Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies



Hurray the Christmas baking season has arrived!  Do you feel that way too?  I made these little gems for the first time and we all fell in love with them.   Salty, sweet, chewy, and tasty is how I would describe these -- and they whip up in just a few minutes -- they are made with a Betty Crocker Sugar cookie mix.  Their delicate green coloring is from pistachio pudding and gives the cookies such a pretty color.  These little gems are perfect for any holiday cookie plate or for the "Big Guy's" visit on Christmas Eve.

Leave some out with some milk for Santa.


Recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
Via Betty Crocker

1 pouch Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 box (4 serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/4 cup flour (See my 'Notes.")
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup dry roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl stir cookie mix, pudding, and flour. Add melted butter and eggs and stir until incorporated.

Add pistachios and cranberries and mix well.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for about 8 minutes.  They will look like they are not done, but they will be.  Let them sit on the cookie sheet for about two minutes.  Do not over bake!  Cool and eat.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Notes:  Make sure you make a test cookie.  After making a test cookie, I added about 2 more tablespoons of flour to make more of a full cookie.  I also sprinkled the cookies with sugar before baking.

Leave some out for Santa to eat -- oops looks like "The Big Guy" has been here already!




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14 comments:

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Y U M Joni and Merry Christmas. Your cookies look and smell divine I'm sure and they look like an easy fix! Thanks.

Tiffanee said...

Oh Yum! What a great flavor combination! They look so delicious!

Debbie said...

Totally different and SO Christmasy! I love baking cookies at any time, and Christmas makes it all the more fun.

Although, I first I read that first line, "Hurry, the Christmas baking season has arrives." I relate to that, too. Ha!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is my kind of cookie! I'm giving these a try! Look for them next week ON THE MENU MONDAY with a link back to this post. May I use one of your pictures of these little sweet treats? I'll give you a photo credit and a link-out!
Thanks!
Yvonnne

Lisa said...

These look delicious! Love the color combo too! AND they come from a mix so they are easy to make! WINNER!
Hugs,
Lisa

Barbara F. said...

I like to 'mix' in a mix too with my cookies. These sound so good. xo

Jacqueline said...

Yes, I am excited for the whole season! Just turn on the Christmas music and let me at it! These look wonderful. I love the red and green in them and they look so cute on the napkins too.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They sound delicious and look beautiful! I love that soft, green color and with the cranberries perfect for Christmas.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I see a faint green color to them, looks great with the cranberries-fun:@)

ButterYum said...

I'm a huge pistachio fan - love the festive color combo of these cute cookies. I hope you're having a great week.

:)
ButterYum

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

What a unique cookie! I've never thought of this combo! Delish it sounds though!

We'd love for you to come link it up to our 12 Days of Christmas Goodies! (Day 1 is still open too looking for Candy Bark recipes) But today is Day 2 and we are featuring.... CHRISTMAS COOKIES of any kind (and I think this cookie is perfect)!

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-goodies-smore.html

Pat's Pink Apron said...

These cookies sound great! I love the light green color. Pat

Julie said...

These look delightful! I'm going to a cookie swap party in a couple of weeks, and I thought I knew what I was bringing, but this changes things :)

bella said...

I made these cookies and they are delicious. I froze most of them for Christmas Eve. Thanks for a great recipe!

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