and bake for 10 minutes more, or until golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire racks.
Once the cookies have cooled, melt the white chocolate and remaining cardamom, using a double boiler.
Dip each biscotti in the chocolate, coating 1/4 to 1/2 of the cookie
Carefully place each biscotti on a piece of parchment or wax paper, and allow to cool.

And if you have a chance to enjoy these with a cup of tea in the stillness of the late afternoon here is that beautiful version of Thats the way for your listening pleasure.

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48 Comments

  1. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    BethMichelle, what a wonderful, peaceful scene you paint! Tea, biscotti and great music with your pet on your lap. I feel more relaxed already! :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Fran! I cant think of anything more relaxing in the late afternoon!

  2. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    oh what a creative biscotti flavor- love this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thank you!! They were amazing.

  3. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    These were the BEST!!! Mmmm I can still taste them :-)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Yay! So glad you liked them! We need to be making more biscotti!

  4. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    Oh, gosh, what’s not to love about these beauties! That white chocolate glaze just pushes them over the top!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Yes, I think all biscotti should be dipped in chocolate! Makes them even that much better.

  5. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    This biscotti is so lovely! Wonderful combination of flavors you have hers, I am especially loving the cardamom and cranberries! It sounds amazing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Amy. I am a huge fan of cardamom in desserts. It really adds such a lovely layer of flavor!

  6. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    Beautiful biscotti! I love that you added the cranberries!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Stephanie! The cranberries give them a slight tartness and add a layer of chewy texture.

  7. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    These are beautiful photos and the biscotti looks SO delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thank you Valerie!

  8. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    Hot tea, delicious biscotti and relaxing music – my kind of spending the day.
    Have a wonderful day Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Roxana! Isn’t just the best way to unwind and relax?!

  9. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    Hi BethMichelle thanx for stopping by my blog..U hav got lovely collections,Biscotti looks perfect ,nice clicks…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thank you! Im glad you stopped by and enjoy the blog! Hope you continue to visit!

  10. Posted on: 1-9-2012

    So pretty. I’ll have to give these a try. I always look forward to my lazy weekends. They don’t happen very often.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      I hope that when you do get a lazy weekend you are able to make these to enjoy!

  11. Posted on: 1-10-2012

    I’ve never met a cardamom dessert I didn’t love! This looks amazing Beth! Spicy, sweet and crunchy … aka… PERFECT! lol :D

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      I never met a cardamom dessert I didnt love either! It really adds something special!! Definitely PERFECTION.

  12. Posted on: 1-10-2012

    If I’m going to push the pause button I would definitely like one your biscottis in my hand. These are gorgeous! And I just love cardamom.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      I hope that you can make these and push that pause button to enjoy them!

  13. Posted on: 1-11-2012

    I love cardamom. It is a completely underutilized spice. These scones sound perfect for a quiet afternoon with friends.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      I agree Kristen! I wish people would use cardamom more often.

  14. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    I often see one with chocolate but not WHITE chocolate! This is such a special biscotti. I love cardamom and cranberries… you must have made this for me! Really, it looks so good! I am not sure if I can pull off biscotti even though I want to eat some of these… arrhhh… one day!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Nami you can totally pull off biscotti, I have no doubt in my mind that they would be perfect! Maybe you should give these a try!

  15. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    White chocolate and cranberries are a nice combination. And the cardamom would add a great touch! These are so pretty.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Beth! The cardamom adds a little something special to the biscotti for sure.

  16. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    You brought together some amazing flavors for this tasty biscotti. The blend of cardamon, cranberries and white chocolate I am sure makes for an awesome treat. I would love to have some of these with tea! Delicious.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Tina. I love cardamom and white chocolate together. This was my first time having the 2 together and now Im hooked. Perfect combination.

  17. Posted on: 1-13-2012

    Very cool post..music, biscotti…just perfect!!!! Love your photos and the way you made those biscotti!!
    Wishing you great weekend ahead!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Sandra! Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend!

  18. Posted on: 1-13-2012

    these sound just divine, + your pictures turned out gorgeous! i could sooo go for one of these with my afternoon tea or right before bedtime. love the addition of cardamom for a bit of a twist. lovely!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Amy! These are great with afternoon tea or right before bedtime, or anytime really!

  19. Posted on: 1-13-2012

    I really enjoy the flavor of cardamon and I have never had it in biscotti. These look really good and I could totally eat one right now with my morning coffee. :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      This was the first time I had cardamom in biscotti and its delicious!

  20. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    These are just stunning and your pictures are amazing! I have a Yorkie pup – Sunny. what is a Morkie? I’m assuming that it’s half Yorkie at least!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      A morkie is half yorkie half maltese! I have a yorkie too his name is Cody. Arent yorkies just the greatest?!?

  21. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    Wow, these biscotti look amazing! I love cardamom and use a lot of it in my Indian cooking, must taste great in the biscotti. This recipe is a must try!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-15-2012

      Thanks Asmita! Isn’t cardamom such a wonderful spice?!

  22. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    I simply adore cardamom and these gorgeous biscotti! I am now in the mood to change my morning cup of coffee for some mint tea and a few of these :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-15-2012

      A cup of mint tea and some of these biscotti would make a perfect substitution to morning coffee!

  23. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    Gosh, I don’t know how I didn’t see this til now! I’m so pleased (and flattered) that you liked my biscotti enough to make your own version! These are beautiful. I love your take on them (with white chocolate! mmm.).

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thank you so much for the inspiration! Especially for the cardamom idea! Amazing.

  24. Posted on: 1-18-2012

    very interest recipe hope can try to make it soon and that looks so delicious, thanks for share

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thanks Farida. Hope you get to bake them and enjoy them as much as I did!

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