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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pistachio White Chocolate Biscotti

For about 15 years I had two biscotti recipes that I kept returning to: one for apricot-almond biscotti and one for chocolate biscotti with white chocolate chips. I tried many other recipes but none of them compared to my tried-and-true. That is until today!!

I spend a bit of time browsing the internet for recipes and came across one that caught my eye by Tyler Florence on the Food Network site. I saw Pistachio Biscotti and figured since pistachios are nuts the gods created just for me, why not try yet another biscotti recipe :) 

Of course, a pastry chef can't just take a recipe as we need to tweek it a little, right? I decided to add white chocolate chunks to to the recipe (love pistachios and white chocolate combos), increase the salt, and use pistachio extract instead of vanilla. Pistachio extract isn't commonly found in grocery stores, so I'm sure the result would still be quite wonderful with vanilla extract.

Pistachio White Chocolate Biscotti

  • 1.25 cups roasted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pistachio (or vanilla) extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3.5 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Beat the butter until light and fluffy
  • Gradually add the eggs, sugar, and pistachio extract and mix until creamed
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt mixing until just incorporated
  • Using a spatula, mix in the pistachios and white chips until evenly distributed
  • Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a log (12" long by 1" high)
  • Place the logs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Let the logs cool for about 15 minutes (you want the logs just slightly warm when you cut slices)
  • Slice each log ona diagonal into 1" thick pieces
  • Place each cookie on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes
  • Turn the cookies over and bake the other side for another 8 minutes
  • Let cool slightly and remove from pans
  • Pour large cup of coffee or tea and eat entire batch before anyone gets home!


  1. Pistachio and white chocolate, put the coffee on. I am on my way over!

  2. Thanks for your comments! Sorry, Michelle, but I need to eat the first batch by myself to make sure no one gets sick. Oh, the life of a pastry chef!!

  3. Responding to my mom's comment... Sitting here in second period that sounds amazing right now!

  4. I make a skinny cinnamon chocolate chip biscotti but I love the sound of yours too! Pistachio nuts make a nice addition!

  5. These look and sound really, really good. I'm a pistachio lover, so I can't wait to try these, especially since it sounds pretty simple to make.

  6. These sound gorgeous, and I think the final step is the most important one :)