This Cranberry Almond Raisin Biscotti Crisp recipe is a DELICIOUS family-favorite that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season!
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I’m on a bit of a cranberry kick lately. They’re just PERFECT for this time of year! (Check out my Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Cookies!)
My dad LOVES Biscotti Thins. He was buying expensive boxes that only had six thins in them! I decided to create a recipe for him, so he could have more for less! I obviously needed to include cranberries!
It took some effort to perfect this recipe. My first batch… the tasters (my family) said the flavor was perfect, BUT the texture was off. The CRISPS were chewy, not crispy. They were also very hard to bite and break off. It looked like everyone was eating beef jerky! Oops!
How to Make Cranberry Almond Raisin Biscotti Crisps
I adjusted the ingredients and methods. I learned that it is EXTREMELY important to spend the time to let them dry out toward the end. This is the key to a crispy texture. I was a tad impatient and took them out too soon. I was also afraid to dry them out TOO much. Definitely check them during the last bake (yes, we bake them twice!), but don’t be intimidated by how much time it takes! It’s low heat! (250 degrees F).
It is also important to cut the loaf into THIN slices. As thin as you possibly can. I’m very clumsy… so, I struggled a bit with this. My Cranberry Almond Raisin Biscotti Crisps are never as thin as I want them to be. But, they still come out great! It is also important to cut the loaf with a serrated knife. This makes it easier to cut through it!
Ingredients for Cranberry Almond Raisin Biscotti Crisps
- 4 Large Egg Whites
- 1 cup Flour
- 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Shaved Almonds
- 1/4 cup Raisins
- 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (Craisins work great! Get them from Target here!)
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Directions for Cranberry Almond Raisin Biscotti Crisps - First Bake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. (This makes later steps easier).
- Beat the egg whites until they look almost soapy.
- Add sugar. Mix.
- Add flour. Mix again.
- Carefully fold in the shaved almonds, raisins, and dried cranberries.
- Spread in the loaf pan (on the parchment paper).
- Bake for 30 minutes. The loaf should still be a little soft.
- Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes.
- Remove and let it cool to room temperature.
- Put it in the fridge until it’s very cold. (This makes it easier to cut.)
Directions for the Second Bake
12. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
13. Remove loaf from the fridge. Peel the parchment paper.
14. With a serrated knife, cut the loaf crosswise. Try to cut the slices thin.
I try to cut them this thin:
15. Arrange the slices on baking sheets. (I need to use two).
16. Bake for 45 minutes. The goal is to dry them out. Don’t let them get TOO brown. They will continue to crisp as they cool.
17. Let them cool.
I think I stored my first batch a little too early. This may have contributed to the chewiness. Please let them cool before storing.
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I would love to know what you think! How did your’s come out?! I hope you enjoyed them!