Biscotti is such a classic Christmas cookie in our house. We’ve finally figured out how to make them vegan, and we’re sure that you’re going to love them as much as we do.
THE SECRET TO VEGAN BISCOTTI
It’s about time! This vegan cranberry pistachio biscotti cookie has been driving me crazy for the past two Christmases! This is the cookie that I shared at holiday parties for decades, until I went vegan, then I thought that the days of my famous biscotti were over.
I tried numerous egg-replacers, but the texture just never turned out like my original recipe. They were either too chewy or too hard. The last thing I wanted was for someone to break a tooth or loose a filling because of my cookies. I needed to find an egg-replacer that would mimic real eggs and make a cookie that was crunchy on the exterior and have the perfect chewiness on the inside. Thanks to the miraculous and fabulous chickpea brine known as aquafaba, I’ve finally cracked the code to the perfect vegan biscotti.
Let the celebrating begin!
Have you tried baking with aquafaba yet? If not, you really need to. It’s amazing stuff. You don’t have to mix anything with water, it doesn’t taste like banana or apple sauce, and it seems to have the same chemical reactions and binding agents as eggs do. I’ve made the most gorgeous meringue with it. I’ve made kickin’ jalapeño cornbread that’s so fluffy and not dry. And now, I’ve finally created my traditional holiday biscotti with cranberries and pistachios. I literally almost cried tears of joy when I took the first bite of this batch.
How to Make Vegan Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti
This is a fun cookie to make because it requires getting your hands dirty. It’s not enough to stir it with a spoon, you need to knead it like a bread dough, and then divide it and form two logs of cookie batter with your bare hands. A great activity for the kids. And did I mention that this is a one bowl cookie recipe? Yep, it’s super easy in regards to clean up.
There are five simple steps involved in making this cranberry pistachio biscotti recipe.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together.
- Add the wet ingredients and stir until the dough starts to stick together.
- Put your hands in the bowl and knead the batter until all of the flour is incorporated and it forms a ball. Split the ball in two and make two long logs with the dough.
- Bake the logs for 25 minutes and remove and let cool for fifteen minutes.
- Slice the logs, making approximately 1” thick cookies and lay them flat on the baking sheet and bake for another 20 minutes.
The first time I attempted to make biscotti—about a hundred years ago—I thought it was going to be so hard, because of the kneading and baking twice. It wasn’t hard at all, and they became my favorite holiday cookies ever. I found the original recipe in an old cook book that I lost during our last move. I think it was accidentally put in the donation pile. Fortunately, I memorized it because of the numerous times I made them, and then when I learned to use a PC (don’t laugh), I saved it.
Now that I’ve finally created a vegan version, I can share them with you on my blog. See how far I’ve come?
Honestly, starting this blog has helped me grow and learn in so many ways, and for that I am so grateful. As we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few things that I’m most thankful for.
I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for. I’m a true believer in the power of writing your truth. From your thoughts, to your eyes, to your hands, to paper (or screen), to the universe.
- Family, Friends, and Fur-babies
- Our home
- This blog, and you, my dear readers. You keep me going, and encourage me to learn something new every day. Thank you.
- Cooking, seasons, running, tennis, technology (most of the time), my husband’s sense of humor, education, my camera, and spinach.
I’m going to take Friday off and enjoy having my family all in one place for the weekend. Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving! See you all on Monday.
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- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of aluminum-free baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of finely ground sea salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- Zest of one small orange
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- The brine from one 16 ounce can of chickpeas
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together and make a well for the wet ingredients. Pour the vanilla and a 1/2 cup of the aquafaba into the well and stir until just combined. Add more aquafaba by the tbsp if needed. The dough should be sticky, but not wet. Make sure your hands are clean and begin kneading the dough until the flour is fully incorporated and it forms a ball. Kneading the dough will make it firmer.
Divide the dough evenly into two pieces and form two logs on the cookie sheet that are approximately 12x3 inches. Bake for 25 minutes and remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°
Gently remove the logs from the cookie sheet and place on a clean hard surface and slice diagonally into 1 inch slices. For best results use a sharp serrated knife and gently saw through the log. Don’t press to hard or you may crack the log. Patience is key! Lay the cookies flat on the cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 more minutes or until lightly golden brown and firm.
Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.
Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.