Fruity Christmas biscotti

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes about 72 biscuits
The perfect make-ahead gift, these will keep for up to a month after baking and look really impressive

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen part-baked and sliced

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal50
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 egg, beaten



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  • coarsely grated zest 1 orange



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  • 85g raisin
  • 85g dried cherry



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  • 50g blanched almond
  • 50g shelled pistachio


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Put the flour, baking powder, spice and sugar in a large bowl, then mix well. Stir in the eggs and zest until the mixture starts forming clumps, then bring the dough together with your hands – it will seem dry at first but keep kneading until no floury patches remain. Add the fruit and nuts, then work them in until evenly distributed.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 pieces. With lightly floured hands, roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm long. Place 2 on each tray, well spaced apart. Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough has risen and spread and feels firm. It should still look pale. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack for a few mins until cool enough to handle, then turn down the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1.

  3. Using a bread knife, cut into slices about 1cm thick on the diagonal, then lay the slices flat on the baking sheets. The biscuits can be cooled and frozen flat on the sheet at this point, then bagged and frozen for up to 2 months. Bake for another 15 mins (20 mins if from frozen), turn over, then bake again for another 15 mins until dry and golden. Tip onto a wire rack to cool completely, then store in an airtight tin for up to one month, or pack into boxes or cellophane bags if giving as gifts straightaway.

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Comments (166)

soonick's picture

This was the first and still the best biscotti recipe that I have baked. Given to friends as gifts, I just soak up the positive comments. I was even told that I could sell them to the Italians! Move over cupcakes and macaroons there is a new kid on the block! More of the same please.

dee-lectable's picture

Easy recipe to follow and turned out just as described. Made as Christmas gifts for family/friends which was loved by all. Loved eating it as the Italians do, dunked in good Italian coffee. Passed on recipe to my sister in law who has adapted it as she doesnt like the fruit in it, but includes almonds. Am doing this recipe again to take a prettily packaged gift for my hostess for a dinner party at the end of the week.

carrotcustard's picture

Incredible tasting and a really forgiving recipe. Forgot to add the nuts and fruit filling before baking, realised after about 5 mins in the oven, quickly scraped the warm dough into a bowl with the fillers and mixed, rolled again and back in the oven within 5 mins, still came out perfect.

geordielass33's picture

mixture was dry at first but then went wet and sticky - persevered and biscotti came out great. Impressed my friends and family!

grr503's picture

I made these for Christmas this year and they went down a storm, people picked them to eat over all other chocolate and treats in my house.
Used cranberries rather than cherries (more festive), they very very easy to make and looked very professional.

oddspod's picture

Really easy to make, and the result is amazing. I used cranberries instead of cherries (as I can't find dried cherries, and cranberries are more festive). I've also tried it with chopped up dates, which worked but wasn't as colourful.

abarnden's picture

Great Christmas gift, very easy to make. I used dried cranberries and extra almonds as I had no pistachios. Look gorgeous in crystal wrap and ribbons.

hrgoddess's picture

I find the dried fruit and nuts amounts are too much so cut the amount called for in half as well reducing the sugar somewhat. I add the fruit and nuts after putting in the eggs, along with 2 tbsp of melted butter. Adding the butter makes them crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside (no broken teeth!). I've made them this way 3 or 4 times now and they are a huge hit.

chickenofpie's picture

Works perfectly! I used cranberries instead of cherries. Made this to put in Christmas hampers. Really pleased with the results.

sonya80's picture

Very easy recipe, just used sultanas instead of raisins. I found the 15 mins each side was fine in my electric and my gas oven. Made some for gifts for Christmas and gave some to my family. Looks like I need to make another batch as they disappeared in a day!

gerardinem's picture

Excellent biscotti. I added fresh dates. I hae made a second batch to give as Christmas pressies!

prisca1985's picture

Brilliant!! Just made these!! Smell amazing, so easy to make, I used cranberries instead of cherries too and they are just so delicious! Can't wait to give them as presents in hampers for christmas! x

gabrielabrach2's picture

they're just beautiful, i made the 'sausages' a bit too thick and biscuits came out quite long but still lovely.

sandra25's picture

I just made a batch of these to give as presents and having tried one, it is tempting to keep them! As suggested I substituted cranberries for cherries. I think these will become a Christmas favourite.

pmaskell's picture

Oh my goodness! I have just made a batch of these to give as presents to friends, family and the children's teachers. They are splendid. Taste beautiful and look really impressive! I had no mixed spice, but simple added a teaspoon each of ginger and cinnamon instead. Also had some dried cranberries left over from another recipe, so used them instead of the cherries. GORGEOUS!

bmowe1's picture

I made these in readiness for Christmas gifts. I used pale caster sugar as that's all we had, and glace cherries that I had left over from a different recipe. The end result is still superb!

Very easy to make and very tasty (I obviously didn't know what else to do with the ends of each roll, once I'd sliced them).

Highly recommended!

mscupcake's picture

Wow! Dead easy to make and lovely and crunchy, just how biscotti should be. Simple to make changes too.

Can't quite see why you make the dough and then add the fruit/nuts; I added it all together and it seemed easier to distribute evenly...........

Definitely will be making again.

amyfleurphillips's picture

I make these very year - they are delicious! They are rock hard, but great dipped in tea. Fun to make and look/taste great!

kypnut's picture

easy to make, and everyone loved it didn't even make it to the tin,am going to make for a cake sale and put in Christmas bags,


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